We’ve mostly paddled on the calm lower Red Deer River which is great for wilderness camping, swimming and generally hanging out. In 2009 I went on my first lake trip to Bowron Lakes and loved lake paddling just as much as rivers. A long canoeing trip in Quetico is on our must paddle list one of these summers.

Lake Trips

Canoeing Lakeland Provincial Park – Jackson, Kinnaird, McGuffin and Blackett Lakes Circuit (2013)– We did the loop but I would recomend skipping the portages and just canoing back and forth.

Bowron Lakes Circuit (2009)– My first lake trip. It rained for most of the trip but the lakes were lovely.

The Red Deer River (From North to South)

Red Deer River: Content Bridge to Tolman (2010)– We did this trip in 2006 as well. There is good parking at both ends of this section of the river but the shuttle takes time.

Red Deer River: Dry Island Provincial Park to Drumheller (2010)– Not the most scenic portion of the river but I did get to camp on an island!

Red Deer River: Drumheller to Dinosaur Provincial Park (2008)– We took a week to do this portion of the river. The weather was hot but the bugs got worse the longer we were on the river.

Milk River

Milk River: Random Bridge to Milk River Townsite– The May Long Weekend was not a good choice for this trip but the rental canoe shuttle made it easy to organise.