Canoe Meadows – Kananaskis River

by Tony Daffern on August 4, 2009

Kayak CompetitionThe section of the Kananaskis River between Widowmaker and Canoe Meadows was enhanced 25 years ago by strategically placing large boulders in the river to create whitewater features for for kayaking and rafting. Over the years features eroded, eddies silted up and berms and rock piles were displaced, and in 2007 plans were made to upgrade the facility.

In April and August 2008, 1500 tonnes of limestone rock, donated by Lafarge Canada, was placed in the river to create deep-water Class 2 to 3+ features, or used to construct a trail along the race course, and viewing areas for spectators and officials. A new hanging gate system allows for 3 full-length slalom race courses. Two year’s of work culminated in hosting the Pan American and Canadian Kayak Championships last weekend. The project was headed by the Alberta Whitewater Association with contributions by many individuals, organizations and sponsors. Congratulations to everyone involved — it’s a great facility and was an exciting event for spectators. It’s a pity more people didn’t know about it.

Five-time Olympian David Ford powers through a gate at the Pan American Championships.

Five-time Olympian David Ford powers through a gate at the Pan American Championships.

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