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PostPosted: April 9th, 2015, 8:07 am 
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Hi All,

I'm planning a canoe trip with my wife and am looking for a bit of advice. We were initially wanting to drop in at Dickson Dam, then go to Mckenzie Crossing, but that may be too far. We would like to do 2 nights on the river, starting first day about noon and preferably ending last day about noon as well. From what I have found, it seems most people do 10km/hr on this river. We were planning on going on July 17th-19th. The other thing we were considering was Content Bridge to Drumheller, but that may be too short? It would be nice to end at Mckenzie Crossing as that's where our cabin is near, and we have to return the canoe there either way.


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PostPosted: April 9th, 2015, 8:48 am 
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A good two days paddle is from Content to McKenzie crossing ( 35 km)

I give myself 3 days for Red Deer to Content and 5 days for Content to
Drumheller.

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PostPosted: April 9th, 2015, 1:37 pm 
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Wow, I'm surprised to hear that. I had assumed 30 km's or so would only take 5-9 hrs? How many hrs are you paddling each day? I'm going off this pdf:
http://www.paddlealberta.org/pdf/trips/ ... MedRes.pdf


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PostPosted: April 9th, 2015, 7:17 pm 
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I think the site you’re working off gives similar estimations of distances per day as I do. Do you have canoe tripping experience? If not some things to consider is taking down camp in the morning, loading your canoe and finding suitable campsite and setting up at the end of the days paddle etc. Also in July, throughout the Red Deer river corridor, lightning storms sweep in quickly . It may only pour for a couple of hours but you will be waiting it out on shore. And there are wonderful coulees to explore on foot.
Hope this helps.

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PostPosted: April 10th, 2015, 5:42 pm 
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Laura P wrote:
A good two days paddle is from Content to McKenzie crossing ( 35 km)

I give myself 3 days for Red Deer to Content and 5 days for Content to
Drumheller.

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Five days seems like a long time from Content to Drumheller. Do you not mean 5 days for Red Deer to Drumheller?

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PostPosted: April 10th, 2015, 7:18 pm 
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It is 120 km. And the river ain't that steep 'long there.

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PostPosted: April 14th, 2015, 8:10 am 
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My understanding is after Mckenzie Crossing the river opens up a lot and slows down. IS there anywhere to put in between Content and Red Deer?


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PostPosted: April 14th, 2015, 2:12 pm 
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Burbank campground(confluence of the Blindman) and Joffre bridge are a couple. It's 50 km from Joffre to Content.

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PostPosted: April 16th, 2015, 1:38 pm 
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Any idea what length of time it would take from Joffre to Content? I'm thinking Joffre to Content may be the ideal trip. Or start at Content and see where we get.


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PostPosted: April 17th, 2015, 12:06 am 
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2 days paddle

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PostPosted: May 4th, 2015, 11:49 pm 
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Joffre to Content is best done as a two day paddle. We have completed it several times in one very long day, but the people that joined us have never gone paddling with us again. And the regulars on the river laugh about their poor choices in completing this section in one day.

The people recommending 20-30km/day on the Red Deer River are being very honest and encouraging you to enjoy the trip. Unless you hit very high water, the river is typically quite slow, and is very prone to upriver winds that will make you wish you were on shore with a lovely hot cuppa something. On the other hand, the scenery is beautiful.

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