Widgeon Creek Canoe Day

E sitting in the shade of an umbrella

My sister was nice enough to offer to watch the boys for us, and would be staying with us for a few days.  She enjoys kayaks and canoes, and has roof racks on her car (with two new cars, neither has yet been set up to hold the canoe) a trip to Widgeon Creek seemed like the perfect way to spend the day.

The boys and their Aunt.

Widgeon Creek is a beautiful spot, you launch at Pitt Lake, but instead of heading into the lake, paddle across the river.  On the internet there is lots of talk about the closure of the canoe rentals, to clarify they do rent canoes there.  The canoe rentals are now located across the roadway from the launch, but open.  This is a beautiful place to paddle, with different channels and marsh areas to explore.  A campsite is also found on the creek, with what I hear is a beautiful trail to a waterfall (it is on the list).  Passing through the Widgeon National Wildlife Reserve, many animals can be seen on the shore (haven’t seen much since taking the boys, I think they make enough noise to scare all the wildlife away).

Our first stop, a rocky beach.

It was a lot quieter on a weekday, and with the hot weather here a great day to paddle!  With the high water the beaches we usually stop at for lunch were all underwater, but being able to make it further up the river than usual we found new places to stop.

With a few trees across the creek, and swallow faster water, this is as far as we go.

Getting to as far as it made sense to go, we decided to continue anyway, we may have only made it another 100 feet, it was fun.  A few rapids to paddle up until there were too many logs across to push it any further.

Great spot to relax.

Boys found a slow moving place to play, away from the main creek at this stop.

Another canoe heading back got stuck. The were not in any real trouble.

Widgeon Creek

C paddling

A tree that has recently fallen into the creek.

E paddling from the bow.

Mountains and Marsh

Leaving the Pitt lake launch

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14 comments


  1. oh my, that looks absolutely amazing! looks like you guys are so much luckier with the weather…….Wales has not had anything BUT rain for months now :(

    • It is beautiful here! After a few weeks of colder than usual temperatures and lots of rain (One of the broken island posts we spent the day under a tarp or in the tent. Hope the sun finds you soon too :)

  2. Bev

    Nice! A family affair!

  3. Great post. It reminds me of the explorations me and my young sons at the time made. Definitely best of times nicely documented here with your photographs.

  4. What a beautiful area. Thanks for sharing this awesome family adventure.
    -Andy

  5. Everydaywild

    Looks like a beautiful place for a paddle!

  6. We are a family of paddlers, ourselves! Beautiful photos!

  7. love the happy smile on that young paddler

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