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.
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).
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.
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.