Paddling on Lake Isle – Lac Ste. Anne County, Alberta

Lake Isle, AlbertaWe finally took the plunge and decided to put the canoe in the lake. It has been ages since we have canoed, years in fact, as we had abandoned canoeing the minute we bought our first kayak. Let’s face it, kayaks are toys. They are fun, and our little 9 footer turns on a dime making our canoe feel like it is plodding through the water. However now that our kayaks are happily living on Pender Island, we decided it was time for the boat that had been sadly leaning against our fence to finally hit the water again.

The other weekend the lake looked good and smelled good so we decided it was a good day for a paddle. I had bad memories of a wobbly canoe and panicky kids from times canoeing in previous years, but none of this came true on this outing. Clearly kayaking in the ocean had made us stronger paddlers, braver paddlers and also made for braver passengers ( our children). I had forgotten how wide a canoe was compared to a kayak and how much space we had, that took a little bit to get used to.

The outing was successful. We never get to paddle very far as we take turns rotating through which children get to ride and which ones get to paddle. It is pretty much like a lakeside fairground ride. We had missed the bloom of the water lilies this year, but we still managed to paddle by all the lily leaves floating on the surface of the lake. We paddled back and forth along the lake’s edge; most of the cabins had not put docks in this year which made this an easy task.

Hopefully this coming long weekend we will get another windless day and be able to put the boat in again. The kids were thrilled to canoe, and we were pretty surprised with how much fun we had.

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4 thoughts on “Paddling on Lake Isle – Lac Ste. Anne County, Alberta

    • We definitely keep our kids busy, I’m not very good at sitting still. We joke that our kids need to go back to school to recover from their summer break.

      I like your painting comment…..might be an idea once I can get to my easel.

  1. Great photo Deb. We went through the same thing when we got our kayak (tandem). The canoe sat sadly alone for a long time and we finally gave it away. We find with ocean kayaking, dealing with strong tidal currents and wind, that kayaks are so much safer and easier to paddle.

    • Thanks Kenneth. I couldn’t imagine taking the canoe out on the ocean (but I have seen people do it!). After the last outing I think we will be taking the canoe out more often. Teaching the kids to paddle a canoe after them being used to kayaking is where we have a few challenges (they think they have half a paddle! LOL!)

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