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Gander River Canoe Trip
Timestamp Free: 2018.08.14 - 11:23:22
Ranges: North America Ranges / Quebec-Labrador Ranges
  (3 days)
Participants: Len Zedel, Elizabeth Zedel, Alida Zedel, Fern Zedel Easy river canoe trip
A three day canoe trip in Newfoundland from Gander Lake to Gander Bay 50 km down the Gander River
It was the summer of 2011 and we needed to find some sort of family holiday that we could afford. Liz amazingly suggested that we canoe down the Gander River with the kids! This was not a complete shot in the dark, Liz and I had canoed the Gander River some 20 years earlier serving as supervisors for a Rovers group. We had noted that the river was an easy trip, with a taste of fast water but nothing severe. A further consideration is that at no point are you very far from civilization as the river is frequented by power boats servicing a city of salmon fishing lodges (recall the Peter McKay helicopter trip). This is a safe, easy introduction to river canoeing (or so we thought).

We had several hurdles to overcome like the fact that the kids had never been in a canoe because (another hurdle) we did not own a canoe. Further to the question of the canoe was the issue that we were four bodies so we would need a rather large canoe. My friend Barry provided the solution to our problems by offering an old Grumman aluminum canoe that he had. This vessel was not pretty and not new but it was 18' long with lots of beam.

When you canoe down a river, you end up at a point some distance from where you started. It's just the way it is. My approach to solving this problem would normally be to stash a bicycle at the far end and then ride back to retrieve the car. However, this is Newfoundland and even though we don't have any family here, everyone else does. Kristy's parents live in Gander and were more than willing to accommodate us by shuttling our car around. They even insisted that they park our car in their yard while we were on the trip.

Now with everything in position, we headed out with the car loaded to the gills, the kids hyped for adventure and this to the steady...

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