Sunday, September 09, 2012

Solo Kayak Trip on the Lower Fraser River

On the Labour Day long weekend, Wayne took a three-day solo kayak trip down the lower Fraser River. He used our Current Designs double kayak we lovingly call the Big Yellow Banana. When you see it on top of our white Ford Tempo you'll know why. The trip started at an informal boat launch/camping spot just west of the Rosedale-Agassiz Bridge on Highway 9. When Wayne arrived on Thursday afternoon, it was almost empty. When we returned to retrieve the Tempo on Sunday, it was packed with holiday outdoor enthusiasts.

The Rosedale-Agassiz Bridge was built across the Fraser River in 1956. From 1953 when Highway 9 opened, travelers had to take a ferry across the river. Not as quick as a bridge for sure.

The lower Fraser River has lots of sandbar islands that are perfect for kayak and boat camping. With the low water of late summer, the river is more docile. Plus the low lying island have extended sand and gravel bars for easy landing. The nights are still short and warm. Just perfect for an end of the summer get away. -- Margy

11 comments:

  1. I actually have a picture of your Big Yellow Banana on top of your Tempo, along with Mr. Float Cabin, parked in front og the Beach Hut, last month. I was going to use it in a post, but then decided that with all the articles in the Peak et al you'd had enough of publicity! :D

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  2. I'd love to learn to kayak one day, maybe now that the kids are gone. What a beautiful place!

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  3. I see a lot of kayakers out in the water daily. Looks like a relaxing quiet journey to be on. I be afraid to tip over. Nice shots.

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  4. a great trip and a great bridge to pass. :)

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  5. You have so much fun out there!

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  6. I've only ever been a passenger in a double kayak, but it was wonderful.
    I love the photo of the Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge with the mountains behind it, and the beautiful blue sky. I remember crossing it for the first time when I was just a kid. My father "introduced" us to it, as if it were a friend, because he loved rivers, especially the Fraser, and a new bridge was a real thrill in the 50s.
    K

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  7. It certainly looks like a perfect get away.. Glad you had a nice weekend. Perfection for you and your beloved. Great to see all the pics. Blessings sent your way.

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  8. Paul - One more advertising strategy.

    Al - There are lots of places you can rent one to give it a try before buying one. That's what we did, and then bought a used one from the same rental company.

    Stephanie - When I used a small single kayak I did tip over getting out. But our large double is very stable.

    Kay - You have a wealth of knowledge about BC. It must have been a great place to grow up.

    Jenn - That's our job, find ways to have fun. So far so good.

    Margy

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  9. I love the mountain behind the bridge.

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  10. That sounds like a peaceful little trip Wayne was on. I would love to do something like that someday.

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