Saturday, August 27, 2011

Day 8 - White Water Rafting on the Kananaskis River

This afternoon we boarded a bus and rode about 45 minutes to a location along the Kananaskis River to experience Class I & Class II rapids. The tour group provided us with wet suits, helmets, splash tops & everything we would need for our adventure. Yes, we look like blue Oompa Loompas! Our boat guide, Arturo, was from Peru and was fantastic! It was a busy day out on the river with lots of other boats.
The scenery down the river was beautiful and the rapids were a lot of fun. Nothing too serious, but there were a few times where you had to hang on or you'd get tossed overboard! Jeff & I sat up front (I don't know why I let him talk me into that!) and took most of the water hits. The rest of the folks in our boat were from Calgary and were there for one of the guy's 40th birthday. They had about 8 other friends in another boat, so "Splash Wars" was on!
At the end of the ride, we jumped out of the boat (OK, Jeff jumped out & I had to be coaxed out!) and into the water which was a balmy 4 degrees celsius! The wet suits helped, but the water was still darn cold! We had a short ride back to our base camp where we got dried off and had some hot chocolate & cookies.

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