By Manue Côté-Gravel, a contributor and bestfriend of the Simple Thrillers.
Last summer, Sarah initiated me to River Stand Up Paddle Boarding. Unsurprisingly, I fell in love with this fun workout (and don’t forget the 360 degree tanning). After my recent move from Montreal to Calgary, I decided to purchase a SUP board in order to be able to fully enjoy my new surroundings. I tried my new board with a friend at Bow River. The view going down the river was quite impressive as this blue glacier water stream overlooks magnificent mountains.
It took us just over two and a half hours to paddle the section from Bow Falls to the town of Canmore on a sunny day. While some spots were quicker and a bit more challenging to navigate on, the overall experience was suitable for intermediate paddlers.
Create your own thrills
It’s true not everyone lives a short drive away from a world renowned natural wonder, but I really think we typically underestimate the fun we can have in our own backyard. Next Saturday, wake up, have a coffee and dare to create your own thrills!
Pick an activity! Anything from running, hiking or kayaking to throwing a soccer game or a music jam. If none of your friends are creating a weekend plan : create your own.
Look up locations! As of right now, Parks Canada does not advertise the Bow Falls to Canmore section as suitable for SUP. We took a chance and had a blast. Change up your routine. Discover new locations. Be a tourist and don’t be shy to ask before thinking you’re not allowed to do something.
Team up! Experiences are delightful when shared. They are enhanced when lived with the right gem. Pick an activity partner that shares your love for life, it’s the most attractive quality any human being can carry. Mid way down the Bow, my friend and I reminded ourselves of how fortunate we were to have this jaw-dropping, panorama view to ourselves in the busiest National Park of the country. His response was to drop his board shorts to his ankles and continue down his white ass out – Just because, might as well.