Aha! Adventure - Milk River, AB
Dates: May 29- June 2, 2024
Cost: $725 plus gst
Enjoy 5 days of paddling through vast, rolling grasslands and unique semi-desert landscapes as we make our way from Del Bonita to Riding on Stone Provincial Park. This southern Alberta River has intimate sandstone canyons, hoodoos and many small rapids and rocks to maneuver around. It is a great river to develop your canoe and tripping skills. We will enjoy both the upper and lower sections of the river. The upper is not as busy with other paddlers and there are few rapids. The lower has many small rapids and more rocks to navigate.
There will be a pre-trip meeting via Zoom. After you register, you will receive an email when this will occur. At the pre-trip meeting, you will meet your group and we will discuss clothing selection, food planning, packing techniques, meals and travel logistics.
All of our Aha! Adventure trips are "community catered". All participants and guides take their turn providing and cooking breakfasts and suppers on the trips. Everyone looks after their own lunches and snacks. This is a fun way to share, try new meals and learn how to bake and cook in the backcountry. Guides will help at every meal and give you lots of assistance!
Prerequisites: We recommend some basic river skills before the trip. (check out our canoe courses!) Guides can also teach skills along the trip but it would be good if you knew how to steer a canoe in a straight line before you came. You should have an average fitness level.
Cancellation Policy: A $150 non-refundable deposit is required to register. The balance is due 30 days before the trip start date. No refunds on or after this date. We recommend trip cancellation insurance.
May 29: 8am- Leave Calgary (location TBD) and drive south to the put-in at Del Bonita. It takes about 3 hours. Plan to be there around 11:30am. We will set up the shuttle to the town of Milk River and then start our trip down the river. We will randomly camp on the river beneath the big grass hills and enjoy some evening hiking.
May 30-31: Full days on the river and camping underneath the big sky.
June 1: Enjoy the Sandstone canyons and fun rapids as we make our way to camp around Poverty Rock.
June 2: Take off the river in the early afternoon at Writing on Stone Provincial Park. We will pick up our vehicles on the drive back.
Safety equipment (throwbags, first aid kit, emergency communication)
Group camping gear (tarp/shelter etc.)
Group cooking equipment (pots, stoves, utensils, fuel)
Experienced and qualified guides
All canoe gear (canoes, paddles, pfd's)
Camping and permits
You are welcome to join the van from Calgary or meet us at the river. We will need help with the shuttle from the group.
Medical Form and Waiver:
In order to participate in this trip, you are required to fill out all your registration and medical information.
EMERGENCY EVACUATION AND TRIP CANCELLATION: In rare cases, if you have an emergency and need to be evacuated from the trip, you will be responsible for any extra charges. The quickest way to get off our remote trips is via floatplane or helicopter and if we contact these companies directly for the quickest service, you will be responsible for the expense. To ensure that there are no surprises, we recommend that you get evacuation insurance. An evacuation could be very costly in remote locations, so we recommend that you are covered through your credit card or another plan. One option available is Tugo Insurance at: https://www.tugo.com/en/travel-insurance/canadians/. You may also want to consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance if for some reason (i.e. illness) you are unable to go on the trip. If cancellation is required at the last minute, you will need to have trip cancellation insurance. This will protect yourself and Aha! Adventures and allow us to offer great trips into the future.