I have been dying to get back in a kayak since being taught by Olympic medalist kayaker Adam van Koeverden.
Over the long weekend, Ryan and I borrowed my uncle’s kayaks with plans to kayak down Waterton Lake and camp at the back country camping area on the border. It seemed like a clear enough day until we got to the lake shore and saw how choppy the water was. But I wasn’t about to let that stop me, we forced the dog into the kayak with Ryan and took off.
We were kayaking right into the wind and the wakes were choppy and soaked us pretty good, it gave me a feel for what sea kayaking must be like. My arms were killing me when we hit Bertha Bay (maybe 2 km down the lake) so Ryan and I agreed there was no way we would make it the 7-8 km down the lake to the border campsite and decided to spend the night in the Bertha Bay campsite.
We pulled up, set up our tent, and spent the day lounging in the sun and exploring the beach.
Around 4:30-ish we noticed black clouds on the horizon and began debating whether or not they would make it to the park. We decided that it wasn’t worth risking being caught in the woods in a little tent with the dog in a storm and sadly packed up and headed back for the car.
The way back was a lot of fun because if you caught a wake it was like surfing. It would push you ahead with little to no effort. I was bummed that we didn’t do the overnight thing, but when the hail blasted our home in Magrath that night I was grateful we didn’t risk it.
We are definitely going to have to purchase our own kayaks soon because I could easily make this a regular weekend thing.
Want to kayak?
Here is a link to these super sturdy kayaks we used: Pelican Pulse 100X Kayak