August 25, 2010 | Tips from Travellers >
Dawson Creek, River Rafting
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They say once you drink from the Peace River, you'll always come back.
Friends of ours invited us on a day trip of floating down the Peace River in inflatable rafts. Even the floors of the rafts were filled with air... I felt like we were inside big green marshmallows. We were very comfortable.
We had picnic lunches, cameras and binoculars.
We took our rafts to the junction of the Peace and Beatton Rivers to put in and we floated down to the Clayhurst Bridge where we had vehicles waiting for us.
The Peace River is immense and strong, yet smooth and quiet. The water has been through the W.A.C. Bennett Dam in Hudson Hope with the addition of the Kiskatenaw and Beatton rivers flowing in.
We didn't see any rapids at all in our 5 hours of floating.
We did see eagles, several black bears, deer and a couple of moose. One of the black bears was swimming to a small island near the edge of the river. It's always humbling to see how animals behave in their natural environment without human interference.
We weren't the only people on the river that day. We met a group of river boaters with company from Wisconsin. It was fun to pull off to shore with them and have a visit and a snack and a stretch and the famous symbolic sip of water.
The Peace River leaves a strong impression. Everyone said they would be back.