Roseau River

Within an hour's drive of Winnipeg, when water levels are just right, this pristine river offers whitewater canoeing that is second to none in Southern Manitoba and offers up the most fun you can have in a canoe. The river flows between high sandy cliffs occupied by thousands of swallows.  The upper half of this route has about three to five Class I rapids per kilometer of travel, as well as the occasional Class II, so scouting is possible. It provides excellent teaching possibilities and we will show you some paddling techniques to keep you on course and upright. There is also the Senkiw suspension bridge to stretch your legs.
  
The lower half of the route will challenge your manoeuvering skills on the seemingly endless rapids that follow one another for 20 or 30 minutes. It is strictly glance and go, and you are bound to bump a rock or two as you try to negotiate between them. Fortunately, the canoes are built to take the rough stuff with only minor dents and scratches.

A couple of kilometres before the takeout point, the cliffs disappear from view, the topography levels out, and the current slows, providing a welcome cool down for your tired paddling muscles.

NOTE : The stretch of the Roseau River between Gardenton and Highway 59 presents a less challenging alternative route for paddlers with no previous whitewater experience. Both sections can be canoed in two days with camping at Roseau River Campground and full outfitting if desired.

TRIP DETAILS :
  • Duration : approximately 6 hours
  • Rating :     paddlers with considerable experience      
  • Water Conditions : swift water with 50 or 60 Class I and II rapids, no portages
  • Scenic Attractions : high sandy cliffs, suspension bridge, endless rapids  
Cost per day :
           $70.00 for adults (18 years + ) or $120.00 for two adults 
           $56.00 for students  
           $56.00 for seniors (60 years + ) 


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