Pandemic paddling: Edmonton canoe rental companies flooded by demand

Edmontonians flocking to North Saskatchewan River

Trevor Howlett · CBC News · Posted: Aug 15, 2020

If you’re looking to rent a canoe or kayak to paddle the North Saskatchewan River on a weekend this summer, it won’t be easy.

Traffic on the river is higher than normal as Edmontonians find ways to stay active in a COVID-19 pandemic summer. 

Jason Hayes, owner of Canoeheads, has been renting canoes for trips on the river since 1996. He said this season has been especially busy. 

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Trail fees in Bighorn Country being discussed as area becomes overrun with campers – City News

by Taylor Braat, Derek Craddock

POSTED AUG 4, 2020 8:39 AM MDT

CALGARY (CityNews) – The Bighorn Country area has been overrun with campers, garbage, and a lack of social distancing. Now trail fees are being discussed at the provincial level.

The large piece of land near Sundre and Rocky Mountain House is becoming a popular go-to this summer as Albertans flock to nature, one of few reprieves from the city and the reality of COVID-19.

A June report from the Bighorn Backcountry Standing Committee said garbage is being left behind, social distancing isn’t happening, and large groups are camping in random areas.

The Alberta Hiking Association is now proposing camping fees, and it has provincial support.

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