3 Rivers Rendezvous (Pincher Creek, AB)

Date: 
Friday, May 18, 2018 - 4:00pm to Monday, May 21, 2018 - 4:00pm

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Join us for the 20th Annual 3 Rivers Rendezvous    May 18-21, 2018 down here in the "Centre of Adventure".

The Pinch-o-Crow Creekers Kayak Club will be organizing and leading trips on the Castle, Crowsnest and Oldman Rivers. There will also be chances to go paddle the Carbondale, Elk, Wigwam, Bull, Highwood, Waterton or Belly Rivers while you are down here. Only three days and too many rivers to paddle. 

Plus we have the Carbondale Creek Race on Sunday.

Registration Opens April 1st (April Fools Day) Go to: https://www.albertawhitewater.ca/civicrm/event/info?id=34&reset=1  for more information

​​There will be opportunities for beginner groups to get on the water and paddle easier stretches as well as more advanced trips.  We are a week later so we should have more sun, less snow and lots of water for all you big wave fans. Okay seriously – its always been fun and it will be fun this year too! And this is our 20th Anniversary - so it would be wonderful to see you again.

This event is hosted by the Pinch-o-Crow Creekers Kayak Club. All proceeds go to support youth kayak programs and kayak lessons to schools in Southwest Alberta. 

In Person Registration can be completed at the event but we would appreciate your advance registration so we can have a great steak reserved for you and enough food for everyone. 

This year we will have demo boats and StandUp Paddleboards from several manufacturers and equipment will be on site to try and buy.

The event will be based at Castle River Rodeo Grounds, 5 km north of Beaver Mines on Hwy 507. Camping is going to be the same as last year. It is centrally located and easy to find off Highway 507 between Hwy 3 near Lundbreck and Beaver Mines. This site is well sheltered with flush toilets, a camp kitchen and lots of room for everyone – even those softies that bring trailers. The campground has electrical plug-ins at all sites except #7. Bring extension cords and adapters for 30 amp receptacles if you want to plug in. Check out the map for info on the different sites. 

 https://www.pinchocrowcreekers.com/campground-map 

Drive west on Highway 3 past Lundbreck Falls till you come to Highway 507. Turn south and head towards Beaver Mines and Castle Mountain Ski Resort. Drive 8 km south, after you cross the Castle River at the top of the south hill, turn east to the Castle River Rodeo Grounds. The road swings back down to the river, follow the signs into the campground.

We have Steaks and fixings dinner for Saturday night and Sunday night we will have another great dinner - menu still to be confirmed. There will be vegetarian options for those who want it. Please let us know in advance so that we can order enough for you. 

Again this year we are encouraging you to bring your own plates, cups and cutlery to reduce our waste.

On Saturday night we will have children's games and draw prizes for the kids. On Sunday night we have a great games night for teens and adults and draw prizes for the older crowd.

New this Year - a new Brew Pub, the Oldman Brewing Company, opened in Lundbreck last year and they are sponsoring a Beer Garden for Saturday and Sunday nights. We will have 3 different beers on tap each night and from personal experience and other tastetesters they are pretty good. Adults will receive 2 tickets for beer/wine with their registration and extra tickets can be purchased in advance or at the event.  

We have package prices for the weekend. This price includes all entries, entertainment, 3 nights camping, 2 suppers and 3 breakfasts, plus prize tickets. Early bird on-line prices are as follows. After May 10th the price increases by $15 and late on-site registration increases again by another $10.

FULL PACKAGE PRICESEarly RegistrationAfter May 10After May 17
Adult $110$125$135
Junior$105$120$130
Children 6 and under FreeFreeFree
Families of 2 living together$175$190$200
Families of 3 - 4 living together $200 - $220$215 - $235$225 - $245
Families of 5 or more$240 + $20 for each additional person$255$265

Snowpack is WAY above average this year in the Castle, Waterton, Crowsnest and Oldman drainages right now. So you need to come down here to get some paddling in on our southern Alberta rivers.

Trips PlannedNoviceIntermediate - Advanced
Saturday

Lee Lake

Crowsnest River

Castle Falls

Castle Canyon

Elk - Bull - Wigwam

Sunday

Waterton Lake

Crowsnest River

Lower Oldman

Carbondale Creek Race

Castle Canyon

Upper Oldman

Elk - Bull - Wigwam

Monday

Crowsnest River

Castle Canyon

Oldman - Whaleback

Upper Oldman above Dutch CK

Upper Oldman - Gap Run

For up to date info on water levels and snowpack go to: http://environment.alberta.ca/apps/basins  go to Oldman River Basin - River or Snowpack Data 

We are building on our very successful long weekend event that kicks off the summer kayak season for Alberta. For the last few years we have had 300 paddlers down here, so it's a great gathering and with so many river runs around there is lots of space for everyone. This year we have games and prize night on Saturday for the kids and Sunday night with games and prize draws for the teens & adults. 

For those of you with friends or family not paddling, there are some great hikes, mountain biking, great historic sites close by (Frank Slide, Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump and the Bar U Ranch), flyfishing, shopping and even some cowboy adventures if you want something totally different.

We are asking people to register online to help us figure out how much food to prepare and to set aside a camping spot with your friends. If you have any questions please call or send me a note. 

Chuck Lee                   Pinch-O-Crow Creekers    Box 162, Lundbreck, Alberta

403-628-2336 days/evenings       403-632-9598 cell intermittent          chucklee@toughcountry.net

Beginner & Novice Lessons

If you are a brand new novice paddler, still dry behind the ears, and would like a 2 day lake and river beginner kayak course. We are making special arrangements for you this year. This will include a session in the pool before going to the lake on Day 1. The second day will be on the best novice teaching river in Alberta. There will be an additional $125 cost to the weekend for you, which is a great deal for 2 days equipment and instruction.

If you have been in the pool this winter and want to get to the river faster we are offering a 2 day novice kayak clinic at an extra fee of $125. Pre-registration is required.  Instructors will do a quick review on the lake before heading over to the river to introduce you to the current.

THE BEGINNER AND NOVICE COURSES HAVE TO BE PRE-REGISTERED.

Aquabatics Courses 

Simon and the crew from Aquabatics will be offering a reduced rate on their paddling courses at the Rendezvous. For more details go to: https://www.aquabaticscalgary.com/newblog/pincher_creek_courses_2018#

Carbondale Creek Race

The Alberta Freestye Kayak Association is running a creek race on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm on the Carbondale River on the 5 Alive Rapid. This year we are expanding the Prize Money for the medalists from the event. Giffin would appreciate you pre-registering for the event so he can plan the itinerary for the AFKA event and we can figure out the Prize Money. To be eligible for the Prize Money you have to register for the Rendezvous. 

NCCP Evaluation Days - FREE

The AWA is offering a free opportunity for people who want to complete their evaluations for the Lake Instructor, River Leader 2, Whitewater Leader 3, River Instructor 2 or Whitewater Instructor 3 courses to be evaluated at the Rendezvous.  THERE IS NO COST BUT EVALUATIONS HAVE TO BE PRE-REGISTERED SO WE CAN ARRANGE TO HAVE EVALUATORS AVAILABLE FOR YOU.

To register for the weekend go to: https://www.albertawhitewater.ca/civicrm/event/register?id=34&reset=1