May 19, 2006 at 1:14 am #1585
I was just wondering if anyone could shed some light on why I was the only one running the Pet after work today (with a buddy of course).
Is the Pet usually fairly empty? Are there any boaters out there who live/work in Petawawa?
My guess would be that the town section is not really a beginner run, so people who live in Pet don’t learn in Pet.
It was my first time down by the way and it was fun. Golf Course hole took me 3 rides to figure out how to not surf upside-down, but once I did I was side surfing and spinning. Good times!
Anyone who lives/works in Pet and wants to run the river after work fire me an email
JenMay 19, 2006 at 1:52 am #17813
Its always empty. The only time the Pet is busy is pre ice-out on the Ottawa or weekends at a high level when the catwalk wave is good.
Its usually empty though.
P.May 19, 2006 at 10:52 am #17814ThomLModerator
The Pet used to get more spring-time use by the play crowd – back when hole moves were still cool ” title=”Cool” /> . When golf course was in, you could often find a crowd there. Now that cartwheeling is so passe those folks are elsewhere.
My sense is that the river used to get more river runners as well. I was never more than a weekend paddler there, but it sure seems like there used to be more buzz about the run. I always wondered why there wasn’t a bigger contingent of military folks there – seems like an ideal group to have a club.May 19, 2006 at 11:08 am #17815
I think the problem is that the military folks come from all over, and only a select few have previous experience with whitewater. From what I experienced from the Pet is that it would be a difficult run to learn on, thus why military people posted in from Halifax don’t have the chance to get into it. That’s a poor excuse though since the Ottawa is only 30 minutes away. Just a guess. I wouldn’t want to teach someone to kayak on the Petawawa…
There is a club in Pet – the Petawawa River Rats, although I don’t know how many of them are military.
JenMay 25, 2006 at 2:25 am #17816morrisonajParticipant
I learned on the Pet through the Petawawa River Rats. I happen to be military as well. That being said, I would say the majority of the club members are non-military. The club is going to start back up probably next Wednesday (the water’s warm enough for the non-dry top paddlers to get wet). We meet at 6pm at the Catwalk.
The sad part about being in the military and in such a great paddling area as the Ottawa Valley and specifically Petawawa is that we’re away a lot. I just got back from over a month in Wainwright, Alberta and missed all of the Spring Melt paddling!
A friend and I are heading out tomorrow to the Catwalk around 5:30ish if anyone’s interested.
Cheers, Andrew.May 25, 2006 at 6:17 pm #17817Mark DParticipant
You would be surprised what great spring paddling there is near Halifax, you should check it out sometime. Not just Halifax either, all over Nova Scotia, tons of great rivers there.
MarkMay 26, 2006 at 3:16 pm #17818
I know there is paddling in NS, Halifax was just a town I threw in there as an example, since it is right on the ocean ” title=”Wink” />
Sorry if I offended anyone.
JenMay 26, 2006 at 3:22 pm #17819
I think we’ll be up in Pet tonight actually.
P.May 26, 2006 at 3:50 pm #17820
I would love to paddle it again, but I’m in Colorado for the next two weeks.
Thanks for the heads up though everyone.
Andrew, I will send you a PM for contact info for the future. I work in Pet and am always keen on hitting the river before I head home. That is, unless the Ottawa is at some fun awesome level ” title=”Wink” />
JenMay 29, 2006 at 11:37 am #17821
Golf Course Hole is at a great level (Firday/Saturday). Its really soft for lthose who are just learning as well.
Catwalk was a little punchier but still good.
This is probably one of the hardest levels to run the river (med.low) but its still a great run with plenty of water.
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