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  • #1585
    Jenny Right-Side
    Participant

    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.
    Any ideas?
    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
    Jen

    #17813
    Phitty
    Participant

    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.

    #17814
    ThomL
    Moderator

    The Pet used to get more spring-time use by the play crowd – back when hole moves were still cool <img loading=” title=”Cool” /> . When golf course was in, you could often find a crowd there. Now that cartwheeling is so passe :roll: 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.

    #17815
    Jenny Right-Side
    Participant

    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.
    Jen

    #17816
    morrisonaj
    Participant

    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.

    #17817
    Mark D
    Participant

    Jenny,

    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. :smile:

    Cheers,
    Mark

    #17818
    Jenny Right-Side
    Participant

    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 <img loading=” title=”Wink” />
    Sorry if I offended anyone.
    Jen

    #17819
    Phitty
    Participant

    I think we’ll be up in Pet tonight actually.
    Around 6:00ish.
    P.

    #17820
    Jenny Right-Side
    Participant

    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 <img loading=” title=”Wink” />
    Jen

    #17821
    Phitty
    Participant
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