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A NOTE ON PADDLING RIVERS:
The Assiniboine River is quick moving and cold in the spring and early summer. We do not recommend paddling at this time of year unless you have previous river experience. In the late summer and fall the rivers are usually quite safe to paddle - but always keep your distance from bridge pillars, small islands and other in-water hazards, as these create fast-moving currents that can take inexperienced paddlers by surprise.
Type: Canoe or Kayak
Approximate Distance: 6km (from Omand's Creek), 8.5km (from Bruce Park) or 17km (from Coleridge Park)
Number of Portages: 0
Recommended Time: 1 hr (from Omand's Creek), 1.25 hrs (from Bruce Park) or 2 hrs (from Coleridge Park)
Fees/Permits required: None
This route is perfect for a day or evening paddle in Winnipeg, especially since it ends at the forks where you can secure your boat and stop for a meal or a drink. Since it is a one-way route, you will have to arrange to collect your vehicle at the end of the trip. The three easiest options are:
This route can be paddled with most types of canoes and kayaks, which are available to rent from Wilderness Supply. At certain times of year the river may be shallow at some points - be cautious if using a kevlar boat that you do not scrape or drag the bottom.
Head west on Portage Avenue, and turn south down Bedson St (the second-last set of traffic lights before the Perimeter Hwy). Turn right down Coleridge Park Dr and park your car near the park. At the north end of the park there is a set of concrete steps leading down to a sandy put-in.
Coleridge Park Put-in
Paddle southeast, with the flow of the river. The river will take you past the St Charles golf club on the left, and under the Moray bridge and Assiniboine Park footbridge before continuing past Bruce Park.
The Moray Bridge
Assiniboine Park Footbridge
Drive west on Portage and turn south on Ferry Road. Drive to the end of the street, where you will find ample parking in the Bruce Park and Bourkevale Community Centre lot. Across the grass there is a rocky put-in that is also a popular spot for fishing. The park is an off-leash dog park, so you may meet some curious pups while unloading!
Bruce Park Put-in
Paddle east, with the flow of the river. You will pass under the route 90 bridge and a rail bridge before continuing past Omand's creek.
Route 90 bridge
Drive west on Portage and turn south on Raglan Road. Park near Omand Park and cary your canoe down the paved pathway towards the water. Depending on the water level you may have to put in near the creek mouth where the banks are lower. Beware of slippery or muddy rocks, especially while carrying your boat.
Omand Park Put-in
Paddle east, with the flow of the river. You will pass under the Maryland bridge, Osborne bridge, Donald St Bridge, and St Mary's bridge on your way to the Forks Harbour.
St Mary's Bridge
Pull up at the public docks at the forks harbour. If you intend to stay at the forks to eat or drink after your paddle consider bringing a cable lock so you can take your canoe out of the water and secure it to a tree or fence while out of eyesight.
The Forks Harbour
The Forks public docks
All paddlers undertake trips at their own risk. Canoeing/kayaking is a potentially dangerous activity, and should not be undertaken unless you are medically able and properly trained. Wilderness Supply has no responsibility for any claims, demands, causes of action, damages, or injuries, whether caused by paddler negligence or any other cause on this or any other provided trip routes. Paddlers should assess both the current conditions and their own skill levels at all times during their trip to take the safest course of action possible. Always leave a route plan and expected time of return with a third party before heading out on a trip, and take along a means of making emergency contact if necessary.