Paddling with appreciation: Pelicans, poetry and pickerel
Kayakers on Husavik Coastal Wetlands (Photo by NCC)
The peaceful sound of water trickling off paddles, a gentle breeze rocking your kayak ever so slightly; in front of you, a heron goes about its business, ignoring the group of kayakers in favour of searching for lunch.
This was the experience that Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) staff were able to share with donors and partners on July 27, when we hosted a kayaking tour of our newest property in the Interlake, Husavik Coastal Wetlands.
Led by Rob Jantz from Prairie Sea Kayaks, we launched our kayaks at Willow Creek, just south of Gimli, Manitoba. From there we followed the creek to the coast of Lake Winnipeg, stopping at a beach ridge to stretch our legs and talk about conservation in Manitoba’s Interlake Region. Then it was just a short paddle along the coast, until we turned into our Husavik Coastal Wetlands Property.
We paddled through the quiet cattail marsh, watched the previously mentioned great blue heron wade along the shore, and listened as Rob read an excerpt from Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front by Wendell Berry. We then returned to our starting point, kept company by a flock of pelicans and some adventurous dragonflies. Our day came to the perfect ending when we enjoyed some local fried pickerel and chips at the water’s edge.
Attendees and NCC staff both had a wonderful experience. We would like to thank Prairie Sea Kayaks as well as the East Interlake Conservation District for joining us and making this event so special. To view a photo scrapbook from the day, click here.