Saturday Sailing

Sunday, June 02, 2013
Well, it wasn't exactly sailing (there were no actual sails) but Mom and I spent a couple of hours this Saturday afternoon floating along on the North Saskatchewan river.  For a few years now, we've both been talking about how we want to experience more of what Edmonton has to offer and one of those things was a ride on the Edmonton Queen, a paddle boat that does tours through the city's river valley.  We were bound and determined to do it this year - I even had a 2 for 1 coupon!  Since we'll be in Jasper National Park for a vacation this summer, we figured we'd do it when we got back.  However, Mom surprised me by getting us tickets for this weekend. 
We couldn't have asked for a better day to go out on the river; it was sunny with a light breeze and a few clouds.  Warm but not too hot.  And, since it was still early in the summer season, the only other people on the boat were some German tourists, a Filipino family and a couple who seemed more interested in drinking than watching the lush scenery the river valley has to offer.
The trip itself is about an hour going west from Rafter's Landing as far as the old Rossdale power plant and then back east past the Cloverdale pedestrian bridge before returning to the dock.  At one point, Mom commented that it made her feel like she was aboard the African Queen or floating down the Amazon, it was so "distant" from where we live just minutes from the river valley.  Its hard to believe that just beyond the lush trees and quiet river lies the heart of Alberta's capital city.
And of course, a leisurely trip down the river wouldn't be complete without Canada's national drink, the Caesar.

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