Monday, November 21, 2005

Descent of Long Harbour River and wood on North Arm River

Long Arm River

I'm finally cleaning my desk and making a few minor updates to the website. Gary Davies, Dave MacDonald, Darren McDonald, Geoff Minielly, and Jim Price flew into the Long Harbour River and paddled it to the sea. The Long Harbour River begins at Meta Pond and flows south into Long Harbour, east of Terrenceville on the Burin Penninsula. Everyone tells me the trip was excellent; beautiful scenery, good rapids and continuous gradient. It sounds like another wilderness multi-day trip has been opened up on the island. Apparently a trip report is on its way in the future and I'll add it to the inventory of rivers. Dave kindly included some pictures in his note and I've posted them below.

North Arm River

I was on the North Arm River over the weekend (November 19) and noticed a lot of wood in the river channel, more than normal. It isn't a problem at the moment, but a lot of these trees will move in the next major flow event and may block some of the narrower slots in the rapids. So, just a warning for anyone that might pop out for a quick run when it rains over the next few weeks.

Flying into Meta Pond.

Top Section of "Hole Lot of Trouble"

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Results from the Virgin Wave Rodeo

The second annual Virgin Wave Rodeo came and went this past long weekend. This year the weather in central Newfoundland behaved and we had a nice sunny and warm day to play in the canyon of the Exploits River.

Rodeo day saw a paddlers congregate at the put-in for the Upper Salmon Ladder section; a short and beautiful stretch of whitewater, which is seldom run. The initial rapid is a series of ledges with tight slots that end in a 2.2m waterfall, very fun. Several people ran this section, amusing the crowd with their varied methods of getting to the final drop upright and pointed downstream.

The two groups of paddlers re-united below the bridge and continued down to the first competition at the loop hole. Paul Rose and Andrew Stewart amused us by travelling downstream on a large water bike, which handled the whitewater suprisingly well. However, it could not surf the Virgin Wave. The "Free-for-All" event at the loop hole went well. Everyone had 20 minutes to style the wave and we saw flurries of cartwheels and big loops from many of the competitors. In the end it was a close call between Darren McDonald and Jim Price for the top ride at this little playspot, but Darren managed to pull out the biggest loop of the day.

At the Virgin Wave the competition heated up as many paddlers flushed through the wave, which has a very soft foam pile at low September water levels. The competition essentially came down to single rides and linked flat spins. I won the rodeo with a series of low angle blunts off the left shoulder and Andrew Stewart was a close second unleashing a vertical blunt, but was unable to stick the move on the green face of the Virgin wave. Betsy Wilson, the sole female paddler, swept the women's events.

After the rodeo was finished we headed up to Pizza Delight for cold drinks and pizza. We were met there by several sea kayakers that had been paddling in the area over the weekend. Everyone was tired, hungry and really thirsty at this point, but it seems like we all had a good time again this year.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Virgin Wave Rodeo


After very busy summers for Paul and I, with the help of Tina Thoden, have put together the final bits of the Virgin Wave Rodeo. As previously advertised on the whitewater website( rodeo is this coming Sunday, September 4, 2005. It is being held at two different venues within the Canyon section of the Exploits River. The two main events are the Hydroscapes Free-For-All and the Virgin Wave Surf off.

There are a few details with which we would like to augment the information on the website:

1. Paul Rose has offered to lead a trip down the Badger Chute section of the Exploits River. This trip is scheduled to start Saturday morning; meet at Red Indian Adventures at 10:30 am. If you or your friends are interested in this trip please contact myself ( or Paul (

2. Paul and Joy Rose have also invited paddlers and their friends to camp at Red Indian Adventures. This has been successful during other events and comes with several nice perks. Camping at Red Indian Adventures is $8\night\person or $15.00 for both Saturday and Sunday nights. This includes a large tarped recreation area, outhouse and wash facilities, stove and bbq, firewood and a big fire pit, and a shuttle for Badger Chute (Saturday) and the rodeo (Sunday). Plus it is a beautiful location on the banks of the Exploits River. For people who have not been here before Red Indian Adventures is located in Aspen Brook, west of Grand Falls. It is easily located by following the billboards along the TCH.

3. Registration for the Rodeo will be on Sunday morning at 10:00 am. This year, prior to the main event, we have organized a trip down the Upper Salmon Ladder section for more advanced paddlers. On our journey to the Virgin Wave we will visit several unique rapids and playspots in the upper reaches of the Exploits Canyon. We will rejoin the rest of the group at the bridge and continue downstream to the competition spots.

4. After the rodeo we are planning to convene at Pizza Delight for a pizza and re-live our glory moments on the river. This will be arranged for approximately 6:00, after the awards ceremony, and all are welcome to join us.

5. We would also like to take a moment to thank our sponsers. They are: Kayak Newfoundland and Labrador, Red Indian Adventures, Hydroscapes, Avalon Interactive Massage, NF Whitewater, Print Atlantic, and Arris Productions. Hopefully this list will be longer and if you would like to be involved in the Virgin Wave Rodeo as a sponser, please contact Paul or myself.

If you have any further questions please ask.

Sincerely, Chris Buchanan (
Paul Rose (

Friday, June 17, 2005

More changes to the website

I don't have any content changes this time around, but I have changed this page to a blog. I'll try this out for a while. It will allow me to keep track of these little blurbs over time. I have a new river to add to the files and will try and get it up in the next week or so.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005


Since I last had a chance to update the site a lot has happened in the province. Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Fraz Champion. Fraser passed away on the Whites River near Cormack on the west coast of the island. I've updated the data page for the river and it includes links to several memorial pages that have been created to celebrate Fraz's life.

There is also an update for the Sandy Harbour River. This trip was completed in early May and Dave MacDonald has graciously shared his trip report and photographs. It looks like a fabulous overnight trip. Thanks guys.

I have also started to change the format of the website. Now all of the data pages are presented in PDF format. This should facilitate easier printing and saving of the information. However, it will trip all of the newer XP security features.Keep your stick in the water.