Even with several inches of snow, people from all over north-eastern Alberta gathered with their canoes and kayaks on October 8, in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record.
Darlene Crawford made the application, and was thrilled with the support despite the large amount of snow. Many participants thanked her for hosting the event, and some wore costumes and decorated their boats.
Co-organizer, Jim Storch said, “We persevered through adversity which makes for the most memorable memories.”
Getting down the hill to the boat launch, some participants even rode in their kayaks and as if they were toboggans.
Councillor Clint McCullough added, It was a great event; a lot of fun!”
Many questioned the appropriate wardrobe, and Todd Ree skied and paddled on the same day. Participants travelled from Mannville, Vermilion, Kitscoty, Marwayne, Lloydminster, and Lac La Biche, but many others were unable to attend due to road conditions.
Darlene Crawford said, “Unfortunately we have to report that we did not break the record (with approximately 74 kayaks/canoes in the parade) today, but we have some incredible Albertans out here; look at the smiles!”
“So many people pulled together to make it work. We may not have broken the record for the number of crafts, but I think we sure broke a record for enthusiasm. It was fantastic to have that show of support,” added Leslie Bruce.