The long-awaited Kayak/Canoe launch planned for the Riverbank Discovery Center in Brandon will soon be installed and ready for use this week Tuesday.
Discovery Center general manager James Montgomery says the plan has been in place for some time, but he had to wait for the water levels in the Assiniboine River to drop.
“So we’re really excited to finally open it on Tuesday,” he shares. “Anyone can use it. A trail will start from the south of the [Discovery] Center, on our little switchback trail, to an existing platform that empties into the Assiniboine River. The kayak dock will be constructed from the platform extending approximately 100 feet into the river.”
The $179,000 project is funded by federal grants, a grant from the Brandon Area Community Foundation and a financial contribution from the City of Brandon.
Montgomery says the launch site is a protected area, perfect for lowering a smaller craft, and they will have kayaks and a canoe for rent by the hour, with paddles and life jackets also available.
“This year we’re going to have a full summer of use, so we’re really looking forward to it and getting people out on the Assiniboine here!”
“I have canoed through Brandon many times myself and have canoed most of Little Saskatchewan [River] to Spruce Woods and it’s a great trip!”
Please listen to the rest of the interview with James Montgomery and Barry Lamb from CJRB about the new kayak/canoe cove launch site along the Assiniboine in Brandon.