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Steve Lambert, new reporter for The Canadian Press, and (Global News) offers his readers a scenic image as vivid and memorable as a photograph or painting in his article “Winnipeg waterways offer wilderness escape in the city.” Here is his depiction of “two canoeists” encountering the Canadian wilderness.

“The deer raised its head and froze, silent and still amid the tall grass on the river shoreline, as two canoeists drifted by. For almost a minute, the animal kept a wary eye on the humans and did not move a muscle until they passed downstream.”

Mr. Lambert informs his readers this is a common scene for many paddlers. In fact, “It’s a scene played out in wilderness areas across Canada. However, what makes this scene so intriguing is that “It is roughly one kilometre (km) or (0.62) miles from downtown Winnipeg, arguably the most paddle-friendly city in the country.”

Winnipeg, according to The Canadian Encyclopedia The city of Winnipeg is the capital and largest city of Manitoba, Canada., and is located at the confluence of the Red River and Assiniboine River 100 km north of the Minnesota border. The name is derived from the Cree name for Lake Winnipeg, 65 km north, win-nipi, meaning "murky water."

Winnipeg is an important economic and cultural centre for the Prairies. Lying midway between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, it has been called "Bull's Eye of the Dominion," and because of its location between the Canadian Shield and the prairie, "Gateway to the West."

According to Mr. Lambert, because, “Four rivers cut through the Manitoba capital there are countless access points, official and otherwise. This offers residents a quick journey from downtown office buildings or suburban homes to the lush green shorelines and wildlife-filled waterways.”

Additionally, “The rivers offer a view of the city that is completely different from the bustling streets just a stone’s throw from the shoreline. In the river valleys, you take in green forests on the shore and hear the gurgling sound of the water. You’re likely to spot deer, eagles, pelicans, geese and other animals which follow the green belt shorelines from the countryside into the city centre.”

Charles Burchill agrees. “It’s great. You can go all of a sudden from a residential area to an escape.” Mr. Burchill is “an enthusiast and instructor” who, aided by his four canoes, has mapped out several dozen places in the city where people can drop in their canoe, kayak or paddle board,” according to Steve Lambert.

“It really is kind of a jewel that we have,” according to Mr. Burchill.

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