This year instead of going to Norway for the Northern Hemisphere summer Jordie and I decided to change it up a little and travel to Canada for a working holiday. I had never been to Canada before so I didn't know what I had been missing out on. The kayaking is amazing with beautiful canyons and sweet sections of whitewater. The mountain biking is just epic, beautiful scenery awesome and creatively built tracks. Also the Canadian people are super friendly, welcoming and generous.
Hanging out in Squamish for the summer I have been working for a rafting company called Canadian Outback Rafting Centre splitting my time between safety kayaking and learning to oar guide. If you want to visit this area in the summer and you are short on funds it is a good idea to make sure you have a working holiday visa. It is pretty easy to pick up safety kayaking work for a rafting company on the busy days of the week then you have a bit of cash to spend on missioning around the place.
Even before I arrived in Canada I had heard about the Ashlu. Kayakers speak about going to paddle the Ashlu with a kind of reverence so of course I was keen to check out this amazing sounding river. Unfortunately halfway through the season before I got a chance to paddle the revered Ashlu my kayak was stolen. I was a bit reluctant to jump in a boat I had never paddled before and kayak a new section of difficult whitewater so I thought I might have missed my chance to see this river.
Luckily for me I have some amazing friends! One of my mates, Martijn, organised a day off work for me on the last day that the Ashlu was releasing for the summer. Another friend, Andraz organised to borrow a boat for me and even took me for a nice warm up lap on an easier section of the Ashlu above the famous box canyon section. Then with a solid team and a nice flow I got to experience the beauty and awesome whitewater the Ashlu has to offer.
The Ashlu is definitely one of the most beautiful and amazing rivers I have been on, words can't really describe so you just have to go there and experience it for yourself.
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Hopping back and forth between Rotorua (New Zealand) and Voss (Norway) is Toni’s way of following the summer and the water to where the boating is best. After graduating with a degree in Biological Science, she boarded a plane, then a kayak, and found that nothing else is quite as good as being on the river.