Looking at the Great (Trans Canada) Trail map I notice that the section between the Stewart Creek Interchange and Dead Man’s Flats is now shown as a 6.5 km Water Trail. From the currently closed Bow River Campground the trail follows the Bow River for a way before heading into a narrow, twisting channel to a small boat launch in Three Sisters Campground.
At present, there is a designated boat launch at Three Sisters between campsites 24 and 26, but nothing formal at Bow River although there are possible launch locations between campsites 25 and 27. Maybe one will be provided as part of the reconstruction. Both put-in/take-out locations are well within the campgrounds, which brings me to my next point.
Has the campground operator been consulted? Do they really want the non-camping public off-loading canoes or kayaks in the middle of their closely spaced campsites? And where do paddlers park their vehicles? At Three Sisters there is a small parking area immediately outside the gate, while Bow River has a small gravel pad near the highway before the campground infrastructure that might take 4 vehicles.
Will paddlers, other than those staying at one of the campgrounds, be interested in this route as a day paddle with the traffic noise from the highway and potential hassles putting-in and taking-out. Your thoughts?