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Once again, Undercurrents will be hosting pool clinics this winter at the Mount Royal University pool. And, we have released the dates for the 2016 - check the dates for each clinic by visiting our Lesson pages - each clinic is listed in the right column. Or, follow the links below.

This year, we have brand new Jackson Rogue kayaks for our clinics!

The Kayak Discovery clinic is a quick introduction to the basics of kayaking. It is ideal if you are wondering if kayaking is for you, or to prepare for travelling somewhere hot this winter!

The Kayak Rolling clinic is a great opportunity to learn to roll your kayak, or to improve whatever parts of the roll you have. The low participant:instructor ratio ensures every participant receives quality individual attention. We use Paddle Canada-certified Kayak Rolling instructors!

Our Kayak Self-rescue clinic will introduce you to a variety of self-rescues and assisted rescues. This is a "hands on" program, so come prepared to participate fully.

We also have spaces available to Practice on Your Own so that paddlers can practise their skills without an instructor. It is a great excuse to do a little paddling and socializing while the weather is cool!

New store exterior

October 2, 2015

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Did you hear that Undercurrents is staying in our current location? And doing an extensive renovation?

As part of the reno, we are redoing the exterior of the building. That's the first portion of the renovation to be nailed down so far. See the sketch above. We will be removing the big blue protrusion above our doors and windows, and also remove the decorative yellow brick. Replacing all that will be stucco and river rock! The rest of the building will be painted to match the stucco.

And, we'll have a new sign. The background is stained wood in the classic canoe/kayak/paddleboard shape (top view). Our traditional name & wave logo will hover above the wood in white. 

It's going to be a good looking store! As more details on the inside arise, we'll fill you in.


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Because of the terrible Cdn$ right now (and for the foreseeable future), prices of canoes, kayaks and paddleboards are rising across Canada. But thanks to the Undercurrents Renovation Sale, prices are dropping at our store! Right now is the best time to get the boat or board you want!

It is obvious why boats from US-based companies are increasing; the Canadian dollar just doesn't go as far in the US as it did last year. But even Canada-based manufacturers buy the bulk of their raw materials from the US-based companies. And when their raw material costs go up, they have to raise their prices. Either way, as Canadians, we have seen boat/board prices begin to rise already - and more increases are coming before spring.

In case you haven't heard, Undercurrents is doing a major renovation to our building, both inside and out, this fall and winter. During the messiest parts of the reno, we'll be temporarily operating out of our basement ("Under-Undercurrents") so you can continue to get your paddling and/or IceBreaker Merino fix!

But to get everything into the basement (and still have space to move around), we need to thin out the herd! We are dropping prices to the lowest you've seen in a very long time! Now is the best time to take home one of our friendly canoes, kayaks or paddleboards, Of course, prices only apply to in-stock product and while supplies last! Sale may end without notice.

Touring Paddleboards: 30% OFF!

Fishing Kayaks: 30% OFF!

Whitewater & Hybrid Kayaks (prior seasons): 40% OFF!

Canoes: 20% OFF!

All IceBreaker Merino clothing: 30% OFF!

Advanced Elements kayaks and accessories: 15% OFF!

Red Paddle inflatable paddleboards: 10% OFF!

MCIT inflatable paddleboards: 30% OFF!

Werner SUP Paddles: 30% to 50% OFF!

Drysuits, drytops & paddle jackets: 10% to 50% OFF!

Kayak sprayskirts: 20-80% OFF!

Kid’s Mask & Snorkel sets: $10 OFF! ONLY $9.50 - $19.50!

RAM fishing accessories: 50% OFF!

... And many more similarly great values! See in-store for details.

Renovation SALE

August 27, 2015


Undercurrents is undergoing a huge renovation this autumn so that we can better serve the paddling public in Alberta.

Our “complete make-over” will include a new floor, more showroom space, brighter & more energy efficient lighting, new racks & displays, an updated exterior façade, as well as a general reorganization. While we renovate upstairs, we’ll be temporarily set-up in the basement (“Under-Undercurrents”), so we can continue to serve your paddling and IceBreaker needs!

We are going to be tight for space down there, so we are liquidating boats, boards and gear with a giant RENOVATION SALE! “We’d rather sell it than store it!”

It's a cliché, but it's true. And to show you how serious we are, here are just a few of the great deals that start today!

Undercurrents will be exhibiting at the Outdoor Adventure Show on March 22 & 23 at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park. The show is filled with outdoor stores, outfitters, guides and more. It is a great place to get ideas and help with your next adventure

We have a great booth right next to the pool! And as always it will be staffed with our knowledgeable and friendly staff. Come visit us!

Here is a coupon that saves you $2 off the price of admission.



The Alberta Indoor SUP SPrint Championships ran from February 1st to March 1st. Congratulations to all those that competed! The results are below.

It is true when they say, "If you take care of your kayak, then your kayak will take care of you." The off-season is the ideal time to spent quality time with your boat, before you put it away for the season. We are often too busy during the paddling season to address the little things on your boat that need attention, but now is the time to get to it. Then when spring comes, you and your kayak can just hit the water!

Here is a checklist of items you want to address when winterizing your kayak.


My beloved and I had the opportunity to attend the grand opening gala of the canoe exhibit at Fort Calgary last night. The opening party was wonderful, with great food and an interesting/humourous presentation by Canadian Canoe Museum Executive Director, James Raffin. The exhibit was great!

The exhibit is actually the travelling exhibit from The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough. The CCM is fantastic and well worth the visit if you are out that way! For those of us staying closer to home this summer, the travelling exhibit is a great representation of the canoe and the museum. And, it's in Calgary!

This is a rare opportunity to see some of the CCM's collection and learn an astonishing amount of interesting information about canoes.

The exhibit is only at Fort Calgary until November 6th, so head on down to the Fort and have a look! Admission is only $11 and it includes all of the Fort exhibits, plus the temporary canoe exhibit!

At Undercurrents, we are proud to sponsor this exhibit!


I have exciting news about the latest and greatest paddling sport - Greenland style SUP'ing. I just invented it! Yesterday!


If you are unfamiliar with SUP, it stands for Stand Up Paddleboarding, and it is exactly as it sounds. You stand up on a board (looks like a big, wide surfboard) and paddle with what is essentially a long canoe paddle. SUP is a legitimate sport that is experiencing explosive growth right now. Google it and you will see lots of photos of Hollywood-types doing it, news about races and articles about how anyone can do it. (Undercurrents might even come up in your Google search as we are among the leaders in Canada in teaching SUP.)

Back to the story of my great invention ... yesterday my beloved and I went out to the Ghost reservoir to play around with a racing SUP and a Delta 16. Long story short, I forgot my SUP paddle but had brought my new Greenland-style sea kayak paddle.

A Greenland-style kayak paddle (or GL paddle) is the result of hundreds of years of design evolution by the hunter/kayakers in Greenland. While it looks like a fancy 2x4, it is far more than that, believe me! GL paddles are growing in popularity because they are easier on the body than the usual "Euro-style" paddles that you normally see. Its design allows for a variety of paddling styles, each developed for different weather and/or sea conditions. GL paddles are also optimized for the easiest style of rolling out there - it is what we teach in our rolling clinics.

Anyways, as I was saying, I forgot my SUP paddle. So not wanting to wreck our paddle day, I paddled with the GL while standing on my race SUP. It worked okay. The design shape of the GL paddle was quite comfortable in my hand, although I'm sure those hunters did not foresee that. In SUP we sometimes kneel in rough waters, and the GL was great - I used it kayak style.

GL SUP has everything going for it! SUP is exploding in participation. GL paddling is also experiencing great growth right now. Now that I've combined the two, watch out! I just need to get Jennifer Anniston out trying "Greenland-style SUP" with the paparazzi near by and the world is my oyster. You read it here first!

Still, next time I'll try to remember my SUP paddle.



If you have seen the latest edition of SUP Standup Paddler magazine ("available at Undercurrents now" - shameless plug!) you would have seen a fabulous photo of three paddlers surfing a tidal bore on their SUP boards.

Tidal bores occur when the ocean's incoming tide moves up river against the river current. The wave or waves can travel upstream for miles. These are real "tidal waves," not to be confused with a tsunami. They don't happen in many places, but they look like they are worth the trip.

SUP Standup Paddler magazine has a 'behind the photo' description and video of this tidal bore and the surfers. Fascinating! Visit that page here.

Park your car upriver. Paddle down towards the sea. Then surf the bore back to your car. It doesn't get any better than that!

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