Only a couple of days now before the Byway Babes reach Winnipeg. They are expecting to meet up with some paddlers at Beaudry park on Sunday morning June 17 between 830am and 9am and then head on down to the Forks where they expect to arrive about 2pm. If anyone wishes to come down and greet or meet with them feel free to do so! I hope to get in the water with them before they reach the forks and paddle as well. They will be spending a couple of days in Winnipeg to do some organization before heading on back out on their quest to reach St. John NB.
They spent a couple of days in Brandon last weekend and Michael Lee of the Brandon Sun did an article on them while they were there. I have included a copy of it here.
Kendra Hurley, left, Rylea McEvoy and Claire Davis stopped at the Brandon Riverbank Discovery Centre on Saturday, two months into their cross-country canoe trip to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
In true Canadian fashion, three women from Winnipeg are paddling their way across the country to raise awareness for cystic fibrosis.
On Saturday, Kendra Hurley, Rylea McEvoy and Claire Davis — otherwise known as The Byway Babes — stopped in Brandon after spending the past two months on Canada’s waterways, travelling east from Vancouver in a three-person canoe to gather donations for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
McEvoy came up with the idea for a cross-country canoe trip as something she could do after high school with her grandmother.
She eventually pitched the idea to her friends Hurley and Davis two years ago, kicking off months of planning and training for the long road ahead.
"We originally thought it would take less time and then quickly, when we started doing research, we realized, oh, this is going to take a whole season," Hurley said.
Besides summer camps and the odd family outing at the lake, neither one had a great deal of experience canoeing, let along done a months-long tour across Canada.
To prepare, they spent months taking canoe lessons, bushcraft and wilderness first-aid classes, and working with a physical trainer.
They finally set out from Vancouver on April 7, spending a difficult first few weeks travelling upstream on the Fraser River, before hopping over to Okanagan Lake, paddling to Salmon Arm and then driving to Calgary with Davis’s family.
The three left Calgary on April 25 and have been on the water ever since.
"B.C. was more ceremonial," Hurley said jokingly about their first run.
Along the way, they’ve slept along riverbanks, in backyards and provincial campsites, stopping at times to knock on doors and ask for water, which people have been more than willing to hand out.