Dunk River

Bedeque, Prince Edward Island

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The Dunk River is a significant watershed in the south-central part of the Island. The river was named by Samuel Holland in 1765 for his friend George Montagu Dunk, Earl of Halifax. Holland did not leave much of a description of his exploration of the area, but we can assume that he was impressed with it sufficiently to name it in honor of someone he respected. Due southeast of the city of Summerside, the Dunk River first is an expansive tidal bay—an extension of Bedeque Bay that extends eastward from Summerside Harbour. The paddler can play in the bay or explore the river as it snakes inland up to the dam at Scales Pond. The current of the river is not very strong, so, no matter where you put in, you can go upriver or downriver. Depending on the month and the amount of water that is released at Scales Pond, when paddling downriver you could encounter shallow riffles or even some playful white water. The river meanders southwest from its origin above Scales Pond, so there are several possible launching areas. Let the depth of the water determine which entry point you select.

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"The Dunk River is a significant watershed in the south-central part of the Island. The river was named by Samuel Holland in 1765 for his friend George Montagu Dunk, Earl of Halifax. Holland did not leave much of a description of his exploration of the area, but we can assume that he was impressed with it sufficiently to name it in honor of someone he respected. Due southeast of the city of Summerside, the Dunk River first is an expansive tidal bay—an extension of Bedeque Bay that extends eastward from Summerside Harbour.

The paddler can play in the bay or explore the river as it snakes inland up to the dam at Scales Pond. The current of the river is not very strong, so, no matter where you put in, you can go upriver or downriver. Depending on the month and the amount of water that is released at Scales Pond, when paddling downriver you could encounter shallow riffles or even some playful white water. The river meanders southwest from its origin above Scales Pond, so there are several possible launching areas. Let the depth of the water determine which entry point you select."

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Bedeque
Skill Level: Easy
Class: Class I
Driving Directions: Directions to Dunk River

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May 2018