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Red River Floodway — Winnipeg’s Hottest Tourist Destination

April 9, 2009 7:55 AM | Columns

Flood Watch 2009

On Wednesday I headed out to the Red River Floodway south of Winnipeg to watch officials raise the gates. At the time, not too much water was flowing, but when I returned Wednesday evening at around 8 p.m., there was certainly more action both in and out of the water.

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The river was flowing at a pretty steady pace north of the gates and the amount of people who came out to see was a spectacle in itself. I don’t exaggerate when I say there were about 60 onlookers snapping photos and taking video. It felt like a tourist gathering at the Bow Falls in Banff. There was literally a convoy of vehicles parked alongside the road.

It was also the perfect opportunity from an artistic standpoint with the sun beginning to set, but still bright enough out to get a perfect shot. I brought along my Flip Mino HD video camera this time around for higher definition. My MiniDV that I shot video with earlier in the afternoon is good, but my cheaper hardware about 1/4 the size does a much better job. Funny how that works.

View the photo gallery below.

ChrisD.ca photos/video