Time to Float Downstream … With a Paddle, Of Course!

Hit up B’s Canoeing Guide Service in Bradford for your next trip down the river. Photo/Anjanette Nicolazzo

Planning Your Trip on the Water is EASY with B’s Canoeing Guide Service of Bradford, Pa.

For many outdoor enthusiasts, there is no greater feeling than taking your canoe or kayak out for a day of paddling. When you’re on the water, the stresses of everyday life seem to disappear, and relaxation can be easily embraced. Why not let someone local show you the ropes?

Located in Bradford, Pa., B’s Canoeing Guide Service is the latest addition to the abundant array of things to do in scenic McKean County. Owner and operator Brian Pfister is a Bradford native with a lifetime of experience in the sport of canoeing.

For $50, Pfister will be your guide down the Tunungwant (Tuna) Creek in Bradford. He provides your canoe, life jackets and lunch, while you can float down the river and enjoy the pristine beauty that the area has to offer.

“Many people don’t realize that when the water levels in other rivers and creeks are down, the Tuna Creek is always floatable. It is by far one of the most impressive little hidden wonders of Bradford,” Pfister said.

The trip begins at 10:30am with a launch from the Tuna Crossroads in Fosterbrook. After anywhere between six to eight hours of floating, it ends at Irvings Mills in Limestone, NY. Lunch consists of hot dogs, potato chips and a white cake made with homemade Pennsylvania maple syrup produced locally. Alcohol is prohibited.

Adults and children eight years old and above are welcome. Life jackets are mandatory and are provided for adults. Parents are required to provide their own life jackets if bringing children.

Highlights of the scenic canoe trip include spectacular views of the forest, including flowers, plants and wildlife. “You have the opportunity to see anything from deer to bear to bald eagles,” said Pfister. “Right now, there is currently a bald eagle nest along the route. Chicks were in the nest last week, and our trip goers absolutely loved it.”

For $200, you can also opt to float from the Tuna Crossroads in Fosterbrook, all the way to Friendly’s Boat Launch at the Kinzua Dam. The trip is two days and approximately 28 miles. Tents, two lunches, a steak dinner and breakfast are provided.

Pfister decided to start the business because he has always been passionate about canoeing and had accumulated an abundance of equipment over the years. “I’ve been doing this trip since I was a kid,” he said. “A lot of people don’t even know there’s a place to float around here. It’s a nice and relaxing way to enjoy the outdoors.”

The canoeing season at B’s runs from spring through fall. For more information, don’t hesitate to give Brian Pfister a call at 814-598-7348. E-mail the guide company at bscanoeingguide@yahoo.com. Let one of the newest attractions of the Allegheny National Forest take you up the creek … with a paddle, of course.

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