North Saskatchewan River, Alberta - Jan Terhart
Jan Terhart shares his watermark on the North Saskatchewan River. Jan has lived in Edmonton, Alberta for about 30 years and believes that the river is one of the city's greatest assests, but that it is also one of the least utilized. He says there are 15 kinds of fish in the water and lots of easy access to use the resource. The river is perfect for paddle boarding, canoeing and kayaking.
Jan recalls one of his earlier memories on the river when he hooked onto an 80 lb sturgeon. It took him up and down the river until finally he had to break it off because he didn't have the right gear to get it in. "I was so surprised to find one of those pre-historic monsters at my feet. I've never really forgotten that."
That was fifteen years ago and there remain lots of sturgeon in the river today. "They're protected, they're tagged, but most people would be surprised to know that those fish are swimming up and down underneath the bridges when they drive to work every day."
"It's kind of interesting to know that a river costs absolutely nothing to build. You couldn't afford to make one if you had to. We have one of the greatest one's in North America going right through our city, so appreciate it, use it, and enjoy."