Canoeing and Kayaking

If I Could Own Just One Watercraft…

If I could own just one watercraft for the next 20 years, what would it be? Now that I’m in my mid 40s, I have several decades of boating experience to look back on, and there’s a clear winner in my mind.  While I would be okay with owning just one boat, it’s only because renting a purpose-specific boat for a day, weekend or week is affordable and widely available.   Since my first homemade raft at 6 years old, I’ve possessed several canoes, 3 kayaks, 2 car-topper fishing boats, 2 aluminum bass boats, a 10’ inflatable and a 35’ [...]

By |2017-01-10T20:55:58-05:00January 10th, 2017|Canoeing and Kayaking, Gear, Gear & Advice|3 Comments

Solo Algonquin Park Canoe Trip to Burnt Island Lake

I embarked on a single night, two day, 60 kilometre canoe trip to Burnt Island Lake via Canoe Lake. I visited 17 lakes, ponds and creeks, saw dozens of loons, a mother beaver and her kit at close quarters, and witnessed a spectacular sunset and sunrise. Setting out from Canoe Lake early in the afternoon of August 14, I was a little dismayed at the number of people milling about and preparing for trips of their own. I worried that I would not find solitude on this trip - in fact, I somewhat expected not to considering the facts that it [...]

Algonquin Park Canoe Routes – Smoke – Bonnechere – Cache – Smoke Lake Loop

I recommend this route to the more adventurous, or for those seeking the road less travelled in an otherwise busy area of the park. The chain of small lakes between Cache Lake and Bonnechere Lake are not well known and it is common not see another person while portaging and paddling through them. They can be accessed easily from Cache Lake, but I prefer to add them to a loop that starts at Smoke Lake and passes through Bonnechere.   Pick up your permit at Canoe Lake and head directly across the highway to Access #6, Smoke Lake [...]

Why Do I Canoe Trip Solo?

It’s 6:00 am and I lie awake, staring up through the roof of my fly-less tent at a billion twinkling stars, watching them slowly fade as the eastern sky erupts in the subtle colors of a September sunrise. The haunting cry of a loon breaks the morning stillness, echoing off the rock cliffs that line the shoreline. The call is answered; not by another loon, but by a huge bull moose that grunts repeatedly as he pushes his way through the shoreline alders in search of a mate. I get up and wander down to the water’s edge, perching on [...]

Yakima SUP, Canoe and Kayak Trailer

I get lots of stares and questions about my canoe and kayak trailer everywhere I take it (even in my driveway actually). I bought it, a Yakima RackandRoll trailer, at Sojourn in Barrie, Ontario in 2015, so I've been using it over a year now and I'm very happy with it. It's not cheap - +_ $3,000 including 4 sets of cradles and posts for my 4 boats. What I like about it is the light weight and the fact that I can collapse the tongue and fit it in the short side of my garage without taking the boats [...]

By |2016-11-16T22:13:50-05:00July 9th, 2016|Canoeing and Kayaking, Gear & Advice|0 Comments

2 Long Weekend Canoe Routes on The French River

The French River To call your self a kayak or canoe tripper in Ontario, Canada, The French River is an essential rite of passage. The French, the country’s first designated Canadian Heritage River, played an critical role in the formation of Canada a few centuries ago and today it remains just as important as it shapes the lives of a new generation of outdoorsmen and women. The French River Provincial Park officially includes 130 kilometers of official canoe routes, and there are hundreds of kilometers of additional connected water to explore. It’s very scenic, with iconic towering white pines and [...]

By |2016-11-16T22:13:50-05:00July 7th, 2016|Camping, Canoeing and Kayaking|1 Comment

The Mighty French River, Ontario Canada

After a thirty year absence, I finally returned to the 18 Mile Island section of the French River in Ontario for a solo, three-day circumnavigation.  By planning my trip for mid-week (Tuesday to Thursday) in mid June, I almost had the entire river to myself, and it was glorious.  Departing the docks at Loon's Landing on Dry Pine Bay near Highway 69 on Thursday morning, the anticipation was high. I wanted to revisit rapids and campsites that I had first seen with three buddies on a June trip back in 1987, and I wanted to re-experience the great fishing that [...]

By |2016-06-28T13:46:20-04:00June 27th, 2016|Camping, Canoeing and Kayaking|0 Comments

OSA Lake, Killarney Provincial Park

On June 9, 2016, I did a short, one-night solo canoe trip to OSA Lake in Killarney Provincial Park, despite the possibility that black flies and mosquitoes may be at their peak.  OSA Lake is very popular due to it's beauty and easy access, so it's almost impossible to reserve one it's 5 campsites during peak camping season starting at the end of the month.  This time, however, I had the entire lake to myself and did not see another person on OSA or Killarney Lakes during the two days I was out there. The entry point for the trip to [...]

By |2016-11-16T22:13:50-05:00June 15th, 2016|Camping, Canoeing and Kayaking|0 Comments
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