In a boat, stay afloat!
La Mauricie National Park
Learn how to recognize the signs of difficult navigation:
- You feel wind on your face.
- Leaves and branches on trees are constantly moving.
- There is enough wind for flags to wave.
Once in the water
What if the wind picks up?
- Be patient, the wind may die down, especially at the end of the day.
- Stay along the shore; winds are often not as strong there.
- Don’t think you’re a superhero, turn back when necessary.
Oh, no, you’re caught in the wind
Some tips to help you:
- Row at the same pace as your partner.
- When rowing upwind, pick up the pace and row faster, using shorter strokes.
- When rowing backwind, make sure you control the back of the boat.
- Do not row into the waves directly but at a 15 to 20° angle.
Canoe camping versus kayak camping
Canoes and kayaks may look similar, but there are some major differences.
Canoes are generally more stable than kayaks, especially in calm waters, and are best maneuvered by two people. They offer space to carry your camping gear, ideally in waterproof bags or containers.
The kayak is not as stable as the canoe and offers much less space to store your equipment, which may be exposed to dampness and humidity However, it can handle strong currents, rough water and bad weather better. The kayak is also lighter, faster and easier to maneuver.
We recommend that you choose the type of watercraft for your backcountry camping trip based on the amount of space you need to carry your gear and your level of skill. You should never embark on a canoe or kayak camping trip if you are not already comfortable with either of these crafts.
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