David and Lori Janeson on Kayaking in Canada

| October 19, 2017 | 8 Comments

 

David and Lori Janeson on Kayaking in Canada

Man kayaking

 

David and Lori Janeson on Kayaking in Canada

 

Much of Canada’s interior harbours an ancient, virtually uninhabited boreal forest riven by an intricate network of marshes, streams, rivers and lakes. It’s the perfect place to explore by kayak. Avid kayaker Lori Janeson, who lives on the shores of Manitoba’s enormous Lake Winnipeg with her husband David, loves introducing native Canadians and outsiders alike to her beloved sport of kayaking. But she’s adamant that novice kayakers take basic precautions to stay safe out on the water. She recommends four in particular.

 

4 Things to Remember About Kayaking in Canada

  • It’s cold. Surprise, surprise. Read up on appropriate cold weather kayaking clothing and gear before venturing out.
  • It’s remote. You don’t have to go far to find truly unspoiled wilderness in Canada. The lack of a human presence is problematic when you’re in trouble, however. If you plan to be out of cell phone range, bring a satellite phone, emergency radio, flares, or all three.
  • It’s rustic. Three words: Bring a tent. Truly life-changing Canadian kayaking experiences demand rough edges — and a willingness to sleep under the stars.
  • It’s not a year-round pursuit. In most of Canada, surface water freezes at some point during autumn and remains solid until spring. The kayaking season runs accordingly: June through October or November in the south, June or July through September further north. Sea kayaking is a different matter — if you can bear the cold, you can do that year-round in southern Canada.

 

David and Lori Janeson on Kayaking in Canada

A kayak on water

 

6 Great Places to Kayak in Canada

Lori and David have kayaked more places than they can count. They’re especially fond of these six spots.

  • Hecla Island, Manitoba: The Janesons’ home base happens to be a world-class kayaking destination. Nearby Black Island is a rarely visited treasure that hosts countless water birds: cormorants, herons, ospreys, and more.
  • Lac Manicouagan, Quebec: The so-called “Eye of Quebec” is actually an ancient impact crater. The ring-shaped lake takes several days to paddle around, but the mountainous central island provides endlessly entertaining views.
  • Devil’s Nostrils, Newfoundland: This distinctive sea cave complex is a remote but worthy destination for adventurous kayakers. If you’re up for a longer paddle out onto the open waters of the Atlantic, you can almost certainly get up close and personal with icebergs drifting down from Greenland.
  • Quetico Provincial Park, Ontario: Quetico is a maze-like warren of small and medium-sized lakes and rivers, many of which go days or weeks without hosting a boat. The park nestles up against the equally pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, in the U.S. state of Minnesota.
  • Manitoulin Island, Ontario: This gigantic island marks off Georgian Bay from the rest of Lake Huron. An extension of the waterlogged mainland, it’s has an unusual distinction: It’s the world’s only freshwater island that has a lake with an island with a lake with an island on it. Got that? Now find it!
  • Lake Bras d’Or, Nova Scotia: This brackish lake is calmer than the ocean feeding it, and the views of the Cape Breton Highlands are nothing short of spectacular.

Where’s your next kayaking trip? Tell us in the comments section.

 

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Lyne is happily married and has two teenagers: a 19 year old son and a 22 year old daughter. She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. loriag says:

    I have been Sea kayaking in Prince Rupert, BC, it was a amazing experience.

  2. Nate says:

    So many beautiful places to kayak in Canada

  3. LisaM says:

    That looks so fantastic!

  4. Jonnie says:

    Kayaking is so peaceful. I hope to take a kayaking trip with my husband some day after the kids are grown.

  5. Sab Edwards says:

    My daughter used to kayak here in SK but she left it behind when she moved to ON and I hope she can pick up the stuff and do it again, as she really enjoyed it

  6. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I may be old but I’d love to have a go at this – not alone though. 🙂

  7. So very beautiful. If only I wasn’t petrified of boats.

  8. Erin N says:

    Wow – such beautiful places to kayak! I have only been kayaking a couple times and it wear me out – lol! Thank you for sharing.

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