Welcome to paddlecanada.ca
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As longtime canoeists,
we will offer you the help you may need
to make your canoe trips successful
- whether they be one day long,
or 10 days long.

By clicking on the links on this page you can obtain basic information about the equipment you might need on your canoe trip, including safety requirements and what to put in your first aid kit to help you on your way; a sample food and equipment list for a seven-day camping canoe trip, or if you are canoeing in cold weather or cold weather, information on hypothermia.

Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page may have the answer you are looking for about some aspects of canoeing.

And don't forget to visit our links that will take you to other sites of interest to the canoeist.

If you have any questions, be sure to them to us and we will do our best to answer them.

Take a few minutes to visit our photo gallery and then create your own adventures to have great canoeing memories

Be safe and happy canoeing! Canoeing

Don't Paddle Drunk

Canoeing under the influence can now cost you your driver's licence. The Ontario Government recently enacted a law stating that any boater charged with impaired boating will also risk losing his or her driver's licence. The original law exempted non power vessels, but the clause from the earlier draft noting the law would only refer to powerboats, was pulled by government lawyers. Lawmakers deferred to a vague federal law for the definition of a boat. This definition from the Canada Shipping Act does not differentiate between, canoes, paddleboats, kayaks or powerboats. It can refer to anything used for navigation. Statistics show that about 35 per cent of all boating fatalities occur in non-powered vessels, primarily canoes and kayaks.

Ontario now has the strictest law of its kind in North America. Boat drivers whose blood alcohol level exceeds the legal limits will have their driver's licence suspended for 90 days, and if convicted, lose it for an entire year. Those who test below the legal limit, but fall in the so called "warn" range, will have their licence pulled for 12 hours.