There's no better escape than a dose of fresh air and we think paddling is a perfect way to get that dosage of the great outdoors in your life. Why paddling you ask? Here's four reasons why its the perfect pastime right now:
A kayak or canoe is a great natural people distancer. You can keep the minimum two metre distance easily from others thanks to the size of the watercraft.
There's no crowding. As the craft keeps you at a distance from others, the paddling will keep other from being able to be close. And, since there's a lot of distance needed between everyone to paddle safely, you can't get crowded.
Abundance of scenery. When you start paddling, you get to explore numerous sections of a waterway and with each paddle, you get to take in a different part of nature's diversity and beauty.
Great exercise. Paddling can certainly help drop those extra pounds some of us packed on thanks to less movement and increased baked goods in quarantine.
Never been kayaking or canoeing before? Or are you an avid paddler wanting to try new routes?
Well you're in luck. Ontario's Southwest is home to many different canoeing and kayaking waterways that range from beginner and family routes to more adventurous routes for experienced paddlers. Here are some of our favourite spots to paddle that put the four reasons mentioned above to great use!
Ever imagine canoeing or kayaking down a scenic river covered with a canopy of trees with some patches of open blue sky? Turn that dream into a reality by paddling down Big Creek! Often known as ‘Canada’s Amazon’, Big Creek is great for novices, and even the more experienced, for its relatively calm currents with many twists and turns.
The Grand River is pretty grand – from stretches that feature white-water currents for experienced paddlers, to sections that are more tranquil and suitable for novices, the Grand River has many things to offer. From kayaking to canoeing, the Grand River is a paddler’s dream. While the Grand River can be explored by yourself, or if you’re in search for a guided tour, Grand Experiences offers various guided tours through the Grand River for the whole family to enjoy.
Windsor-Essex Pelee Island
Windsor has many great kayaking and canoeing opportunities, the first being the Detroit River, which goes through one of the largest urban areas in North America. With three different sections, the Detroit River is a great choice for the more advanced kayakers and canoers. The first section is the upper and most urban section from Lake St. Clair down to the Ambassador Bridge; the midsection of industrial Detroit; and the lower section is full of small islands and waterfowls and various other birds. Another great kayaking and paddling opportunity in Windsor is around Point Pelee and Pelee Island. While paddling around Pelee is more tranquil, it can get rough at certain parts of the season and through certain stretches, so be sure to do your research of the waterways while planning. If you’re looking to rent a canoe, Friends of Point Pelee offer affordable rental options!