Suggestions for great canoeing experiences
When you set up camp
Use the designated rest stops. There is usually a fireplace, outhouse and dustbin. At some rest places there are also lean-tos to stay overnight in or cleared areas for tenting. The right of public access allows you to camp in other places, but not more than one night without the landowner's permission. (Groups must always have permission, except at the designated resting places.) Choose camp area well out of view and earshot of farms and houses. Do not camp on pastures or other agricultural land. Did you scare the loons, ospreys or any other bird as you approached land? If so, you are too close to their nest. Please choose another resting place.
When you cook
Use camping stoves if you do not use the designated fireplaces. Sometimes in the summer there is an open burning prohibition in forests and on land, which includes designated fireplaces.
When you leave the camp
Leave the resting place in a condition that others would deem acceptable. Make sure the fire is properly extinguished. Put garbage and junk in the dustbin or better, take them with you.
When you paddle
Be respectfull of wildlife. Keep proper distances to islands and beaches where there are birds. If you scare the birds you are too close. The birds are particularly sensitive during the breeding season in May - June. Give flock of ducks time to get away, especially when you run into them in narrow passages. A duckling who gets away from his flock has little chances to survive.
In hard weather
Paddle close to land and in the company of other canoes. Please stop the ride instead of taking chances alternatively wait out the weather in a safe place.
Hae a nice trip!