When I was a teenager in high school, during Winter Carnival there was an auction going on and one of the items being auctioned off was a canoe trip. Well…my friend and I really wanted to go on this trip so we put a bid on it and guess what, we won! So off to Kejimkujik National Park in Nova Scotia, Canada we went. From then on I was hooked; I had been in boats before but never a canoe. We had a great time! I learned to paddle a bit, but mostly I just enjoyed the ride – and if you ask my husband, that is what I still do, if I can get away with it.
Did you know there are two types of canoes? The traditional Canadian, which is usually around 17 feet long, is manufactured from many different materials, has an open deck, and is meant for two people. Each canoeist uses a paddle with a single blade. The second type is the kayak, a closed decked vessel usually meant for one person using a single paddle with a blade at either end.
Canoes and kayaks have different purposes. Canoes can carry more people and supplies, making them ideal for families. They are also known for greater stability. Kayaks are sleeker in design which tends to make them faster and more agile than canoes. Both are lightweight and can be used on lakes, rivers and in shallow waters. They can both be used for fishing and various other recreational activities. Some canoes or kayaks are meant for going out on the ocean and some for white water canoeing or kayaking in rivers. I think I’ll leave that up to the experts.
I have only used a kayak within the past couple of years and enjoy it as much as a canoe. I find it more personal and easier to handle. Whether canoeing or kayaking I receive great joy from being on the water. Being away from all the stresses of work and everyday life is what it’s all about, and canoeing or kayaking is one of the best ways to achieve that.
So….let’s get our paddles in the water! I hope you enjoy the trip.