Canoeing expeditions: Secret Gem in Laval
Within its mind-bending landscape, wildlife sanctuary, flowery marshes, swamp forests, and the lush vegetation of its island lies a secret paradise in Laval, Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles. It is an incomparable natural area situated in the heart of the city. Explore this labyrinth of greenery and water aboard a canoe, a kayak, SUP (stand up paddle) or while fishing! This also presents an opportunity to have a picnic at one of the park’s several islands. The site is also very popular in winter for cross-country skiing, skating and ice fishing.
The way of a canoe
Today, with our emphasis on Canoeing and the way of a canoe is the way of the wilderness and of a freedom almost forgotten. It is an antidote to insecurity, the open door to waterways of ages past, and a way of life with profound and abiding satisfaction. When a man is part of his canoe, he is part of all that canoes have ever known. Now that we have a beautiful location for canoeing expedition, it times for tips and steps. To start, shorter trips are better than longer trips. Flat-water trips are better than whitewater trips. Smaller bodies of water are better than larger bodies of water. Start slowly, or you may never start again.
Choosing an outfitter or guide
With a well built and maintained lake like Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles always makes it safe for even beginners for their short first trips into nature. There are always plenty of places that give guided tours, courses and rented kits for such expeditions.
Choosing an outfitter or guide is easy, actually. This is where the internet is good. Customer testimonials are great, both on the outfitter website and in other places, and if you see ten great testimonials and one whiner, shun the whiner. Of course, there is the Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles dedicated centre to help you out, and its recommend you enquire the safety records. Ask about the training of their guides. Ask how long they’ve been around. Ask about the kinds of groups they serve. Ask about their equipment. In short, you can’t ask too many questions, so with the Assembleur Laval ready, take the plunge.
Make it customary for your trips to leave a Float Plan with your family and friends. If you are scheduled for three days and we’re coming up on day five, you want someone to know you’re behind. Not to worry them, but to allow locals to start searching. They generally don’t start for a few days after the return date, especially if the weather has been challenging. With that note, it’s time to go take the challenge up!