The song of the paddle echoes throughout Ontario; it’s a call for adventurers to explore our many waterways by canoe, kayak or stand-up paddle board. This scenic and diverse province holds endless opportunities for anyone who hears that call and seeks to propel themselves through the quiet, calm while exploring the endless wilderness.

Paddling is ideal for all ages and abilities, and is easy to try; find a local rental shop and take a lesson. You don’t ever have to buy a canoe or kayak; rentals are prevalent across the province – including many marinas. For more traditional boaters, you may want to strap a small kayak on a deck or stow away an inflatable paddle board so you can explore the intricacies of the next bay where you drop anchor.

Regardless of where you paddle, remember that safety always comes first. While you don’t require a Pleasure Craft Operators Card, if you’re going any distance, you should make sure you are with experienced paddlers, proficient at performing a self-rescue and that you have the minimum safety equipment required by Transport Canada.

Want to plan a paddling trip? We encourage you to start your planning with Ontario Travel - The Canoe Culture - an excellent resource for planning a paddling trip along Ontario waterways.

For additional information, visit Paddle Canada or National Paddling Week.

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