The Keen Kayaker

Ottawa Magazine - - THIS CITY -

“… [T]he whole art of can­nal­ing” as an Ir­ish emi­grant sang in the 1800s bal­lad “Paddy on the Canal,” is truly by wa­ter­craft. The more ex­pe­ri­enced pad­dler is ad­vised to choose a kayak over a ca­noe, given the for­mer’s abil­ity to bet­ter han­dle rough con­di­tions, espe­cially on Big Rideau Lake, Up­per Rideau Lake, Colonel By Lake, and the River Styx (the name of another place where you might end up if you don’t heed said ad­vice!). Though much of the canal is along nar­row chan­nels, some­times shel­tered by sur­round­ing fo­liage, there are some more open spots where winds can pick up, cre­at­ing se­ri­ous chop. Another rec­om­men­da­tion is to pad­dle from Kingston to Ot­tawa, given that the pre­vail­ing winds typ­i­cally blow from the west/south­west.

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