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27 February 2018

Get Ready for Boating Season

Yes, friends, the boating season in Canada starts in the spring for many of us - anywhere from now along the Atlantic or Pacific shores to May in cottage country (or whenever the ice melts). Here are a few things you can do before you start getting your 'pride and joy' ready to hit the water.

  1. Does everyone in the family have their PCOC (Pleasure Craft Operators Card)? Make sure they have it with them whenever you go boating - you never know when they may need to take the wheel.

  2. Check the list of required equipment for your size and type of boat. The regulations may have changed since you last checked, and there are more and more water-side checks by police boats.

  3. On a related topic, check the latest regulations in your province about carrying, drinking alcohol on a boat. You don't want to take the chance of losing your driving licence - yes that's for your car.

  4. If you ever go boating near the border, check the latest regulations for entering the U.S.. You never know when weather or breakdowns will require you to enter a U.S. port.

  5. Even though your VHF radio doesn't require a licence, everyone in the crew needs a Marine Radio operator's certificate to talk on the radio? You have a VHF radio right? It's superior to a cell phone for boating emergencies.

  6. There's still time to take a first aid course or CPR training. There are no doctors out on the water...

  7. While you're at it, print a couple of "float plan" sheets to fill in and leave with friends when you take a trip or cruise this summer.

  8. Last is the pre-launch checklist. Happy boating and have a great summer!

3 April 2017

Mike Ranta's 3rd Cross-Canada Canoe Voyage

April 1, 2017: Mike Ranta and his trusty dog Spitzii are paddling and portaging across Canada for the third time. (A fourth voyage in 2011 was from the Rockies to Montreal.) In 2016, he completed a historic 200-day, 4,750-mile solo canoe journey across Canada - a world record.  This year, they are accompanied by photo-journalist David Jackson. Starting on the B.C. coast, it should take 200 days to reach the Atlantic Ocean. The route includes the Trent Canal and Rideau Waterway (UNESCO World Heritage Site) to Ottawa, Canada's capital, for Canada’s 150th birthday. This year he's raising funds for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  You can follow his progress online - or to join him on the water!

October 10, 2017: Mike, Spitzii and David ended their journey early in Killarney, Ontario just before entering Georgian Bay, hampered by constant poor weather. Mike's canoe journey in 2016 from Pacific to Atlantic in 200 days is an amazing record not likely to be broken.

Route: Bella Bella BC; Williams Lake; Kinbasket Lake (Golden); Columbia River; portage Golden to Lake Louise/Bankff AB; Bow River to Canmore; Calgary; Bassano AB; Old Man River; Medicine Hat AB; North Saskatchewan River; Saskatoon; South Saskatchewan River; Nipawin Rivers and Tobin Lake; Cumberland House; Lake Diefenbaker SK; The Pas MB; Cedar Lake; Grand Rapids MB; Lake Winnipeg;  Winnipeg River; Fort Alexander, MB; Kenora ON; Lake of the Woods; Fort Frances First Nation; Prairie Portage, ON; Pigeon River; Atikokan ON; Lake Superior; Marathon, ON; Montréal River; Blind River; Georgian Bay; Port Severn; Trent-Severyn Waterway; Lake Ontario; Belleville;  Kingston; Rideau Waterway; Ottawa ON; Ottawa River; St. Lawrence Seaway; Montreal PQ; Riviere-du-Loup; portage to Lake Temiscouata PQ; Madawaska River NB; St. John, NB:  Cambridge-Narrows; Canaan River; portage to Shediac NB; Tatamagouch NB; Bras d’Or Lake; Dominion Beach NS.

30 September 2016

Jayson Ambrose starts Kayaking The Great Loop

Jayson Ambrose
Oct 1, 2016: Jayson Ambrose begins his kayak journey around The Great Loop in a counter clockwise direction today. If he completes the 13-15 month journey, he will be the first Canadian to do so.  He starts in Mobile (Spanish Fort), Alabama, along the Gulf of Mexico, around Florida, up the Atlantic coast to New York City, up the Hudson River and through the New York canal to the Great Lakes and Canada, across Lake Ontario, through the Trent-Severn Waterway, Georgian Bay, and Lake Michigan to Chicago, following the river system to the Mississippi River and the Tom-Bigbee waterway back to Mobile, Alabama to complete the loop.

9 August 2016

Canadian Chris Fornier sailing non-stop, alone, around the globe

Chris Fornier 2016
Ottawa sailor Chris Fornier plans to be the first Canadian-born sailor to sail non-stop, alone, around the world - the ultimate survival test. He estimates it will take 300 days to sail from Halifax on  the traditional Clipper Route around Cape Hope (Africa), Cape Leeuwin (Australia) and Cape Horn (South America) in a 30-foot sailboat called Little Sark. 3 previous attempts by Canadians resulted in 2 damaged boats and the disappearance of Gerry Roufs in 1997.

Oct.3, 2016 update: Chris has postponed his voyage in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec.

14 April 2016

Mike Ranta's 2nd Paddle across Canada a Record

Mike Ranta with his trusty dog Spitzii is paddling his way across Canada - again!  He is already the first person to cross North American solo, by canoe, in one season in 2014. He wants to be the first person to do it twice, and also to set a speed record - to paddle and portage longer, faster and further than any person in history.

On April 1, 2016, he and his dog Spitzii left the Pacific Ocean in Steveston, BC and heading up the Frazer River heading for The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #78 on the Atlantic coast in Dominion Beach, Cape Breton before winter. Mike has invited Veterans to come and sign the canoe to show his appreciation.

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Oct/2014 Boating in Canada blog:  Mike Ranta's Paddle across Canada