Canada is an amazing country with captivating scenery. Not only does it have rugged mountains and picturesque valleys, it also has some of the most stunning boating locations in the world. Instead of booking into a hotel or holiday camp, maybe push the boat out (literally) and explore Canada at a leisurely pace.
Niagara on the Lake
Just a small distance from the famous Niagara Falls, is Niagara on the Lake. The local sailing club has an excellent marina where you can dock, giving you the opportunity to explore the local town. If you don’t fancy spending the evening on your boat, you can choose from one of the many restaurants and hotels. You can also sample the wineries or delve into the local history. Niagara on the Lake has something to offer everyone.
The name Erie is derived from the name erielhonan, which is the native Iroquoian word for ‘long tail.’ It is easy to find why it is popular with boaters as it over 380 kilometres in length and just over 90 kilometres wide. It has various places of interest to visit, such as Point Peele. If you are a lover of Bass fishing then Rondeau Provincial Park, which is also famous for its sand spits,is well worth a visit.
Lake Erie is the warmest of the Great Lakes, making it an ideal destination. On the other hand due to the shallow waters, it also freezes over during winter.
Princess Louisa Inlet, British Columbia
For a true boaters paradise, a location not to miss is Princess Louisa Inlet on the British Columbian coast. Smaller than the other destinations mentioned, it makes up for its size with its unique ecological landscape. You can explore the multitude of wildlife and waterfalls that make up its natural beauty.An ideal romantic getaway. The rolling mountain ranges mean the nearest roads are over fifty kilometres away.
Gulf of St. Lawrence
The Gulf of St. Lawrence is the world’s largest estuary, with an area of over 236,000 square kilometres. Home of the Forillon National Park, there you will find nesting colonies of sea birds as well as whales, seals, black bears and even moose. It might be worth observing the Be Whale Wise Guidelines just to be safe.
If you are a lover of fly fishing then there is no better place to visit than the Miramichi River. Situated in New Brunswick, here you will find one of the largest populations of Atlantic salmon in the world.If fishing doesn’t float your boat, then you can explore the many caves in the area. You can also experience Canada’s longest running folk festival, or just enjoy the scenery as you cruise along.
Just outside Vancouver you will find Harrison Lake. Surrounded by mountains, you will discover an ideal place to relax. You can do a spot of fishing, and visit the Harrison Hot Springs. If you are feeling brave, you can look out for the legendary Sasquatch or Big Foot as it is also known. You never know, that rustle in the trees might just have you reaching for your camera!
Wherever you decide to go boating in Canada, you will need a Pleasure Craft Operators Card. After that, you will have the knowledge to have a safe and pleasant journey.