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Paddle Sports

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Kayaking

Kayaking is a popular sport in Kenora whether you are paddling around Lake of the Woods or the many smaller lakes in the area. If you don’t have your own kayak consider renting where the owners of the businesses can give you great advice for where to start your adventure.

Want to enjoy the lake in a more environmentally friendly way?  Kayaking might be just the thing for you! It doesn’t matter if you are an experienced kayaker or have never even held a paddle; lessons are available for people of all skill levels. You can rent and explore the lake on your own or even have a guide take you out to some of the most incredible locations!

Canoeing

Similar to kayaking canoeing allows you to glide along in the water exploring the shore line. Canoeing has been around for ages and there is a reason for it! This mode of transportation allows you to spend time with a group of people and simply enjoy the area’s amazing wildlife and scenery.

To plan your canoe adventure, Canadian Canoe Routes provides a collection of route information, tips for trip preparation, as well as other canoeing related topics.

Tourism Kenora has canoe routes mapped out for our area.  Brochures available at the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre.

The Stewart Lake Loop – a chain of lakes that are classed as a natural environment park – serves as an outstanding recreational experience that is an excellent example of what Northwestern Ontario has to offer. The Stewart Lake Loop borders the historical Experimental Lakes, and is home to breathtaking rock formations, beautiful beaches, and a diverse set of lakes, all having their own distinct and special features.

Ena Lake to Vermillion Lake – The put-in for this trip is on Ena Lake with plenty of parking and a dock to make your launch easy. You will paddle past a few cabins before coming to the short portage into Vermillion Lake. Vermillion Lake is a beautiful area. With no residences you will love the feeling of seclusion despite only being a few kilometers from your vehicle. Large granite cliffs, dense forest and numerous islands to camp on make this an excellent route to explore. Be sure to check out the beach, hiking trails and waterfalls at the northwest end of the lake where Vermillion spills into Big Sand Lake.

Stand up Paddle Boarding

The popularity of the modern sport of SUP’ing has its origin in the Hawaiian Islands. In the early 1960s, the beach boys of Waikiki would stand on their long boards, and paddle to the distant outside reef break using outrigger paddles.

In spite of its surfing origin the sport is gaining in popularity even in more protected coastal waters and lakes. The sport benefits athletes with a strong “core” workout. SUP’ing is popular at warm coastal climates and resorts, and is gaining in popularity as celebrities are sampling the sport, and cross-over athletes are training with SUP. SUPs have been spotted around the globe, anywhere there is easy access to safe waters, as well as in the surfing lineups of the world.

Another reason for the rise in popularity of stand up paddle boarding is that, unlike surfing, paddle boarding is very easy to learn. Within one hour you can become very comfortable in the water and on your board.

Stand up paddle boarding is also more popular with women because of their lower center of gravity, women are often more skilled at paddle boarding than men. Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama re-introduced the ancient sport of paddle surfing to the modern water sports world.

The first “modern” surfer to bring Stand Up Paddle Surfing out of Hawaii and to the mainland United States was Vietnam veteran Rick Thomas. Materials and design New custom SUP board prices range from $600 to $2500, and most use glass-reinforced plastic construction using polyester or epoxy resin that is compatible with the polyurethane or expanded polystyrene foam used in the core.

Some SUP boards use a hollow wood construction instead of foam with epoxy resin. In the last few years inflatable boards have been introduced as well. The boards are generally longer than 9 feet (3 m), and can be longer than 12 feet (4 m), with features such as padded decks and concave hulls; they generally have one or three surfboard-style fins in the stern for tracking.

As of October 3, 2008, the Canadian Coast Guard has implemented rules that require SUP’ers to have a PFD with them at all times, but they don’t have to wear them.

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