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Planning A Canoe Trip

You’ve done it. You’ve decided to take your paddling to the next level with an overnight canoe trip. You’ve read Basic Basics and you’re excited to get planning. But where do you start? The irony of canoe tripping is that whatever length of your trip you plan, you pretty much have to put in the same amount of prep work. Sure, we all dream of the perfect trip, with gorgeous weather and relaxing days. Yet even on a weekend outing you need to be prepared for reality. Remembering all the details can make the difference between falling into a miserable heap, jacketless, in a pile of muskeg in the pouring rain, or finishing the same portage in the same weather with a dry raincoat, a smile and the feeling that you’re on top of the world.

Canoeing.com has all the information you need to prepare for your adventure, whether you’re a weekend warrior or a seasoned wilderness trekker. Pick a destination, plan your trip, and get smart about canoeing. But remember, as a first-time canoe tripper, getting personalized guidance from experts will ensure that you have all your bases covered. Talking with one of the experienced outfitters and guides listed in each section of the Destination Guide will help you plan the trip that is the right one for you. Remember to be up front with them about your experience level and they will prove to be the best advice.

Choosing a Destination

Getting Started

Rules & Regulations

What to Pack

Camping Cuisine

Setting Out



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