Every time I take a trip, there are always stories and funny or compelling things that happen along the way.
As I write down the details and try to figure out just what this story is about, I suddenly realize how many people helped me plan my first kayak camping trip to the 1000 Islands in August. And it blows me away!
I did a lot of research. I have seven years of paddling experience, and have been a paddle blogger, publishing the BaffinPaddler for two years. But I still needed lots of resources and experienced paddle buddies to help plan and execute this trip. Kayak camping is not day paddling! You have to be well-prepared and self-sufficient.
My first kayak camping trip was planned from scratch with a simple question to paddle buddies: “Anyone want to kayak camp in the 1000 Islands in the middle of August?”
Ten people initially responded. Eight people showed up to the first planning meeting at a local Ottawa pub – a good choice for group planning meetings – the fun starts here! And four of us made the three-day kayak camping trip to Camelot Island.
And it was great! I would even do it again!
I am a habitual day paddler. I love day paddles and base camping from accommodations that have hot showers and big soft beds with lots of fluffy pillows.
I admire the trips and experiences of kayak campers. The photos they bring back from their trips are incredible and they always have interesting stories to tell. This is what sea kayaks are really made for – packing up everything you need for survival and fun, and heading out somewhere to set up camp.
I accumulated minimalist kayak camping gear for years. It sat unused in a closet. When I looked at it, I worried about how I would get everything I needed and wanted into a low volume playboat like the Boreal Baffin sea kayak.
Could I do it? Pack the boat and kayak camp with it? The Baffin is a sleek and skinny Greenland style boat designed more for rough water play and rolling, not kayak camping.
Kayak camping was just not for me, I thought. But I had all this kayak camping gear. “What should I do with all this stuff? Sell it or use it?”
Last summer, I looked at my awesome, sleek, 17 foot Boreal Baffin sea kayak sitting on the rack in the garage. Since I bought my fibreglass Malestrom Vital 166 last year, I had hardly paddled my Baffin.
I wanted to spend more time with it. Kayak camping with it was the way to go. There is no better way to get to know your sea kayak, or any sea kayak, than to kayak camp with it. The Boreal Baffin is made of polyethylene plastic. It would do better with the rocks!
This story and the links to other resources are here to help make it easier for you to plan and enjoy an awesome kayaking trip in the 1000 Islands too!
Thanks to all the great people and organizations who made my first kayak camping trip in the 1000 Islands a great experience:
Here’s my list of why I chose the 1000 Islands from Gananoque, Ontario for my first kayak camping experience and what I like about paddling the Admiralty, Fleet, and Navy Island Chains. Sorry it’s so long!
I didn’t want my first kayak camping trip to be in a remote area without services or conveniences. This is why I chose the 1000 Islands from Gananoque, Ontario, Canada. It was fun, affordable, and convenient.
Happy trip planning!
Publisher of the BaffinPaddler http://baffinpaddler.blogspot.com
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