AD is truly adventurous....I always feel sad for his big brother though, that he can't join you on some of these outings...if he only understood why!
I almost went there today on a bike ride, but stayed close to Guelph instead. Too bad it didn't work out this time. I think we should try a canoe trip with only our licensed dogs. That means Scout, but not Contour yet!
Myka, we feel so sad for BazingaDog too - especially since he is also dealing with a sore knee and some dermatitis, poor guy. He's such a sweetie and I feel bad that we aren't able to include him in more activities. I'm giving him extra hugs these days.
Boat traffic is probably not bad in the early am. My am, not your am...
Fortunately, it doesn't open until my a.m. :) 'Bent works later on Wednesdays so we thought we might try an 8 a.m. paddle some time. It's 40 minutes away so we were hoping it might work for weekend paddles but I think we picked the worst possible time. You know it's a bad sign when there's a poutine and ice cream truck by the boat launch. (Only in Canada.)
Try November. It's pretty quiet then, and not too bad in late March. They do let a lot of water out at certain times though, and then some of the lake just disappears. The mud flats are apparently great for cranes, herons, egrets and other water fowl though. We often go after we drop Tman at his camp on Belwood Lake and we've never felt there were too many motorboats to too much wake. Now Lake Eugenia - that lake is bad, sounds more like what you're describing.
I've adventure raced on Lake Eugenia and it was pretty bad too! Maybe you dropped T-man at his camp on a weekday? The Belwood parking lot was jammed and almost every cottage was occupied. I think we just happened to hit it on one of the busiest afternoons of the year. The jet skis were the worst since they love to weave all over the place.
I've paddled the east Holland river from Queensville. It is a pretty quite piece of river, and very lazy. I haven't been for a while, but boats from there were infrequent and likely to be someone out fishing.
2nd criterion: Is it clean and relatively weed free? Some bodies of water around here get pretty gross with weeds, goose poop and algae as the season goes on. When we used to paddle in the Holland Marsh when we lived in Schomberg, that was one of the hazards.
The river around Queensville to Holland Landing varies. I went by yesterday to check its current state. There is quite a bit of weed along the shore at the access point, but the river there is pretty clear. The water is quite dirty, but it doesn't have the gross layer of surface slime that you get in the marsh.
The dirt is mostly what washes through the storm sewers from Aurora and Newmarket.
Hmm, it wouldn't take much longer to get to Georgian Bay or Orillia for a long paddle. I should check the Nottawasaga at this time of year too.
I haven't looked at Nottawasaga for some time. For me, Queensville is quite convenient, but not entirely satisfying. I'm more likely to shoot up to Lake Couchaching for nice water, and just try not to step on any zebra mussels on the way into the water.
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