boating lifestyle

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Where to Boat

Top 10 Canadian Destinations to boat this summer

  1. Okanagan Lake, British Columbia
  2. Barclay Sound and the Port Alberni Inlet, British Columbia
  3. Haida Gwaii, British Columbia
  4. Southern Lakes, Yukon Territory
  5. Sylvan Lake Provincial Park, Alberta
  6. Northern Saskatchewan
  7. Whiteshell Provincial Park and Cottage Country, Manitoba
  8. Chaudière-Appalaches, Quebec
  9. Northumberland Strait, Maritimes
  10. Lake of the Woods, Ontario

Celebs on a boat

Top 10 music videos that feature a boat

  1. Celine Dion, Heart with go on
  2. The Tragically Hip, Lake Fever
  3. Shania Twain, Forever and Always
  4. Arcade Fire, Afterlife
  5. Matt Dusk et Florence K, Somethin’ Stupid
  6. Jake Owen, Barefoot Blue Jean Night
  7. Aliyah, Rock the Boat
  8. T-Pain: I’m on a boat
  9. Jennifer Lopez, Jenny from the Block
  10. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, “Can’t Hold Us”

Better on a boat

Top activities to do on a boat instead

  1. Watch a movie: There are a lot of amazing outdoor movie festivals in Canada where you can bring your boat and watch from the water
  2. Watch the fireworks: Nothing beats the sight of the fireworks in the sky and then reflecting on the water
  3. Host friends: Why not have a dinner party on a boat instead? There are great options for some meals on your boat
  4. Sightsee: What better way to see the sights than via water?
  5. Meditate: Meditating on the water gives you double the stress-free relief
  6. Entertaining: Better to enjoy a cruise on the water instead of the standard party on land!
  7. Attend a concert: Why not take your boat to an outdoor concert and listen to the tunes and avoid the crowd?

Nautical Nibbles

Some perfect snacks to have on a boat

  1. Trail mix
  2. Individually wrapped veggies and dip packages
  3. Sandwiches
  4. Cheese & crackers
  5. Cookies
  6. Bottles of water (individual for easy pouring)
  7. Fruit that doesn't need ot be cut: ex: Apples and Bananas
  8. Boxed drinks

Marine Moms

Must haves for your boat-loving mom this Mother's Day

  1. Waterproof sunscreen
  2. Boating or water sport lessons
  3. New lifejacket
  4. Boat shoes
  5. Tickets to a boat show
  6. Nautical theme clothing
  7. Anchor jewellery
  8. Sunglasses
  9. Captain's hat
  10. Binoculars

Fun and Fireworks

Where to watch fireworks on the water (either with your boat or a cruise)

  1. Convoyeurs Pier, Quebec
  2. Burrard Inlet, British Columbia
  3. Niagara Falls, Ontario (aboard the Hornblower only)
  4. Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia
  5. Kingston, Ontario
  6. Ganonoque, Ontario
  7. St. Lawrence River, Quebec

Marine Manners

Tips for being a good guest

  1. Bring a no-fuss gift that's boat friendly
  2. Check with your boat host before inviting additional guests. It's important for the host to know numbers to account for life jackets and capacity
  3. Wear boat-friendly shoes with non-marking soles or go barefoot. Heels are not safe and can famage some boat floors
  4. Pack light: Space ad storage can be limited so bring only what you need
  5. Dress for all weather and bring light layers to keep perfectly happy