British Columbia Canoeing FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Canoeing

What is a canoe trip?

A canoe trip is covering a distance on lakes and rivers, and occasionally over land, over several days and nights in the wilderness. It can be a circular trip on a large lake, where you hug the shore all the way around, or it can follow a series of lakes and rivers from Point A to Point B.

What does a typical day look like?

  • Wake up, make coffee and eat breakfast, pack up.
  • Paddle.
  • Stop for lunch.
  • Paddle.
  • Find a place to camp for the night, set up camp.
  • Fish, nap, explore, snack, swim.
  • Eat dinner, sleep.
  • Repeat.

What do you eat?

  • Space and weight, and food freshness, are always an issue on canoe trips. On short trips, you can bring fresh fruits and veggies, but on longer trips we typically rely on dehydrated things.

I'm not eating dehydrated food!

  • Trust me, Anita is a master chef and makes the most unbelievable dehydrated meals you can imagine. You absolutely cannot tell.
  • Check out our Blog to see how we eat at home and out in the wild

What does a  meal plan look like?

  • Coffee, served like anywhere else. Except for powdered milk instead of actual milk.
  • Breakfast: Oatmeal, pancakes, omeletes, burritos, meats and cheeses.
  • Snack: GORP (Good Old Raisins and Peanuts), otherwise known as Trail Mix.
  • Lunch: Cured meats (salami) and cheese with wraps, or peanut butter and cheese, canned tuna.
  • Snack: More trail mix! Nuts and dried fruits are all the rage.
  • Dinner: Pasta with meat sauce, shepherd's pie, freshly made buns

What personal items can you bring?

  • Like food, weight and size is at a premium. Here's all you need:
  • Sleeping bag and pad.
  • 1 set of: Day clothes (can get wet and dirty, should keep you warm regardless).
  • 1 set of: Night clothes (what, exactly, depends on the season).
  • 1 set of: Rain gear.
  • Daily underwear and socks.
  • Toothbrush, hair brush, tampons, etc.
  • Headlamp.
  • Small and light book, MP3 player, something personal you think you'll need. I tend to just stare at things.

What happens if there's an emergency?

  • We deal with problems, big and small, on the fly.
  • We bring a SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messenger, so folks back home can track our progress and we can call an SOS if we need it.