#4: Canoe Camping
Canoe camping combines much of the appeal of backpacking, such as freedom and self-sufficiency, with several added advantages associated with water travel. One main advantage is that as participants travel by canoe, weight is not so important so it is possible to carry more equipment.
As well as this, travelling on water potentially allows participants to travel further or to reach places otherwise inaccessible to hikers travelling on foot. This means that it can be easier to get further away from civilization and into the true wilderness by canoe.
There are many types of trip available to canoe campers and before choosing a destination, you need to decide on your skill level as well as what it is you are specifically looking for, whether that be fishing, scenery, wildlife or simply to be away from other people for a few days.
For safety, canoe camping trips are best attempted by a minimum of two people in case something goes wrong so someone is there to help, although solo trips are also possible. This type of camping is also suitable for families.
One of the main things to be aware of when participating in canoe camping is that rainfall can significantly change the character of a waterway. A gentle stream can become a potentially dangerous raging torrent after heavy rainfall.
This is an excellent way to enjoy nature and the peaceful solitude of water travel can be the perfect way to relax and unwind – you just need to make sure you are aware of the conditions and the weather forecast before you leave and make sure you prepare properly.