North America’s Top Spots For Canoeing & Kayaking Holidays

There are a number of great locations for canoeing and kayaking breaks in North America, whether you are a complete beginner or a more experienced canoeist. This beautiful part of the world is great for families and is rich in scenery and wildlife.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Minnesota

Look out for black bears and moose if you intend to visit the 1,500 miles of canoe waterways on the Minnesota-Canadian border. The 1.1 million acres of wilderness area consists mostly of lakes – there are over 600 in Quetico and over 1,000 in the Boundary Waters. It is common to carry your canoe and gear between the lakes (called ‘portaging’). Take a compass and lots of bug protection in the summer months on these waters.

Nicolet National Forest, Wisconsin © Elvis Kennedy

Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin is a green blanket of pine forest sprinkled with lakes and rivers; that is, around 1,200 lakes and 800 miles of trails – perfect to explore by canoe or kayak. Christmas Mountain Village in Wisconsin Dells is situated between rows of pine trees. You could see wildlife such as deer, wild turkey and fox. Bluegreen Resorts promotions are available at a range of resorts including Mountain Village. . Families can enjoy the indoor and outdoor pools, skiing in the winter, golf, tennis, fishing, restaurants, a games room and playground, and much more in the luxury and comfort that Bluegreen Resorts offers.

The Yukon’s Rivers, Canada

It is possible to canoe from Whitehorse to Dawson City, or down the Teslin River, or enlist the help of a guide to explore some of the more remote rivers. The Wind River goes through untouched, wild landscape, and canoeists can explore the glaciers and the tundra landscape while looking out for bears and other wildlife. You can also hike mountains and canyons when you fancy a break from the water.

The Nahanni River, Northwest Territories

The Nahanni River is in one of the most remote areas of Canada. Located in the Northwest Territories, The Nahanni River is east of the Yukon, and access is generally by floatplane. The River flows through the Nahanni River National Park Preserve and features white water, rapids and waterfalls. It passes through four long, steep canyons with walls of over 1,000 feet. Look out for alpine sheep, goats, caribou, wolves and grizzly bears, and see the spectacular Virginia Falls, which is nearly twice the height of Niagara.

For a fantastic break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, consider a holiday exploring the lakes and rivers of North America by canoe or kayak.

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