There is nothing worse than a weekend of wasted opportunity and with so many great things to do outdoors in Canada, failing to take advantage of them feels like doing the weekend gods an injustice. So if your usual plans are getting stale, why not plan an epic, unforgettable boating trip? Get up to the cottage or campsite, and give your crew something to talk about come home time! With thousands of lakes and waterways to choose from across Canada, there’s no shortage of scenic locations to choose from. We talk to a lot of boaters and they tell us all about their killer weekends on the water, so we have the inside scoop on the latest gear and gadgets to make your boating adventures something special. So before you set off on your next adventure, read our Ultimate Cottage Gear Guide to get the most out of the trip. Remember to get your crew BOATsmart! certified too, so you can all truly experience the thrill of getting out on the water. Captain gets first dibs on dinner!
When you do something like getting up on water-skis for the first time in front of all your friends, you need a great photo or video to show off. Pics or it didn’t happen, am I right? Nothing beats the durability and performance of the GoPro for snapping incredible POV shots of your set. Not only is the camera waterproof, it comes with a floaty to keep it from sinking to the bottom of the lake. Make sure you snap lots of pictures so you can share the story of your unforgettable Canadian getaway.
See how many crew members you can squeeze onto one of these mats, or take part in a competitive game of bowling (all you need are empty plastic bottles and a tennis ball!). Take an afternoon off to lounge around in the sun and tan, or get the squad together to make the most of a lazy day and watch the sunset over the water. That GoPro we mentioned is seeming pretty useful now too, right?!
Make sure you and your crew are outfitted with the best (and most stylish) lifejackets and PFDs for your weekend on the water. This device is lightweight, but packs a punch when you need it to – it provides up to 50% more inflation than your average lifejacket. Its thin design doesn’t cover you up too much either, making it perfect for showing off your new bathing suit and avoiding those nasty tan lines!
Keep the tunes bumping both on the water and back on land. This Bluetooth speaker is water resistant so you don’t have to worry about dropping it or splashing it while you’re out on the boat. It’s portable, lightweight, and durable enough to stand up to the elements on the water and on the beach. Time to take your best cottage weekend playlist to-go! Set up a collaborative playlist with your crew on Spotify and let the good times – and tunes – roll.
Beginners will love this wakesurfer for its ability to maintain speed and its maneuverability. This board’s shape combines the skim and traditional surf styles which is perfect for beginners and experts alike. Not to mention the board’s stunning design that is sure to make your Instagram snapshots even more eye-catching.
Adventures and adrenaline-fueled watersports are undoubtedly fun, but after a hard week it’s also a good idea to take an afternoon off and experience the joys of fishing with your crew. This fishing kayak allows paddlers to mount up to two rods and even includes a padded backrest – perfect for those days when you just want to lie back and let the fish come to you. Impress your fam with freshly caught dinner and you’re sure to be the hero of the trip.
Take the littlest crew members out for a spin! Let your kids test out their skills on two planks if they’re not as comfortable on a board. These beginner skis feature a detachable stabilizer that is great for getting the kids used to the feeling of riding the water.
Stand-Up Paddleboards give you and the squad a great way to get around and can burn between 300 and 400 calories per hour. If you’re feeling flexy, try out a few yoga poses – it’s a LOT harder than it looks. These SUP boards from Tikhine are both sturdy and lightweight. They’re also beautifully designed giving your crew art they can ride!
Make waves with Delta! Nothing dampens your mood more than waves that just won’t cooperate with you. Luckily, Delta’s Wakesurf Panel allows you to create the exact wave you want with ease. The only way you’re going to get that great shot of the new trick you learned is if you catch the perfect wave.
We know that sometimes the best trips are spontaneous. That’s why we offer an online course that lets you get certified from anywhere – at home the night before you leave, or even dockside at the cottage on your phone. We provide a temporary boating license card that allows you to drive a boat immediately – just print it out and take it on board.
No matter what you plan to do, a day or two spent by the water will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. Whether you’re trying out new activities and escaping your comfort zone or simply taking time out to chill out, make sure you have a licensed boater for the weekend – or get your whole crew certified today. What are you waiting for?! Start up the playlist and hit the road!
New York is a city surrounded by various bodies of water making it a perfect city to spend the day out on the water. Made up by five boroughs, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island, this lively city sits right where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean making boating an epic and visually stunning experience. Boat your way into a New York state of mind when you step off the dock and onto the water for a day of sun and adventure as you cruise around the Big Apple.
The inlets and islands of Freeport are perfect for a day of fishing and boating while you take in the beautiful coastline. Freeport is situated in Nassau County on the South Shore of Long Island. Zach’s Bay is southeast of Freeport off the Jones Beach Theatre and is a great place to anchor for families to raft-up and enjoy a concert playing at the theatre or enjoy a day on the beach without the overcrowded feeling.
The Hudson River
The Hudson River offers beautiful scenery along the 300 miles that it stretches. Boaters can escape to the north toward Peekskill where the river offers copious amounts of wildlife. There is abundant largemouth and smallmouth bass around the tributary mouths and in-river structures during the summer and fall. In the spring striped bass can be caught below the Troy Dam to New York City. There are small towns along the river that you can visit, learn the history, stretch your legs and enjoy dinner along the water’s edge. Check out one of the only Dock & Dine spots in New York city at La Marina in Washington Heights for a really fun experience!
This is a region of New York State, known for its lush vineyards and named for its series of eleven long, thin lakes extended like fingers. This is one of New York State’s most popular regions for recreational boating with numerous private boat launches to enjoy a scenic route. Take a day trip and explore the Finger Lakes Central Region (the centrally located area found between the two largest lakes; Seneca Lake to the West and Cayuga Lake to the East). These lakes were formed by glaciers and contain over 6.6 trillion gallons of fresh water making it an ideal destination to enjoy a day on the water.
If you love fishing, this is the place for you as it has ample fish and fishing holes. With more than 100 boat launches available in the region, this is an easy accessible waterway with much to offer. With it’s crystal clear waters, historic castles and lighthouses, it is arguably one of the best places for pleasure boating in New York State.
New York Harbor
Boating by the Manhattan skyline is an experience everyone should have at least once in their lives. There are many attractions such as Governors Island which is a 172-acre island containing Fort Jay, Castle Williams, and Dock 102. Don’t forget to stop by Liberty Island, home to the Statue of Liberty as well as Ellis Island which is a historical site that opened in 1892 as an immigration station for more than 60 years.
This was called “the most beautiful water I ever saw” by Thomas Jefferson and this statement still holds true today. It was once an important fur-trading route and held an important role in the American Revolution with traces of the past laying at the bottom of the lake in the form of shipwrecks. Although a lake that once held a violent past, today, the coastal shores are full of beautiful wilderness, marinas, restaurants and the Adironack Mountains which add to the astounding atmosphere.
Cold Spring Harbor
This is the perfect place to drop an anchor, enjoy a picnic on the boat and go swimming for the day or head out for a day of water skiing and wake-boarding. This is truly some of Long Islands best boating with a coastline full of beaches, parks and historic mansions. For larger vessels who want to anchor for the day, Eaton’s Neck Basin is the perfect place and it’s only a few miles east near Huntington Bay.
Whether you’re going for an all-day boating adventure to take in the picturesque scenery along the coast, throwing down an anchor to take a dip in the water or stopping along the water’s edge to indulge in a scenic meal, New York offers a vast array of options for any type of excursion. The waterways of New York will never disappoint an enthusiastic boater as there is truly something for everyone. Sail through these waters in New York and make memories you will never forget.
With Father’s Day nearly here, it’s tough to choose that perfect gift for dad to show him how much he really means to you. After all, he’s been your number one supporter from the beginning, giving you advice and always sharing his not-so-funny dad jokes when you need to smile. Dads look forward to the day that they can pass on their traditions to their kids and share common interests for the ultimate goal of spending quality time together. Maybe he took you to his favourite fishing spot and showed you how to put a worm on a hook and helped you reel in that whopper you’d been excitedly talking about all day. This Father’s Day, we have some awesome gifts for you to choose from to save time and to show dad how great you think he is!
Dad’s already our captain, why not get him a boating license and make it official on the water! Get it now and he’ll receive two extra cards to keep in his tackle box, car or wallet. Boating allows you to feel free and relaxed out on the water and the BOATsmart! course will help dad boat with confidence this Father’s Day.
Swim into dad’s good books this Father’s Day with an engraved compass. This thoughtful, personalized gift is made out of brass metal and measures about 2.5” in diameter. Each compass is hand crafted in a vintage style with minor dents and scratches to add to the charm and character. There are 50-60 characters that can fit per side to personalize your message. This makes a unique yet practical nautical gift for dad that will surely become a keepsake.
What do you get the dad who already has everything? Anchor cuff links, of course! These handsome accessories are a perfect way to make a detailed fashion statement for any occasion. Let dad show his boat enthusiasm with these nautical accessories in a sophisticated way this Father’s Day!
This handcrafted driftwood dock for iPhones or iPods is the perfect gift, tying the modern-day electronics to the timeless minimalism of nature. This is a practical gift that looks like art, handmade in Maine by Lee Goodwin and his team who gather and then handcraft them to fit the contours and cord of your device.
This cookbook is perfect for the dad who loves to cook seafood! It offers more than 150 mouth-watering recipes including entrees, salads, appetizers, soups, sides and more. Every single recipe features seafood that hasn’t been overfished or caught in an environmentally destructive way, making Barton Seaver (the author) one of the most important voices of the sustainability movement. You will learn how to buy and choose the freshest ingredients as well as how to prep and cook seafood. Let dad discover how to make Poached Salmon with Pickled Chilies and Mint or Smoked Lobster and Fennel-Carrot Salad and he’ll become captain of the kitchen in no time.
This striped sweater has a classic look to it that will never go out of style. For those summer days out on the boat that turn to a chilly dusk, dad can throw on this cotton-cashmere sweater and continue on his boating route with his crew in tow.
Dad could always use a new pair of boat shoes so why not treat him to these authentic originals! These have been a long-time favorite to many-a-boater, sailor and yachter for good reason, too! These fine shoes are crafted with genuine all leather upper which allows for years of wear, non-marking rubber outsoles with wet traction as well as genuine hand-sewn Tru-Moc construction for durable comfort. Dad’s feet will be thanking you for this awesome gift!
A fishing or boating subscription is a perfect gift to help dad stay in the know and keep up-to-date on the newest industry news. Help him stay informed with subscriptions to magazines such as Boating Magazine, Boating World or Real Fishing Magazine or set him up with Lucky Tackle Box which sends a box of the newest fishing gear each month.
Dads can often be difficult to buy for as they are the ones that we will always look up to as our teachers, comedians, confidants and protectors. We have so much to thank dads for that it’s hard to show just how much we appreciate their life lessons (mostly at the wrong time but still, it’s the thought that counts) or their silly dad jokes that are not funny at all but that somehow makes them hilarious. But what dads appreciate the most is quality time spent with you! Hopefully these top Father’s Day gift ideas will help you create more time for dad this year while showing him how much he means to you with these thoughtful gifts.