The 8 Best Things We’ve Saved for the End of Summer
Well, you can already see the morning mist getting heavier and feel the bite of those cooler nights as you reach for that extra sweater. The trees are starting to show us their first glimpse of colour, and the floors are being waxed at every school across the country. It’s back-to-school & see-ya-summer time. A time for celebrations and a time to cheers to another great Canadian summer.
For us, that means making the most of Labour Day Weekend and saving the very BEST for last! It also got us thinking, what exactly does that mean for Canadian cottagers? So, after asking a few die-hard weekend warriors from coast-to-coast how they would spend their time on summer’s very last weekend, we came up with a list of the best things to do! Check it out!
1) Try to land that wakeboard trick you’ve been thinking about all summer. Be bold. Nothing feels better than nailing that first invert!
2) Make a double decker s’more (with your own top-secret ingredient). Check out Buzzfeed’s list of the best s’more recipes that will change your life.
3) Have a ‘taste-of-summer’, farmer’s market dinner, with everything from fresh-caught fish, peaches, berries, corn and garden goodies!
4) Get your crew up to the cottage! Make it a party for the books. Just remember boaters, water on the water. Only enjoy alcoholic beverages on shore, after you’ve finished a great day of boating with your crew! Check out the laws in Canada for boating and alcohol here.
5) Play scrabble…competitively. It’s way more fun than you remember. Introducing vintage board games to those selfie-taking, Pokemon Go-playing kids of the Smartphone generation can be incredibly satisfying.
6) Have a campfire, like a good one. The kind that earns you a scout badge. Light up the faces around you and don’t forget, The Tragically Hip always make for the best, go-to, summer soundtrack. Oh, and here’s a great long weekend playlist from us we made this summer that you might enjoy!
7) Save the back-to-school shopping for next week. Why throw elbows at the mall when you could be at the cottage, or on the water? Besides, everything will be on sale by then… it’s a win-win.
8) Make it a rule to go barefoot all weekend. Gonna’ be a long winter and let’s face it, socks suck.
One other great thing to do on the long weekend is to go see your neighbours. Sure you might come up to the cottage or cabin again during the fall but it’s always nice to see your cottage crew one last time before the weather cools down too much. Pack a cooler of snacks and park the boat at their dock to have a quick hello and be able to offer refreshments! Everyone loves a travelling host. Make sure you grab your boating license before heading out on the water. When it makes the waterways safer for everyone and you can get certified online in just 3 easy steps, there’s really no excuse not to have your Pleasure Craft Operator Card with you!
Safe travels to all of you heading up to your cottages, cabins or camps to ring in the Labour Day Weekend! Enjoy it and make the most of your time with friends and family. After all, we always save the best for last.
We have the scoop on the latest and greatest boating accessories from MISSION boat gear! As a team of boating enthusiasts who love being on the water themselves, they understand it’s all about having fun with family and friends out on the water. They want to heighten these experiences with their products to generate smiles and create memories for years to come.
This piece of equipment was created in 2016 and totally changed the game of wake surfing. This new innovation creates a beautiful wave, that distributes the flow of water, opposite of the surfer, allowing you to surf behind your v-drive or direct-drive inboard boat. It’s a removable surf solution that attaches to the side of your boat cleanly with suction. You can thank the people who dedicated over a thousand hours to investing in the prototype that would make the most perfect wake. Every single aspect of DELTA was designed with the wakesurfer in mind and promises to deliver the best-in-class wave performance. The reason for this is due to the geometry of the device; the contoured front panel with engineered side vents generates the perfect amount of turbulence to give you the best wave performance for your boat. If the panels were larger and flat, it would put more stress on the boat and would increase steering problems, fuel consumption and splashing. The reversible orientation design is optimal for direct-drives or complex hulls that require DELTA to be attached higher while the normal orientation is typically used for decently weighted v-drives.
This mat will provide you, your friends and family with endless amounts of fun this summer! Enjoy limitless options as you sit on top of the water on this stable and rigid mat. It’s made with extra durable material that’s used in naval applications with premium drop-stitch construction and double reinforced seams. It’s 4-inches thick, giving the mat maximum stability to perform your favourite acrobatics, golf, cannonballing and much more. It comes in three different sizes for your preference and stows in a small bag. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it feels like to walk on water, now’s your opportunity!
These are the absolute best towels to take with you to the cottage or on a camping trip. The microfibres absorb way more water than cotton towels, they stow small and have an integrated strap which serves as a way to hang the towel to dry. They also come with a water-resistant carrying case to ensure that after a day of wakesurfing, you won’t need to air dry.
These are an innovative boat bumper solution that quickly attaches to boat cleats and docks. What’s different about these fenders is the protection they offer both above and below the rub rail. These fenders have been adapted to meet the needs of boaters today. They are easy to use on smaller boats, boats that don’t have flat sides, handrails and/or high-waisted rub rails. They have a hanging point that’s lower than traditional fenders which aligns with the contour of your boat and keeps it from getting caught on top of the dock. They keep your boat safe with an innovative hanging system (a strap, rather than a rope) and an easy, adjustable locking mechanism that allows you to place it on a boat or dock offering optimal protection.
You can keep your board looking snug as a bug in a rug with these low profile, stylish board SOX. You can choose from the point or snub nose styles. The snub nose fits wakesurf and wakeboards up to 57”, the large point nose fits boards up to 64” and small point nose fits boards up to 55”. These SOX are light-weight, quick-drying and perfect for storing your boards on the boat or at home.
MISSION boat gear is a leading company in the boating accessory industry. They continue to innovate and bring new, exciting products to the water for us to enjoy and create life-long memories. Use one of these accessories next time you’re out on the boat, and you won’t be disappointed! Happy boating!
Georgia is home to some pretty epic bodies of water. With the Blue Ridge Mountains as the scenic backdrop for many of the lakes, it’s obvious why Georgia has many popular areas for boating. We’ve made a list of some of the best lakes in Georgia that you’re not going to want to miss next time you’re visiting or if you live here and simply want to visit your beautiful state.
Known as Georgia’s “Great Lake,” Lanier has something for everyone; sections for fast boats, watersports, quiet spots for fishing, and local spots with parks, theaters and museums. With so much variety, it’s no wonder this is one of the South’s greatest boating destinations. It’s located in North Georgia, just 60 miles from the state capitol of Atlanta with nearly 700 miles of shoreline spread over 38,000 acres and has several million visitors annually. Staying overnight? There are over 45 parks and 10 campgrounds that line the shores of Lake Lanier including a state park, Don Carter State Park.
This lake is located just outside Milledgeville which offers a quiet place to boat, fish and relax. This is a Georgia Power reservoir located near Lake Oconee, has more than 15,330 acres od water and 400 miles of scenic shoreline. The Georgia Power lake website is a resource that you can utilize for recommendations of lake access and amenities. Rocky Creek Park is a great place to launch your boat for a relaxing day on the water fishing and boating. It’s located on the southeast side of the lake in Baldwin County near Sinclair Dam. It provides many amenities such as restrooms, picnic tables, grills, fishing pier, swimming beach and playground.
Located in central Georgia, this is a destination lake for both casual and luxury outdoor fun. It runs through Georgia’s Morgan, Greene and Putnam counties and is separated from its sister lake, Sinclair by the Wallace Dam. There is 19,971 acres of water to explore on this lake with 374 miles of shoreline.
Also known as Chatuge Lake and Chatuga Reservoir, this lake is located in Hiawassee and covers 7,050 acres along the northern Georgia and western North Carolina boarders. This lake has it all, from camping in it’s beautiful forests, fishing, trying out some water activities to boating, there is no shortage of fun to be had on these waters. There are plenty of public ramps for boat access while Boundary Waters Resort and Marina offers boat rentals and sales, cabin rentals and a full marina.
Lake Blue Ridge
This is a reservoir in Fannin County in northern Georgia. It encompasses 3,300 acres of crystal blue waters with the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop. The Chattahoochee National Forest encompasses a majority of the shorelines with the remaining being held by private land. There are several accessible public boat ramps and numerous National Forest campsites if you feel like staying the night. This is the perfect lake to go boating, jet skiing, kayaking, swimming and fishing. It’s in habited by plenty of walleye, small mouth bass, white-pass, bluegill, yellow perch, channel catfish and flathead catfish. Throw in a line and test your luck! This is a lake you’re not going to want to miss next time you’re visiting Georgia!
One of the most popular lakes in all of the United States due to the size of the lake that you can enjoy. It was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1940’s and they still maintain it today. The water flows from the Blue Ridge Mountains and covers more than 12,000 acres with 270 miles of shoreline making it a boater’s dream! With plenty of marinas along the shore of the lake that offer boat services, sales, rentals as well as restaurants if you feel like stretching your legs for lunch.
These popular lakes in Georgia are the perfect spot to launch your boat and take your family on a scenic outing on the water. With the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains as your view, you’ll be floating on wave nine as you make memories and share laughs in this unforgettable state.