• Be prepared: plan your route based on the abilities of your group. Find out about water conditions, navigation rules, and areas to avoid. 
  • Respect the right of way: non-motorized boats do not have priority, so pay attention to other boats. Keep to the right when you pass another boat and stay close to the shore. 
  • Respect wildlife: pay attention to the impact of your activity on fauna and flora and avoid sensitive areas. Observe wildlife from a distance and do not feed wild animals. 
  • Be courteous: stay on the lookout to help others if necessary and be willing to adapt your activity to suit them. Keep in mind that sound travels more clearly on water, make sure to moderate your volume accordingly. 
  • Share space: make sure not to monopolize space, pay attention to others and maintain a safe distance from them to avoid collisions and any other inconveniences. 
  • Exercise caution: if you’re canoeing in white water, you must be extra vigilant. In addition, make sure not to obstruct other paddlers who are trying to portage when you stop near the rapids to scout out the area.

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