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exploring the waters

kayaking for everyone

exploring the waters
melinda cheevers

There’s something intimate about exploring a waterway from the seat of a kayak. Unlike a yacht or motorboat, a kayak puts you close to the water and provides a unique perspective. Just ask Lisa Palmer and her family. Her three children – Lucas, Hannah and Ruben – grew up on the water.

The oldest, Lucas, spent most of his summers at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Sailing Club, exploring the area’s waterways. That familiarity comes in handy in the family’s newest venture: Niagara Kayak Rentals. The mobile kayaking outfit located in Niagara-on-the-Lake offers up beautiful and peaceful paddles in the lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario.

“We tailor the experience to suit anyone’s needs,” explains Lisa, adding they can accommodate large or small paddling groups. From the beginner looking to dip their toe in the kayaking world, to those more experienced paddlers hoping to go for an adventure in Niagara’s waters, Lisa says their rental company is ready to help.

The large comfortable cockpits of the kayaks are suitable for a variety of paddlers — novice to experienced, young and old alike. There is even room for small children or pets to go along for the ride.

Guests can stop by the Niagara-on-the-Lake shop and pick up the Canadian-made recreational and light-touring kayaks or can have them delivered right to the shore in Niagara.

“You get everything you need to get into the water,” added Lucas, noting they’ll deliver lifejackets, kayaks, paddles and an in-boat emergency kit.

Kayaks can be rented hourly, daily or for an entire weekend.

“We’re well suited for travellers and tourists yearning for something different,” says Lisa. “We felt it was important to bring something else to the visitors. This is an experience that has a low carbon footprint, which is important to our family. We use the waters that are already here, available to us and leave no residue behind. We’re making use of nature and enjoying the natural surroundings without causing any harm to it.”

Lucas says the lower Niagara River is the perfect spot for people to learn to kayak. Its calm waters and wonderful views makes it an ideal spot for novice kayakers, along with quiet inlets like Port Weller or Martindale Pond in St. Catharines. There are other waterways, however, that are more suited for experienced paddlers.

“We work with our guests to customize their experiences,” says Lucas, noting they’ll direct paddlers to where they should be kayaking.

The season kicks off during the Victoria Day long weekend in May and runs into the fall, for as long as the weather allows them.

“Last season, we went right into mid-October,” says Lisa.

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