Cold Water Paddling

This is the time of year when I tend to hide inside with a bowl Golden Grahams watching re-runs of House Hunters International while simultaneously looking up cheap flights to somewhere south. I must admit, Southern Ontarians have been spoiled this year with some pretty great autumn weather and this is making me dread the ball-busting, wet winter Lake Ontario winds even more than usual. Being cold is probably one of the things I hate the most, but I’ve made it my mission this year to embrace the cold weather and get outside….and on the water.

Photo by: Shannon M at PaddleWagon
Photo by: Shannon M at PaddleWagon

In order to get ready for some cold water paddling, I’ve invested in some key pieces of equipment. Firstly, surf booties were a must-buy. The rubber sole and neoprene (wet suit material) upper helps keep the water out and the toes dry. The second item on my to-buy list was a pair of neoprene gloves which, like the booties, help keep the hands warm and dry. For the remainder of the cold water gear, I managed to make do with some existing stuff – including a waterproof shell jacket and lightweight, full-length yoga pants.

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