We celebrated the beginning of our 9th Season this past weekend, with a Grand Re-Opening Open House and Sale!
Were you here?
With the milder weather, sunshine, and regular store hours all returning, we often get questions about "when the season REALLY gets going"
The easy, and complicated, answer is that "it depends"....
Weather is still unpredictable. Case in point, we had two AWESOME
days this past weekend - lots of sun and warm temperatures. Yet, as I sit and write this, it is pouring rain outside my window and the weather forecasters are calling for another round of snow (GASP!)
before this system is through with us. The ice in Grand River in front of our place has only been melted for about a week, and there is still plenty of ice on Lake Erie even now.
We understand that it's been a LONG Winter
and people are anxious to get back out on the water - but the reality is that water as cold as it is right now is simply too dangerous. If you are an experienced kayaker who owns your own drysuit and has comes prepared for the water temperatures, that's cool. Otherwise, we don't open up rentals, tours, lessons, or even test paddling until the river reaches 15C
. Don't kid yourself, that's still cold, but it isn't considered "dangerously cold". Please see our post about the dangers of cold water immersion from a couple of seasons ago, HERE.
The exact timing of the Grand River thawing to 15C is different every year, and based on this last Winter, we expect it's going to be a bit later than normal. We will post regular updates on the website and on our Facebook page.
We're looking forward to an excellent season, and can't wait for you to join us on the water....when the water is ready!
In the meantime, our Spring Store Hours are:
Thursdays: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Fridays: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturdays: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sundays: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Of course, the web-store s always open 24/7, and 99.9% of all all tours, lessons, and products can be purchased directly online. See our post here for instructions on reserving your tours, lessons, trips and other services through the website.
****PLEASE NOTE: The paddler in both of these photos (ME) was wearing a drysuit, insulating layers, neoprene liner gloves with a Goretex (tm) outer layer, and had additional spare clothes in a drybag, as well as a cellphone in a watertight case. At no time was I more than a few metres from shore.