An article by Sophie Corriveau.
I spent the summer on the bodies of water in Quebec and the Maritimes, by SUP, fully appreciating the few hot and sunny days that Mother Nature had to share. What I find wonderful about our province: the four seasons. Each has its own charms and allows us to take into account the diversity of our beautiful territory.
Fall, with its changing colors, even the bodies of water that I paddle in the summer look quite different. The orange, red and yellow colors of the trees and the morning mist compliment each other to form an enchanting setting. The majority of boats and docks are stored and the bodies of water are more deserted, more peaceful.
It doesn't take much to convince me to go paddling during this season. You only need to be dressed accordingly. My favorite moments to paddle? Early in the morning or at sunset to enjoy the calm and mist. These are by far the best times of the day to admire the effects of the sun on the fall colors. This is also the time the winds ease and the water becomes a mirror. A great way to ground yourself in present time.
Each paddle stroke reminds me of why I love this sport. The tranquility and the feeling of sliding on the water have a therapeutic effect. I take this moment for myself, to connect with what is happening around me. Contemplation is done with the eyes, certainly, but with all the other senses. The smell of the leaves and the song of migratory birds reminds me that winter is not too far away.
My favorite places to SUP in the fall?
I have no specific places to SUP during the fall, because my goal is to follow the color change throughout the season. In some areas, fall arrives earlier than elsewhere.
To follow the evolution of fall in Quebec, I consult the interactive map of Quebec Original's fall colors. It often guides my destination for a trip to the water in harmony with the pigmentation of the forests.
How to dress? What to wear?
The essential equipment to extend the SUP season includes good booties to keep your feet warm, I recommend 5 or 7mm because I prefer to have warmer feet than to be cold. Then, dress according to the temperature as if you were going for a walk in the forest (coat, hat, gloves, etc.) Is a wetsuit necessary? Yes, especially for security reasons. What thickness to choose? It all depends on the water temperature, the current, your skills on the water and the distance from the point of return. A wetsuit is still hot if you are not in the water, but when you fall, you will always be happy to have it!
To find out which wetsuit to choose or how to dress to extend your season, it's right here