Available at the reception desk
Sea kayaking is practiced on the Kiamika Reservoir. A kayak trip allows you to get away from it all for a few hours to a few days. You can stop here and there, sometimes on an island, sometimes on a beautiful beach of fine sand.
The practice of our favorite pastime necessarily has consequences on the various riparian ecosystems. As responsible practitioners, we must be aware of this and act to minimize the impact of our passage on the environment. The code of ethics developed by the FQCK, similar to the principles of Leave No Trace Canada, describes the steps to follow in order to be in total harmony with nature. By referring to it, you will be a committed and active user!
Single sea kayaks are available at the Montée Miron and Kilby departures. Double and single recreational kayaks are available at the reception of the dam for the day.
The boats are rented on a daily basis. For example, if you arrive on Friday and leave on Sunday, you will need to reserve a kayak for three days.
EQUIPMENT FOR THE ACTIVITY
- Boat (canoe or kayak)
- PFD (personal flotation device) of the appropriate size
- Paddles and bailer
- Floating rope or rope bag (15 meters)
- Whistle without ball
- Guide card in waterproof bag (e.g. Ziploc)
- Waterproof bag
- Flashlight or headlamp and batteries
- Water bottle or thermos (drinking water)
CLOTHING (Warm weather)
- Laced shoes (waterproof with non-slip soles)
- Breathable T-shirt
- Swimsuit or shorts
- Shirt or long-sleeved shirt
- Hat or cap with ties
- Pants (polyester or nylon)
CLOTHING (Cool and wet weather)
- Insulated coat
- Lace-up shoes (waterproof with non-slip soles)
- Pants and rain coat
- Wool socks
- Wool or fleece sweater
- Wool or fleece hat
- Sunglasses with safety cord
- Sunscreen cream
- Mosquito repellent and/or net
- First aid kit
- Duct tape
- Emergency knife
- Personal medication
1) Prepare your outings in advance
Bring with you the maps you need to plan your route. Check the condition of your equipment before you leave. Your boat and PFD should be brightly colored for your safety. Find out how many sites are available at backcountry campsites and reduce your group size if necessary. Plan your meals to minimize packaging and waste. This will save you time, weight and space. Provide a stove for cooking meals. Bring drinking water or find out if fresh water is available and bring what you need to treat it.
2) Use durable surfaces
Walk on durable surfaces (dry grass, gravel, rocky slabs). Arrive early to set up camp with minimal impact on the environment and use existing campsites. – Leave the camp site in its natural state when you leave. Limit your stops to a maximum of two nights.
3) Manage your waste properly
Take back everything you brought with you. Provide bags for your garbage. Use the toilets available (dry or other). If there are no toilets, bring your papers and put human waste in 15-20 cm deep holes dug in the ground more than 70 m from a waterway. Make a slightly shallower hole for wastewater (e.g., dishwashing). Before you leave, take a final walk!
4) Avoid campfires
Do not build campfires at stopover sites unless there are special facilities and wood for them.
5) Touch only with your eyes
Take pictures rather than touching vegetation or any historical or cultural objects.
6) Respect wildlife and fragile environments
Observe wildlife from a distance. Move away if you detect signs of nervousness in the animals you observe. Respect the stopping sites identified by the FQCK and the Routes Bleues to avoid disturbing wildlife and fragile environments. Keep your pets under control or leave them at home.
7) Respect shoreline property owners and other users
Set an example by respecting the uses negotiated with shoreline property owners. Be courteous and discreet so as not to disturb other users and property owners. Offer your help to anyone who seems to be in trouble.
Source Fédération Québécoise du Canot Kayak