What equipment do we need?

Next week we will pull our sailboat Yemaya out of the water for the season in Georgian Bay after traveling about 800 miles. From Georgian Bay we will travel up the French River and down the Mattawa and Ottawa Rivers to Ottawa, which is the Capital of Canada. The last 1,200 miles of our journey to Washington D.C. will be in our 20 ft Wenonah Canoe named Sig.

On our sailboat we have the luxury of carrying some creature comforts that we can not bring with us in our canoe. Over the next week we will have to decide what we bring with us and what we leave behind. It is getting colder almost every day and we know that we will need plenty of warm clothes, but what else should we bring with us?

Let us know what you think we should carry with us in our canoe. Remember if we bring too many things, or things we don’t really need it will slow us down and make it harder for us to get to Washington D.C. However, if we leave important things behind we could also run into trouble along the way.

Send us your suggestions and let us know what you think we should bring.

Keep Exploring!



  1. Mr. Speno Grade 5
    Posted September 22, 2014 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    This list was generated through a group discussion. Good luck! From, Mr. Speno’s 5th graders

    Tent or tarp?
    Fishing poles (to catch food)
    Matches (water proof?)
    Containers (to hold water)
    Necessary cooking equipment
    Clothing (enough to stay dry and warm but not too much)
    First Aid kit and medical supplies
    Sleeping bag and pillow
    Small shovel

  2. Elizabeth Beaver
    Posted September 22, 2014 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Our class discussed the following items that they think should be taken on your trip. A camel back pack, water proof coat, sleeping bag, tent, laptop, iphone, flashlight, food, small camp stove, water proof clothing, solar panels, first aid kit, water bottle, survival kit, spork, cooking gear, camera, sunscreen, and water treatment.
    These are a few items that the class discussed that should be taken on your trip.
    Thank you for sharing your posts with us.
    Mrs. Beaver’s class

  3. Paula Curry
    Posted September 23, 2014 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    What should you bring?
    I think you need your camera so that you can post video and pictures of your adventure. Solar panels to keep your equipment charged. Some good books to read for relaxing after a hard day on the water, CHOCOLATE!!

  4. Emily H
    Posted September 23, 2014 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    This is what I think you should bring and I hiked part of the long trail this summer
    bring ,
    a sleeping bag , a tarp freeze dried food for 2 weeks and pack as light as you can

  5. Elizabeth Beaver
    Posted October 3, 2014 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Hey Dave and Amy, Our school is out on break this next week so they will not be able to keep up do date on your travels. However, I will check on your posts and keep track of your journey.
    Mrs. Beaver

  6. Elizabeth Beaver
    Posted October 3, 2014 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Dave and Amy, The students have enjoyed learning about the animals that were native to the area you are traveling in. We read a story about the beaver and the squirrel then made a beaver lodge with peanut butter and pretzel sticks. They enjoyed these lessons and they are learning about the biomes of other animals and plants.
    Keep up the good work.
    Mrs. Beaver’s class

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