Ready to recharge your batteries? The Peace River is known for its slow-moving current and peaceful surroundings. If you’re ready for a serene outdoor activity, try canoeing for a versatile water sport that is a great way to spend quality time with friends and family while exploring nature. 

Pack and Prep for Paddling Success 

Ensure your trip is fun, safe, and comfortable with these essentials: 

  • Appropriate clothing. Check your local weather and dress accordingly. Quick-dry clothing, long-sleeve SPF shirts, hats, and sunglasses are necessary! Non-slip, waterproof shoes or sandals protect your feet from the river bottom.
  • Sunscreen. If you plan to be on the water for several hours, sun protection is crucial. Apply SPF before your trip and bring it with you to reapply later.
  • Snacks and water. Pack small high-energy snacks and several bottles of water for a boost throughout your day. 
  • Waterproof Bags. Don’t take the chance of losing your essentials to the river! Pack your phone, keys, wallet, and snacks in a waterproof bag. 

Health Benefits of a Canoeing

Besides being a fun and enjoyable activity, canoeing has numerous health and physical benefits.

Paddling gets your heart pumping and burns calories. Canoeing is a form of cardiac exercise that is optimal for strengthening your heart. It can also burn up to 500 calories per hour! 

Tone while you paddle! As you paddle, your upper body and core work together to propel you through the water. These movements build tone and strength throughout your shoulders, chest, and back! Naturally, your core also becomes stronger through these movements and plays a crucial role in helping you stay centered and balanced on the water.

Paddling makes you happy! Serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins are released as you move, putting you in a better mood and elevating your confidence. Release those feel-good chemicals on your next canoe trip!

Experience a one-of-a-kind canoe trip on the Peace River when you join Peace River Charters for a guided tour. All equipment and protective gear are provided. We’re located in DeSoto County, just a short drive from Sarasota, Venice, North Port, and Myakka City. Reserve your tour today!