A Couples’ Getaway: Canoe Together [Video]
You don’t need to travel to exotic destinations to enjoy paddling together. There are therapeutic waters waiting for you right in your backyard…
Life can be busy, stressful and sometimes overwhelming.
Our solution? Take time for yourself and your significant other to get away. Paddle together. Enjoy being on the water together. Take a deep breath and enjoy the fresh air. Soak in the natural beauty around you.
Couples Who Play Together Stay Together—It’s True!
Did you know that “playing together” strengthens your relationship? This ABC News article highlights research from the University of Denver that found couples having fun together isn’t frivolous. It’s an important investment in bonding the relationship and in long-term happiness as a couple.
Let’s add to that the well-documented physical, mental and emotional benefits of both physical activity and being in nature. The combination, then, of canoeing or kayaking together is a win-win-win!
Find a Local Water Trail You Both Love
The couple in the above video are canoeing on Mud Turtle Lake in Whiteshell Provincial Park (Manitoba, Canada). That’s their local water.
What’s in your own backyard? Is there a river or lake you particularly love that’s easy to get to? If you need ideas, the American Canoe Association has a database of water trails you can search. Currently, it only lists water trails in the US, though—sorry, Canadians!
There’s a Locations page on paddling.com, too, that covers more territory. This is a crowd-sourced resource, so you can get ideas from others as well as add your favorite spots yourself.
Make It Easy and Convenient
You’re more likely to get out there and paddle when it’s both easy and convenient. Keep your boats and gear (especially paddles and PFDs) easily accessible and ready to go so you don’t have to spend hours searching through closets and sheds.
Like the couple in the video, bring along a camp stove and goodies so you can picnic along the way.
Canoeing and kayaking is a fabulous way to spend time together as a couple. By adding it to your calendar during your paddling season, you’re investing in your relationship in a way that’ll bring lasting benefits.
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