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Hartley Bay Paddling Separation Anxiety

Feeling sad? You might have paddling separation anxiety!

Paddling Separation AnxietyAs the cold winter is getting its icy grip into Canada, paddlers and boaters are feeling sad (as well as Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)). They are missing the solitude of paddling the wide open waters of the French River and Georgian Bay and the beautiful surrounds. It's understandable, as there's no place on earth quite so tranquil and spectacular...

Paddling Separation Anxiety (PSA) is a serious psychiatric condition that affects many paddlers. It can be contracted anywhere, but after they've been to Hartley Bay Marina, they are guaranteed to be afflicted during winter. The condition is acute and curable only by regular paddling trips to Hartley Bay Marina.

Symptoms of Paddling Separation Anxiety typically start at the close of summer paddling season, and include a severe state of impatience, alternated by anticipation, hope and agitation. The symptoms typically dissipate once summer rolls around.

A complex set of aberrant behaviours are associated with Paddling Separation Anxiety, and can be highly annoying and inexplicable to non-paddlers.

Photo to the right: C/O one of our favorite paddlers Jordan Swec - western outlet trip in August 2017.

Obsessive Paddling Separation Anxiety Behaviours

·         Checking up on your paddling gear every week or so, just to make sure it is still alright... And talking to your kayak about all the fun you two will have when paddling season opens up again.

·         Imagining that you heard your kayak respond that it is ready to go.

·         Dreaming about paddling at night... and during the day and zoning out during other horizontal fitness activities with your loved one.

·         Looking longingly at photos you took during last season's paddling trips and posting them on social media so that your friends can validate your condition.

·         Finding excuses to visit your favourite paddling shop (if it’s still open even, or maybe you showed up and it’s closed), just so that you can have someone non-judgmental to talk to about your affliction.

·         Irritating your non-paddling friends with constant talking about paddling or sharing paddling updates on Social Media.

·         Noticing that your summer calendar is already full of paddling trips.

·         Secretly stashing away cash to fund your trips and paddling gear.

·         Brown-nosing your partner to do more paddling trips in summer, even on that weekend when her/his best friend is getting married.

·         Checking Facebook obsessively and talking to other people who are also suffering from Paddling Separation Anxiety.

·         Counting the days to summer so that you can go paddling.

·         Ice fishing and pretending that your clothes are soaked because you fell into the lake (really you did a polar bear dip) - even if that means risking hypothermia.

·         Ignoring friends who say you should see a shrink about your paddling obsession.

·         Agreeing to see a shrink, provided he or she is also an avid paddler.

·         Obsessing over the weather reports, hoping that global warming will bring summer earlier this year.

·         Nodding in agreement as you're reading through this list and mentally adding everything your spouse said, starting with "You're obsessed with paddling, because..."

If you answered yes to 5 or more behaviours on this list, you may be suffering from PSA. If you agreed with most items on the list, you need to share this post to help spread awareness of the condition and support you in accessing the cure as soon as Hartley Bay Marina re-opens.

Paddling and Boaters

Paddling and Boating Etiquette

Paddling and BoatersFew things beat paddling around the French River with its magnificent scenery and it is a relaxing experience unlike any - provided everyone follows the unwritten river etiquette rules everyone is happy on our crowded waterways.. As with everything in life, a little bit of respect goes a long way to keeping the peace and ensuring a smooth flow of traffic.  For the safety and enjoyment of everyone using the river, it is important to keep in mind courtesy and guidelines outlined on this page. 

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Bug Smarts – What to know before you Go…

 Mosquitoes and other biting insects on the French River 

Hartley Bay Marina welcomes you and so do the insects

Not only are there s’moores campfires, but there are also biting insects! This fall the insects especially mosquitoes are still out there due to a very rainy season...

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Emergency Bailout Dry Bag

How to Pack an Emergency / Bailout Dry Bag for Your French River Kayaking

How to Pack an Emergency / Bailout Dry Bag for Your French River Kayaking Trip 

Few things rejuvenate body, mind, and soul quite like French River kayaking... It provides the perfect opportunity to  the open waters of this kayaker's paradise, which leads to Georgian Bay with its easily navigable waters. With very little vegetation and soil along the coastline, paddlers get to enjoy the spectacular views or pristine blue waters, gnarled trees, windswept islands and the thousands of small granite islands. More experienced paddlers steer out towards the less sheltered channels and open crossings leading to open bays and distant islands.

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Kids Camping on The French River

kids camping

We welcome kids of all ages


Parents across Canada are looking for ways to tear their children away from the screens and encourage them to engage in real life and there's no better way to do it than taking your kids camping on the French River via Hartley Bay Marina.

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Girl Power: What I’ve Learned From Camping Without a Man

Solo Camping by Nature...

I love nature. I just can’t get enough. While many women would not imagine heading into the wild without a man, I sometimes just NEED to get out and I usually can’t find anyone that can go when I can go. But also I’ve observed that we are stuck in a culture where women are working hard, and often feel unable to do stuff on our own.

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9 Expert Tips for Camping in the Fall

9 Expert Tips for Camping in the Fall

Winter is fast approaching, and with that, the annual closing of Hartley Bay Marina, on October 31st. That leaves you with a small window of opportunity to enjoy a few more days and nights of camping in the French River Provincial Park.

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Northern Ontario Pickerel (Walleye) & Pike Fishing Tips

pickerel fishing

Spring is open season for Pickerel and Pike and Victoria Day weekend saw some fantastic catches. Known for its excellent fresh water pickerel (walleye), bass, pike, muskie and crappie fishing, the French River is also famed as Canada’s first Heritage waterway and its canoe routes and historic shorelines became the French River Provincial Park in 1989.

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Checklist: Summer Camping Trip Packing Essentials

Summer Camping Trip Packing Essentials

Here at Hartley Bay Marina, we have welcomed campers for years, and we've seen what makes for a successful camp, and what doesn't. Every seasoned camper has his or her own preferences of what they need on a camping trip, but it takes quite a few trips to really find the right balance. You can only bring so much in your pack, and you want to include items that enhance your trip, rather than weigh you down.

aIn this article, we're going to cover some of the essentials. Note: this is not a be all and end all list. Just some things we notice people often forgetting over the years when they arrive at our shop.

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