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Ottawa River`s Best Secret: The Surrounding Islands Around Sand Bay

Ottawa River`s Best Secret: The Surrounding Islands Around Sand Bay

During the Y-Fest on Saturday, September 15th, 2012 our flatwater paddling group had the opportunity to explore this rarely-known portion of the Ottawa River within 100 kilometres from the city.
I  decided to lead this trip with my sea kayak, Mark Scott and Robin Bonnar with their solo canoes, Kleo Mitis and  Clayton Dignard  paddling tandem in their own canoe and finally Francois Lauzon with his wife, Tina including their two kids all in one canoe.
About a half an hour from River Run on the Quebec side we began to paddle from Sand Bay a traditional cottage community near Shawville.   The winds were still light as we began to paddle around the largest island in that area known as Boom Island, then we continued eastward by-passing other pristine islands before we decided to take our lunch break on the mainland where there were a cluster of white pines that certainly reminded me of Georgian Bay scenery of Lake Huron.
 
During our lunch break the sun was out for most of the time until we were back out on the water when the winds picked up and showery that we had to wait in a sheltered area next to one the islands until the rain stopped.  Finally it was clear paddling for the rest of the way back to the launching location at Sand Bay.
 
The reason why I selected this part of the Ottawa River for a day flatwater trip was because I still remembered when I was kid when we rented a cottage at Sand Bay that made me to understand the beautiful natural grandeur of the surrounding area.  I pointed out to my fellow paddlers when one part of the rocky shoreline used to be a complete natural setting. Now there are quite a few luxury cottages that  ruined the natural scenery setting.  It is important that preserving as much as natural shoreline of this mighty river is becoming a priority.  There must be that someday continuous growth cannot go on forever and must be an end of continuing development growth somewhere in the distant future .  If there is enough interest then obviously the remaining natural portion of this beautiful shoreline can be left alone.including many other portions of this river. With courageous effort we can accomplish this goal for anyone to enjoy the right to view continuous natural landscapes with an hour or so from major populated centres.