How to stay safe paddling Ottawa's rivers this spring - Ottawa - CBC News

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By Wabaubgeshig Rice, CBC News Ottawa, April 24, 2017

If you're thinking of canoeing around Ottawa this spring, you should always beware of potentially cold and dangerous water conditions and make sure you have the gear and skills required for river paddling, according to safety experts.

An Ottawa runner rescued two men from the frigid and swift waters of the Ottawa River Sunday after their canoe tipped. Neither man was wearing a life-jacket, according to the man who saved them.

While they all made it out safe, the incident presents a good opportunity to remind canoeists about the potential dangers of spring paddling, says Cameron Taylor of BOATsmart Canada.