A cool breeze rolls across the lake as a boat floats past the colourful autumn trees sprouting from the forest floor covered in burnt orange and red hues.
Boating in the fall offers stunning views and excellent fishing, but it is not without its challenges. The Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) and B.C. Wildlife Federation (BCWF) are reminding fall boaters that the season necessitates self-sufficiency and taking some additional precautions to keep from running into trouble.
“Spectacular colours, peaceful solitude and the crispness of the air make boating in the fall a wondrous experience,” said John Gullick, CSBC chair. “To make the most of this experience safely, however, boaters need to be extra diligent in their preparations before departing. Most important of these are checking the weather, dressing for the water temperature, wearing a lifejacket and leaving a float plan with a responsible person on shore who can call for help should the need arise.”
Boaters should also that their boat and engine are mechanically sound, CSBC said in a release. Ethanol-based fuel can allow water contamination in the tank, but the use of a fuel additive prevents water in the fuel line from freezing.
When boaters head out, they should be wary of reduced water levels that can result after a long, hot and dry summer season, and should watch for debris.
“While the fall season in B.C. continues to offer up great angling opportunities, colder temperatures and unpredictable weather mean that it is important to continue to keep safety at the top of our minds while we are out enjoying the beautiful lakes, rivers, and oceans throughout our province,” said BCWF president Harvey Andrusak.
Visit www.csbc.ca for more tips on fall boating safety.