South Wind Gear



Responsibilities of the Coordinator

  • set the schedule & itinerary
  • register Big Canoe crew & paddlers
  • assure the Safety Plan is followed (separate document)
  • book camp sites
  • organize events with local communities & presentations in the evenings
  • ensure the canoes have the requisite safety gear
  • ensure that each canoe has paddles, pfds, camping gear, & food
  • manage the group finances & ensure the costs are shared equitably


Responsibilities of the Canoe Crew Captains / Gouvernails

  • adhere to the Safety Plan; e.g.
    • provide safety gear listed below for each canoe plus cells phones
    • ensure canoes stay with the rest of the Brigade
  • ask paddlers if any have any health concerns the captain should know about; e.g. bee sting reactions
  • know where to easily find the first aid kit during the day

 Safety Gear for Each Canoe

  • 2 bailers (a 10-20 litre bucket with a handle & lid)
  • painters / ropes for the bow & stern & rope to tie gear in
  • 2 throw ropes / floating rope 15 metres long
  • 2 spare paddles
  • compass
  • watertight flashlight
  • first aid kit
  • air horn & cell phone


Responsibilities of the Power Captains

  • bring an outdoor extension cord & power bar to charge several devices at the same time
  • provide this equipment to paddlers who wish to charge their cameras etc.
  • verify that someone will “guard” the power bar while cameras are being charged


Responsibilities of the Culinary Crew Captains

  • plan the meals, buy the food & pack the food for communal breakfasts, lunches & dinners for the group … all to be waterproofed
    • contact participants to identify any dietary or other special needs etc.
  • ensure adequate potable water
  • track the costs to be shared equitably among our group
  • provide the “kitchen” for the group
    • this includes “sourcing” components from group members
  • ensure the kitchen remains organized & is closed up appropriately after meals

Suggest rotating responsibilities for cooking meals & washing dishes.


The “Kitchen”

  • stoves & fuel (suggest a combo of coleman two burner stoves & one burner stoves)
  • pots
  • frying pan
  • coffee pot
  • utensils for cooking, including sharp knifes for chopping
  • small plastic cutting board
  • dish soap & wash pans
  • matches
  • work gloves
  • tarps & ropes in case of foul weather
  • trash bags
  • water filters & PUR for use by group members – to make drinking water potable
  • water containers to carry 2litres/paddler/half-day (not all lock stations have potable water!)
  • packs for the kitchen & the communal food & a separate pack for lunch

Responsibilities of Individuals

  • submit required paperwork (waivers & membership in the Voyageur Brigade Society)
  • share in camp chores
  • pay their share of the costs … please bring cash & / or a cheque book
  • help the Four Wind Brigades achieve its goals.

What to Bring:        

Personal Kitchenware & Beverages

  • your own plate, bowl, cup & cutlery
  • any recreational beverages of your choosing
    • Please pack wine or alcohol in Nalgene bottles for both discretionary purposes & to eliminate the risk of broken glass


Personal Gear … Don’t forget to pack your sleeping bag in a dry bag or similar

think like you are going on a bicycle trip..pack small, all bags should fit under seats.

  • Identification, Cash/credit/etc to pay for outings, restaurant meals, etc
  • Paddle: a 54 inch bent shaft paddle for those who have one or wish to purchase one OR a 54-56 inch regular paddle
  • Canadian approved personal flotation device / life jacket with a pea-less whistle (required by Transport Canada) to be worn at all times in the canoe
  • tent
  • sleeping bag & sleeping bag liner
  • thermarest / sleeping pad
  • 1-litre nalgene bottle for water ( 2-3 litres per day, more if the days are hot; you get a candy for every litre drank!))
  • sun glasses
  • spare glasses
  • sunscreen
  • bug repellent
  • camera & spare batteries
  • flashlight or head lamp (and spare batteries)
  • Personal Ouch kit:  your meds,  pain reliever,  bandaids, (Big Pharma could spnsor us!)
  • personal medications
  • TP & toiletries
  • few clothes pegs
  • 30 litre dry bag (2 is OK) for clothes and gear; a large day-pack lined with a garbage bag  or dry bag works too. Two 30-litre bags is better than one big one.
  • day pack or similar for camera, sunscreen, nalgene bottle, & rain gear … the items you want to have access to during the day.
  • your own snacks for the day

Suggested Clothing… Don’t forget to pack in dry bags or 2 good garbage bags

  • rain pants & jacket (pants optional)
  • sun hat with a wide brim
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 2 long sleeve shirts
  • 2 pair quick drying long pants (wear one; second as spare)
  • light jacket / wind breaker
  • wool sweater or fleece jacket
  • 1 pair sturdy foot wear (running shoes are fine)
  • water shoes (old running shoes are fine, but smelly)
  • 3 pair socks (wool or synthetic)
  • 2 silk or smart wool or polypro underwear (tops & bottoms)
  • wool or fleece hat / ski tuke
  •  wool or fleece gloves
  • paddling gloves (for blister prevention and sun protection; can buy at MEC)
  • towel (quick drying if possible)
  • bathing suit