Bridget Wright Development Director at Save The River · 5 min read Save The River. .  .  . It’s a critical mission, one that this grassroots organization has been tirelessly committed to since 1978. Through advocacy, education, and hands-on initiatives, Save The River seeks to protect this invaluable resource — and ensure future generations can live, work, and play on the St. Lawrence. St. Lawrence River preservation is a team effort. What can you do? Prevent the spread of invasive species. Clean your boat, especially if you are taking it in and out of different waterways. Wash, drain, and dry before you move on to your next adventure. Watch your fuel. When you are filling up, avoid spills and clean up properly. Also, consider what types of chemicals you use; many are toxic to the river. Know where you’re going. A good navigation aid can help you avoid running aground...
Margaret HummelOutreach Coordinator at Save The River· 5 min readIt’s easy to imagine the mighty St. Lawrence flowing....  .  .— unchanged but for seasons and storms — through the landscape and, most certainly through our memories. Although such an integral part of many lives and communities, many still take the river for granted. But the St. Lawrence is under attack.Save The River — From What?While many people believe the St. Lawrence is clean and stable — especially compared to the murky Mississippi and nitrate-filled Ohio — our river was named to America’s Most Endangered Rivers list in 2017.According to Save The River, the region’s leading grassroots environmental advocacy organization, the biggest dangers are:Invasive Species. More than 168 invasive species have been discovered in the St. Lawrence, and these interlopers have a significant effect on the ecosystem. Cattails, for example, overtake native species, clog the shoreline, and make spawning grounds inaccessible. Increasing...
Adam AlloreFounder/CEO of Wavve Boating, lifelong River Rat· 5 min readSome sections of the St. Lawrence River are smooth sailing....  .  .But if you’re looking for a challenge, you’ll find it navigating the 1000 Islands - the narrow stretch of river between northern New York State and southeastern Ontario.  This notoriously difficult area shows off the River’s wild side. You can’t tame nature — but you can learn a few of its tricks to stay safe and enjoy a great time on the water. Rough Waters AheadYou’ve heard tales of dangerous shoals, unexpected outcroppings, and elevation changes that’ll  ruin your day (and, possibly, your boat). The 1000 Islands has ‘em all — and plenty of buzzing boat traffic to make the yarns that much more exciting. Sheltered areas lull you into a sense of calm. But once you venture into the open water, unpredictability takes over. Unless you have the...
Kayla Napier Director of Marketing at Wavve Boating, Deckhand · 5 min readThere’s nowhere else like it — and nowhere else its people would rather be..  .  .The St. Lawrence River lures with a siren song that is impossible to resist. So we don’t. We embrace its beauty, its unpredictability, its quiet moments, its adventure and its possibility. It’s a River Rat thing.Life on the RiverIt’s not for everyone. The current is swift, the climate often harsh. But for those who live along the shorelines of the St. Lawrence, from southern Ontario to Quebec to northern New York, the landscape isn’t a background to life: it is life. We’ve learned not to live with the challenges — but to love them.Well-adjusted to the demands of our native or adopted home, the folks of the St. Lawrence communities fashion a life of work and play along the banks. We navigate the...
Adam AlloreFounder/CEO of Wavve Boating, lifelong River Rat· 5 min readOur drive to explore oceans, lakes, and rivers is as old as time. .  .  .We thirst (oh, yes, pun intended) for the water. But that doesn’t mean we have to rely on ancient tools to navigate safely and efficiently. Sail into the 21st century with the best boating apps.US Coast Guard Mobile AppSafety is always priority #1; the Coast Guard has your back with the latest regulations, equipment checklist, current weather reports, Emergency Assistance button, and the option to request a free safety check for your boat. You can also file a float plan to leave with a trusted buddy; if you don’t return or check in as planned, they can take this to the Coast Guard for help. The app also features call options so you can report hazards, pollution, and suspicious activities. Keep your boating community in the...
Adam AlloreFounder/CEO of Wavve Boating, lifelong River Rat· 5 min readImage shows the amazing St Lawrence Barge Yachts. Take a tour here.The open water and an adventurous spirit are always on-trend..  .  .What else is hot in the boating world this year? It’s no surprise 2018’s top boating trends mirror many of those we see in other aspects of our lives. Mobile ManiaNeed to check in with friends and family? Connect with coworkers? Order tickets? Find a ride or your way through unfamiliar streets? Mobile’s the anytime, (virtually) anywhere answer. Even on the water.Today’s boaters, from those who were born with sea legs to landlubbers newly-converted, use their devices to navigate, find fish (or the restaurants that serve the best fish!), book slips, rent or buy vessels, and much more. Best, they don’t have to invest in bulky, budget-busting multifunctional displays to do it. .  .  .Social at Sea (and...
Kayla NapierDirector of Marketing at Wavve Boating, Deckhand· 5 min readAfter a long winter, everyone needs a dose of sunshine, warmth, and outdoor endorphins. .  .  .These St. Lawrence River events are just what the doctor ordered.1. Kingston 100 Islands Poker RunWhere: Confederation Basin Marina, Kingston, ONWhen: Friday August 17 - Saturday August 18Cost: Free to spectate or check out the Charity Ride of a Lifetime $200 For the: Adrenaline JunkyKingston loves speed: Power boats from across the continent will zip to five stops throughout the 1000 Islands. At 80mph, the competition is intense as “players” race to collect their cards and get the best hand. If you don’t have a poker face, you can watch from the spectator fleet or at card stops. After the race, enjoy a downtown street party, exhibits, live music, and incredible scenery in Kingston. .  .  .2. Gananoque 1000 Islands Rib FestWhere: Gananoque Town Hall ParkWhen: Friday June...
Adam AlloreFounder/CEO of Wavve Boating, lifelong River Rat· 5 min readMake it your mission to explore the St. Lawrence's most appealing attractions..  .  .With over 800 miles of mighty river to work with, you’ll find the perfect way to spend your days.1. Boldt CastleA castle with a story as epic as its imposing gothic touches. George C. Boldt tapped top architects and hundreds of laborers to build a dream home for his beloved wife. When she died shortly before the castle was completed, the devastated George left, never to return.See it in its full glory. Restored — but not re-finished so you’re easily transported back to 1900 — you can “ohh and aww” your way through 129 rooms and ramble over the five-acre grounds.Accessible exclusively by boat, bring your navigational aids and your imagination.Where: Heart Island, Alexandria Bay, NY.When: May 12 through October 21How Much? Adults US$9.50; Children (5 -...
A new app from Kingston-based start-up Wavve Boating takes a modern spin on nautical charts Wavve Boating Inc., a Kingston-based start-up striving to bring the boating industry into the present with simple, intuitive, and community-oriented solutions has launched its first mobile app in the Apple Store. The app offers three key features - customized charts, easy-to-use navigation, and community-generated map pins. These features contribute to boaters experiencing more enjoyment and less stress while out on the open water. With government chart data available for all major bodies of water across Canada and the United States, the Wavve app represents a marked shift from treating - and selling - sections of waterways as individual parcels. “Despite the fact that technology now enables data to be spliced, manipulated and filtered, the digital experience offered through apps such as Navionics and BlueChart is entirely representative of the paper versions that have existed for...