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Get ready for summer with these awesome water toys and products

Be the envy of everyone on the lake!
June 27, 2022 11:54 a.m. EST
June 27, 2022 11:54 a.m. EST

Summer is upon us and it’s time to start planning what you’ll be doing while on the water up at the cottage, at the beach or by the pool. Outdoor expert Owen Reeves shares a plethora of amazing water toys to enjoy all summer long. Shop all the products from brands like MEC, Float-eh and Surf Ontario (ps. watch the video clip to get a personal canoe lesson from Owen himself!).

Stand up Paddleboard

This paddleboard is great for beginners because it doesn’t require as much balance compared to surfing and wind sports. It’s also inflatable so it’s easy to transport, plus it comes with a travel backpack, a carbon fibreglass paddle, a pump and a leash.

SHOP: Atoll Stand-Up Paddleboard Package; $1099 at Surf Ontario



This raft inflates in just three minutes, so it’s great for a spur-of-the-moment paddle or kayaking trip. The tough PVC material makes it durable but it’s lightweight and packs down to a size of a sleeping bag. It includes a pump, compression strap set, an inflatable seat and a repair kit.

SHOP: Kokopelli XPD Packraft; $1159.95 at MEC

Dry Duffle

This duffle holds all your gear for minimalist overnights or day trips in unpredictable weather. The upper flap unzips to reveal a wide roll-top closure that can be sealed to keep water out, or strapped out of the way for use as a conventional duffle.

SHOP: Scully 30 Dry Duffle; $111.95 at MEC

Life Jacket

This well-made lifejacket is designed for comfort. The front zipper pocket features a key keeper and the reflective piping is great for nighttime for better visibility.

SHOP: Sport PFD; $129.95 at MEC


If water sports are not your thing and you prefer to float around, these Canadian-themed inflatables are a great conversation starter on the lake.

SHOP: Canadian Floats; $60-85 at Float-Eh

Swim Wear

No matter what you’re doing on the water, sun protection is key. Water reflects the sun so places you may not think of (like your underarms and chin) are exposed. Wearing a UV shirt keeps these areas covered, which is especially important for kids. MEC offers shirts, kid's overalls and hats that are breathable and protect against up to 50+ UPF.

SHOP: UV Adult Swim Shirt; $55-70 at MEC | UV Kids Overalls; $60 at MEC | Kids Play Hat; $37.95 at MEC

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