Canadians love their lakes. With over 50% of the world’s natural lakes residing in Canada, they have every reason to. Without its lakes, Canada would actually be smaller in area than the USA!
This article looks at 8 of Canada’s largest marinas, situated on 6 different lakes.
8. Kelowna Yacht Club
With around 1000 slips advertised for rent on their website, Kelowna Yacht Club sits on approximately 24 acres, making it one of the most compact large marinas in Canada. This marina offers an enormous and likely one of the nicest yacht clubs in British Columbia and has been around for over 70 years.
7. Krate’s Marina
Located in Keswick, Ontario, Krate’s Marina holds over 500 slips and encompasses 32 acres. Krate’s Marina is on the southern shore of Lake Simcoe, about an hour’s drive from the heart of Toronto via the ON-404 highway. They offer a parts and service department and also recently added a boat rental program to their marina.
6. Outer Harbour Marina
Located 10 minutes from the downtown core of Toronto and just minutes away from Billy Bishop Airport, Outer Harbour Marina is our most urban marina and thanks to the nearby airport, one of the most accessible. Outer Harbour Marina is on Lake Ontario and contains over 600 slips which cover about 33 acres. With prices starting at $104 per foot, a standard 30 foot boat can expect to pay over $3100 plus tax, per season.
5. Bridgeview Yachting Centre
Located across the border, just a couple thousand feet away from the USA, Sarnia is home to the Bridgeview Yachting Centre. This marina estimated they offer over 750 slips and sit on at least 35 acres. Some of Bridgeview’s unique amenities are an outdoor pool, dockside barbecues and air-conditioned washrooms. They are located on the south edge of Lake Huron.
4. Friday Harbour
Unlike the majority of our list, Friday Harbour on Lake Simcoe is a year-round $1.5 billion resort project offering everything from a golf course to multi-million dollar condos and a whopping 2000 slip marina, making it the largest capacity marina in Canada. Although 2000 slips is larger than any other marina on our list, CTV News claimed the marina itself only sits on 40 acres of the 600 acre resort. The amount of non-boater activities available makes Friday Harbour one of the best non-boater destinations on our list.
Up in Georgian Bay, Bay Port Yachting Centre posts a capacity of over 700 slips. Over the phone their friendly staff reported a very modest 5 acres, but after using Google Maps satellite imaging, we saw they were over 45 acres, making them not only a top 3 contender, but probably the most modest marina on the list. Like Friday Harbour, Bay Port is also owned by a conglomerate — Parkbridge is Canada’s largest owner and operator of residential land lease communities and resorts.
2. Wye Heritage Marina
Coming in second place, Wye Heritage Marina claims to be the largest freshwater marina in Canada on their website, however didn’t measure up under our investigation. They claim to have 800 slips, which puts them below 2 marinas on our list in that category. Over the phone they said they sit on about 100 acres but after doing a survey on Google Maps satellite images, we estimate their size to be around 70 acres. Wye Heritage is also owned by Parkbridge and is located in Midland, Ontario on beautiful Georgian Bay.
1. MacDonald Turkey Point Marina
Topping off our list, MacDonald Turkey Point Marina offers approximately 750 seasonal slips on a massive 78 acre property located on the north shore of Lake Erie. Unlike the other marinas in the list, this giant also allows cottage owners to rent access to its waterways for those cottages that back onto the marina channels. If you factor in the cottage owners, the acreage climbs to approximately 110 acres, putting it above the other marinas on our list, in both scenarios. The marina offers a 12 nozzle fuel dock, boat maintenance, a restaurant, Sea-Doo rentals and a used boat dealership.
Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.
Why is it important to train up our core strength?
There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.
This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.
Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.
In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.
One Exercise, multiple benefits
There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.
By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.
When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.
Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.
In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.
What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.
What will happen when you start doing planks every day
1. You’ll improve core definition and performance:
Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominus, the external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:
Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.
2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column
Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.
Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.
3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism
Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).
4. You’ll significantly improve your posture
Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .
A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.
A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.
On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.
5. You’ll improve overall balance
Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!- but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.
6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before
Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shoulders, shoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.
7. You’ll witness mental benefits
Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.
How to hold a plank position
Get into pushup position on the floor.
Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
Hold the position for as long as you can.
Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.
Watch the video if you have any doubt!
Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:
How to improve your plank time gradually
Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.
Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.
Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?
You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:
After prolapse surgery
Pelvic pain conditions
Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.