Bad weather can turn outdoor activities into a real drag. That’s the risk we all take when we plan an adventure. This summer, Quebec is experiencing extreme temperatures, nasty rainstorms, and even floods. It’s hard to predict when a sunny day will turn into a dark and moody thunderstorm, which is why it can be so hard to schedule outdoor activities; but take comfort in the fact that in the last two years, there has only been one evacuation and one cancellation. We are also in constant contact with the Canadian Coast Guard, so we monitor both the direct local forecast and the marine environment weather forecast.
If you’re planning a Montreal rafting trip this summer, here’s what you can expect from Club Raft in a case of bad weather:
Guess what? Even if there isn’t a cloud in the sky, you’re going to get wet. So if you’re expecting to step off the raft feeling dry, you might want to ask yourself if you really know what you’re getting into. Unlike jogging, biking, and hiking, whitewater rafting in Verdun and elsewhere is one of the few outdoor activities that isn’t affected by rain. If the forecast looks a little bleak before your rafting adventure, make sure to dress appropriately. Wearing a baseball hat underneath your helmet will help divert water from your eyes. Wearing a bathing suit under your clothes is always recommended.
Adventure rafting in Montreal and its outskirts is a thrilling experience. When you’re out on the water, the wind is naturally stronger. High winds make rafting in Lasalle and the rest of Montreal fun and challenging. But if the wind becomes too strong, it can create dangerous conditions that might be unsafe for rafters. We want you to have fun, but not that kind of fun. Club Raft will monitor the winds and decide if it’s too risky to head out onto the water. Only winds in excess of 30 km/h will result in a trip cancellation. Safety is our main priority. Please review our bad weather policy if your rafting adventure has been postponed or cancelled.
Thunder and Lightning
Montreal is known for humid summers that give way to frequent thunderstorms. While we might enjoy watching a lightning show from the comfort and safety of our homes, getting a front-row seat on the water is not ideal. We monitor the forecast closely leading up to your departure time. If we feel that it is safe to go on the water, we will proceed. In the unlikely event that you are on the raft when a lightning storm starts, your guide will promptly direct you to the nearest bank until it is safe to return to the water. If hail is forecasted or there is a severe weather warning, the trip will be delayed by 30 minutes, or until that storm passes.
In Good Weather
Even bright and sunny days can present some health and safety concerns for all adventure rafters. While on the water, the sun can burn your skin in a matter of minutes. Taking precautions to protect yourself in all weather conditions is a sign of a responsible rafter. Be sure to wear plenty of waterproof broad-spectrum sunscreen and SPF sunglasses that won’t fly off your head at the first wave.
Don’t Let Bad Weather Stop You
The issue with weather forecasts is that the measurements are often taken at the airport or inland, so the forecasts are often “falsified” when they are interpreted for marine environments. So far this year, heavy rains have been the main bad weather culprit, but don’t let a little precipitation get in your way of your summer rafting adventure. All rafting companies in Montreal have different bad weather policies. Our policy prioritizes safety and fairness.
If you have any questions at all about our weather policies, please contact Club Raft.