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As you may know, summer is not very long in the province of Québec. You may also know there are lots of rivers up there. Some of them are at the same time easy to paddle (to a certain degree) and very secluded. So... for us ladies, it can be tempting to see in it a good opportunity to take a perfect suntan... Exactly what three lady friends of mine were doing on a perfect June day, going down the Bonaventure River in their birthday suits in their green canoe.

The trip is normally made in five days, without seeing a house (except in the last half-day) but it's always nice to "feel free". The water was calm and the current steady... praying mantises were mating all around... The perfect vacation afternoon!


Four men who did not intend to have many surprises on a river that was reputed to be of no surprise had an endeavour of their lives! A bad manoeuvre sent one of the canoes smooth side-up and the guys in the other canoe worked to rescue them and their camping gear. When my lady friends became aware of the situation, they of course went to help, not thinking of the way they were "dressed"...after all, safety is paramount!.

I don’t know exactly how it all finished, but everyone survived and let me tell you, the guys were very happy about their "rescue team".

It has stayed as a legend in my canoe club for years!

Submitted by Brigitte Allard

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