Voyageur Canoe Trip Hinckley and Wallace Lakes in the Cleveland Metroparks; 440-248-2326.
You know the routine: A few words of advice about paddling mechanics and how to fasten a lifejacket, then it's a quick spin and back to the dock for the next load. But what happens if you throw an ax-wielding French Canadian into the mix? Why, you get jaunty songs, bad jokes, and trivia about the 19th-century fur trade to entertain you along the way, not to mention idle threats to paddlers who can't keep up. Besides, where else can you help steer a 34-foot canoe?