PACKING the CANOE
There are two schools of thought out there on how to pack a canoe.
1. Tether the packs, etc. so that in a dump, the packs stay "leashed" to the canoe, but float free.
2. Tie everything in tight so that the packs stay inside the canoe.My preference is the latter. (#2)
If you dump, the packs give extra bouyancy to the canoe. As well, if you end up in the water, you don't want to have to be concerned about getting snagged by tethers or that the tethers will snag on rocks, sweepers, etc., messing up the recovery.
CAMPSITE SET UP
If the campsite/firepit looks well used, it is probably a good one.
Check for bear scat & garbage.
When you arrange your tent(s) & tarp, and kitchen area, keep in mind the wind and drainage.
Make sure that you have figured out where to hang your food & garbage before it gets dark.
Establish, with group members, where you are going to dump wash water. As well, where they are going to bathe so that they have some privacy.
If you intend on using the firepit, check the wind direction so that the tent area is upwind of the firepit.
Put the fire out before going to bed.
Always pull canoe(s) onshore, turn over and tie to a tree or a substantial rock.
Look for a "Thunderbox". If there isn't one, organize with group members where the "latrine area" is going to be.This should be well away from the water.