Originally Posted by 7bars
You've obviously never been camping anywhere a hard rain can suddenly make 3-4 inches of water collect on the ground...
Yah, what Jake said.
I've spent many a night in tents directly on the shores of the Gulf of St. Lawrence while fierce nor'easters were blowing in all their glory. Not only is the rain torrential, but the gale force winds and pelting salt spray from the breakers on the shore tend to shred run of the mill tents. I always lay big rocks on top of the tent pegs to make sure they stay put and spend a lot of time making sure my tent is taut so it doesn't take on water.
I've also done a lot of rough camping in the bush up here with and without tents, and there is always a spot where the water runs off.
If worst came to worst, I rig a tarp and sleep in the bottom of the canoe