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I used to see that recommended a lot in outdoor magazines. Guess it's too "primitive" for today's nimrods.
I'll take a tarp!
Now stretch a tarp over the whole thing, using the canoe as a structural member. Voila! A pretty much windproof and waterproof shelter, and nice and warm, especially if you make a good fire.
If the wind comes the wrong way... a tarp would fix that!
My guess is he got booted from the first rate accommodations!