New paddling event benefits Muskoka Watershed Council

By Penny Caldwell »Penny Caldwell

August 8th, 2011

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“Do you kayak?” Someone asked me this recently at the cottage and I had to answer that, well, apart from that one time paddling in circles, and another brief foray in my neighbour’s boat, I don’t actually kayak. But I‘d like to.

There seem to be more kayaks than ever around our cottage these days, so many in fact that we have to be careful not to run them down. Sitting as they do so low on the water, they’re hard to see. (Note to the two girls we came across paddling with no lights in the middle of the channel at dusk a couple of weekends ago!) Of course, that’s part of their appeal. You can glide silently into places where other boats can’t go. And you come across wildlife that would be scared off by the noise of gas-powered boats. Little wonder that paddle-power is a growing trend.

Sandy Schofield of Bracebridge has tapped into our love affair with paddling to do something good for cottage country. He has launched the Great Muskoka Paddling Experience, a new race in support of the Muskoka Watershed Council to take place on Saturday, October 8 (Thanksgiving weekend). The event starts and finishes at Bracebridge Bay and includes two races—a 20-km distance and a shorter 12-km course—plus numerous categories for both kayaks and canoes.

So if you’re feeling that it will be too cold to get in the water this October, at least you can still get on the water and have a blast with other paddlers. Note to self: It’s not too early to start practising!

 


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