Paddle In The Park Contest - There are rewards to getting "Out There"
More paddles. More rewards. More time in nature.

Find Yourself A Paddle..


So What's This All About?


On the surface, the Paddle In The Park Contest is a chance to find a hidden paddle in a park, somewhere in Ontario. But that’s just a small, incidental aspect of this summer-long event. The contest was conceived as way to re-enforce the idea that being in Nature is truly a rewarding experience – or like what we call being “Out There”. To do this, we listed at least 9 rewards then added another: a tangible representation of all those rewards in the form of a handcrafted Badger® canoe paddle and other gear and prizes.

People had a lot of fun following the contest and looking for clues, because when each paddle was found we drew a random winner for a prize package. 2013 was a huge success, with 2014 being even bigger and better with more paddles, and more paddle hiders. In 2015 we opened up the contest to even more outdoor enthusiasts by way of the Paddle Points Contest, where people uploaded camping photos for a chance to win a Nova Craft Canoe and even more gear and prizes. This year, we have even more rewarding surprises planned - all in celebration of nature. So grab your maps, your gear, and get “Out There” this summer. You will definitely be rewarded for it!

Find Yourself Some Rewards.

Hidden hand-crafted BADGER® Paddles

The Paddles

The Paddle
2016 Paddles, Paddle Prize Pack
The Paddle and Prize Pack: UPDATE: The Paddle has been found and claimed by Nicole Dubovski! Read how Nicole beat out 2 past paddle-finders...
Nova Craft Canoe Paddle
2016 Paddles, Nova Craft Paddle
UPDATE: The elusive Nova Craft Canoe Paddle has been found and claimed by Leslee Bond! However, for those of you who are wondering, the story of the untimely...
Algonquin Outfitters Paddle (Portage Queen)
2016 Paddles, Algonquin Outfitters Paddle
The Algonquin Outfitters Portage Queen Paddle and Prize Pack: Update: The AO PORTAGE QUEEN Paddle has been officially found and claimed by the Kathryn Grace Malek in Algonquin Provincial...
Happy Camper Paddle
2016 Paddles, Happy Camper Paddle
The Happy Camper Canoe Paddle: Update: The Happy Camper Paddle has been found and claimed by the Stinson Family in Bon Echo Provincial Park! Read their full...

Find Yourself In Nature.

The Rewards

The 9+1 Rewards that inspired this whole thing!


Introducing the latest Reward : Paddle Points

Back for 2016 : Paddle Points
There are a limited number of PADDLE POINTS up for grabs again this summer. To enter, just upload photos of you and your friends camping and completing tasks from our official list of various outdoor related challenges; all for your chance to win gear and prizes from our fabulous sponsors, including a brand new Prospector from Nova Craft Canoe! Also important to note: By incorporating the official PITPC hashtag “#RewardsAreOutThere” in your photos, or when you include a copy of our official PADDLE POINTS Flag image, you automatically double your points value for each verified photo!

The more photos you enter, the more PADDLE POINTS you collect; the more paddle points you collect, the better your class ranking will be; the better your class ranking is, the better the prize packs are to win! PITPC title classes include Tenderfoot, Explorer, Pathfinder, Voyageur, and the coveted 1st class titles of Wilderness Guide and Park Ranger.

We have over $7000.00 of gear and prizes to give away - so start earning your PADDLE POINTS now!


You have a passion for getting "Out There". You are willing to explore new places and spend time in ...


You have a good amount of knowledge about the backcountry and can find your way around ...


You understand what it takes to slog a canoe or a loaded pack across a portage and have taken ...

Wilderness Guide

This top class of adventurers are the scouts and leaders of our wilderness trails. You have...