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And now finally, our Company Factor Prize Package winner of 2017! Paddles up and congratulations to @Kay_Es56 (Katherine Siren)! Having  33 task photos completed, with a total of 1135 Paddle Points, Katherine was just promoted from Voyageur status to Company Factor. And not only is Katherine now the Company Factor Grand Prize Package winner but she was …

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Here is our dedicated Trip Leader – Wilderness Guide Prize Package winner of 2017!Paddles up and congratulations to @Sue_Squared (Susan Sheppard! While Susan managed to complete the entire 2017 task list, what really put her over the top was when she found one of the elusive Buttrum privies for full bonus points, bringing her to a …

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This great smile belongs to our Wilderness Guide Prize Package winner of 2017! Paddles up and congratulations to @Asmid (Alexis Smid)! Alexis submitted a total of 62 task photos ending the season with 2140 Paddle Points…. and she totally won over us contest organizers with her beautiful smile and fabulous sense of adventure and fun. Really …

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Our Voyageur Prize Package winner of 2017! Paddles up and congratulations to @karior (Julian Andean)! Julian submitted 31 PITPC adventure photos for a total of 1010 Paddle Points! And he’s not new to the Paddle In The Park, either, having taken the Top Of Class title last year. Clearly, Julian loves spending time in nature …

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And now…. our Pathfinder Prize Package winner of 2017! Paddles up and congratulations to @Betula (Jessica Brenner)! See the winners’ announcement schedule plus everything that Jessica has won below. Paddle Points Winner Announcement Schedule: Friday, November 3rd (evening) announcement: Tenderfoot Winner Saturday, November 4th announcement: Explorer Winner Today’s announcement: Pathfinder Winner Monday, November 6th announcement: Voyageur Prize …

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And now…. our Explorer Prize Package winner of 2017! Paddles up and congratulations to @Naomi_canoes (Naomi Horst)! See the winners’ announcement schedule plus everything that Naomi has won below. Paddle Points Winner Announcement Schedule: Friday, November 3rd (evening) announcement: Tenderfoot Winner Today’s announcement: Explorer Winner Sunday, November 5th announcement: Pathfinder Prize Package Monday, November 6th announcement: Voyageur Prize …

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As you know, we’ve been doing things a little differently with the prizes this season and the same goes for announcing this year’s winners. Usually, we do it all as just one big announcement but this season we are going to be presenting the Paddle Points winners individually, once a day, starting with our Tenderfoot …

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And so without further ado, we are delighted to present our the Tenderfoot winner of 2017! Paddles up and congratulations to @LindaSvar (Linda Svarovsky)! See the winners’ announcement schedule plus everything that Linda has won below. Paddle Points Winner Announcement Schedule: Today’s announcement: Tenderfoot Winner Saturday, November 4th announcement: Explorer Prize Package Sunday, November 5th announcement: Pathfinder Prize …

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Back in 2012, we bought a beautiful new canoe. The day we picked it up, I noticed a little display of paddles set up alongside all the shiny canoes. Those paddles called out to me…. They were Orange! Teal! Purple! I’d never seen paddles like these, and all of those colours mixed in with beautiful …

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It’s always a bit bittersweet when the last paddle is found and claimed, but found and claimed it was! So paddles up and a special congratulations to Jeffrey Beer! Jeffrey deciphered the clues and solved the perplexing mystery of the AO Tom Thomson paddle of 2017. You may also remember Jeffrey won a t-shirt this …

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Did you know that it only takes ONE PHOTO to be entered for our GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE consisting of a brand new Prospector from Nova Craft Canoe and a made to order custom Badger paddle too?! It’s true! And really easy to do! HOW TO ENTER: Step 1.) Take a photo of your favourite place …

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A big paddles up and congratulations to Jennifer Siren for finding and claiming one of the more difficult hidden paddles to find; the Portageur.ca (with The Canadian Outdoor Equipment) Paddle on the French River! Jennifer is not new to the PITPC or paddle-seeking as it turns out, but she is definitely new to the whole paddle-finding …

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Algonquin Outfitters Tom Thomson Paddle CLUE #3 Lost for good, never to be found? This Badger just may Dog you until you find it, as it’s there, just on the way.   .

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Unfortunately our Facebook Live shopping trip to Algonquin Outfitters we had planned was cancelled. We’re super bummed about that (Sorry!), but fear not as we have still have a solution to the AO shopping spree that never ended up happening. (I still blame the spider.) We thought the next best thing would be to have …

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Once again we can say paddles up and a big congratulations to Bill Spitzig for finding and claiming the Nova Craft/London’s Paddle Shop paddle! We’ll let Bill tell you his story, but continue reading below about the fun coincidence how Kevin Callan‘s books lead both to this paddle’s hiding spot AND how it got found: I …

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Paddles up and a big congratulations to Ashley (and Matt and ???) Tamlin for finding and claiming the Happy Camper/Canadian Canoe Museum paddle! Technically the official claim goes to Ashley but seeing she had a couple of pretty important people along with her, we thought we’d better mention them too. 😉 Read Ashley’s story of …

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Algonquin Outfitters Tom Thomson Paddle CLUE #2 Upon one path that leads to three, and not far from where they meet, Dressed in black and bound the same, in a location quite discreet.   .

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A special paddles up and congrats to Cory Seaman! Why a special congrats and paddles up to the official finder of the KO A.Y. Jackson paddle? Because there is quite a a bit of history here between Cory and the PITPC and, well…. why don’t we just let Cory tell it… For those who don’t know …

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Portageur.ca (Canadian Outdoor Equipment Co.) Paddle CLUE #4 When you find where this Badger may possibly lurk, We’re sure you’ll agree that this Donna’s a jerk.

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 The Nova Craft Canoe (London’s Paddle Shop) Clue #3 With the correct Kevin Callan book pick, Just read between the lines and the music.

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Algonquin Outfitters Tom Thomson Paddle CLUE #1 While not where he met his untimely end, and not near where he lays, But amongst the rivers and the lakes, where he may have spent his days. .  

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100 years ago, on July 8th, we lost one of Canada’s most influential artists whose works contributed greatly not only to Canadian art, but also to the identity of Canada and its wild places. And on that day, he, in turn, lost a paddle. By Franklin Carmichael – This image is available from Library and …

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Killarney Outfitters A.Y. Jackson Paddle CLUE #2 Between one and the other, they’re quadruply named. Make sense of this mere task and it’s yours to be claimed. .  

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Portageur.ca (Canadian Outdoor Equipment Co.) Paddle CLUE #3 Don’t be fooled that this insular Badger (of four and three quarter footage) Is one in the same as (not including the height) Two hundred, fifty-three thousand, four hundred and forty As measured in inches – because it’s close, yet not quite.

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 The Nova Craft Canoe (London’s Paddle Shop) Clue #2 PITPC LIVE, FROM "OUT THERE" Posted by Paddle In The Park Contest on Saturday, August 26, 2017   It’s the longest clue ever, in the history of the contest, We’re not sure where he gets so much air. And it’s the first clue we’ve done from …

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The Happy Camper (Canadian Canoe Museum) Paddle Clue #4 While you’re wondering where this hidden canoe paddle may lie; Remember, no Badger’s an Island, but one’s kind of close by.

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Killarney Outfitters A.Y. Jackson Paddle CLUE #1 While seeking this Badger you may come upon loon, bear, or moose. Yet to find this paddle you must search out white rope and a red spruce.  

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Celebrating History One Paddle At A Time This season, for our 5th year anniversary of the Paddle In The Park Contest, which also happened to coincide with Canada’s sesquicentennial, we decided to make it a celebration of history with a focus on the past contest events and the voyageurs who crossed Ontario and Canada by …

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Portageur.ca (Canadian Outdoor Equipment Co.) Paddle CLUE #2 In from the Bay, past the trio of traverses and where the pine’s ne’er wet; But paddle ’round, if you’re so inclined and it’ll be easier to get.

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The Happy Camper (Canadian Canoe Museum) Paddle Clue #3  Find my paddle, he says, if you think you can; But really, you only have to follow the man.

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The Nova Craft Canoe (London’s Paddle Shop) Clue #1  To find the Nova Craft paddle, you don’t have to follow Nancy on foot; But the earliest you did, is a leg up to where it’s been put.

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Paddles up and congratulations to Cory Seaman, for his steadfast dedication in being the first to complete the full #PaddlePoints Task List and for taking the title of North West Award for Perseverance! And in record time, too! Cory is not new to the PITPC, and his been seeking those hidden paddles for a while …

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The Happy Camper (Canadian Canoe Museum) Paddle Clue #2 No one really knows where this Badger may innocently lurk, Except Kevin, and the beaver who comes back to check his work.

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Yes, it’s true, we just made the term PITPC a verb! We also compiled 10 of the top reasons why you should make PITPC-ing part of your adventures this summer. For those of you don’t know what to PITPC is, it’s the acronym for the Paddle In The Park Contest. And for those of you who don’t …

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All hail Verna-Dawn Higgins, the AO PORTAGE QUEEN of 2017! Turns out the recently crowned Verna-Dawn is new this year to the PITPC and a bit social media shy (totally understandable, Verna-Dawn!) but was very excited about her regal find on the small trail leading to the waterfalls, just off the Pen to Clydesgale portage in …

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The Happy Camper (Canadian Canoe Museum) Paddle Clue #1 If you spot this hidden Badger, you’ll be sure to shout out, “Mine!” After finding it tied behind a massive lonely white pine.

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We have put off telling this story long enough. Why were we putting off telling this story? Because we were waiting for Kevin Callan to go on a canoe trip so he wouldn’t see it. Yes, it’s true. The following paddle-finding tale will probably disturb Kevin Callan, because he has had nightmares about this. Literally, …

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We are pretty sure that most of you have noticed many of the prize packs remain empty this year, and are marked as “To be announced.” So while it’s true that we still have prizes coming in and are sorting thru all the gear and goodies, we also have a plan in the works to …

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AO PORTAGE QUEEN (Sometimes Eventful) Paddle CLUE #1 The way from without, there’s no doubt, would be up to one to opine. The way from within, is Forty point Three, otherwise known as Nine.

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KO Paddle CLUE #1 For this hidden Badger, you’ll paddle or taxi the Bay, But even still, there will be portaging along the way.  

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  Paddles up to you and welcome to another year of the PITPC! For our 5th year of Wilderness Advocacy & Adventures, we’re looking back as well as looking forward to a full season of more time spent in nature. With 5 Badger canoe paddles hidden in the back country for you to find, plus …

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TL;DR version: We have decided to add a new rule for the Paddle In The Park Contest that excludes previous Paddle Finders from being eligible for the Paddle Finding portion of the Paddle In The Park Contest. Read further to find out why, and how we have created a bit of a new incentive, in …

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As part of our special 5 Year Anniversary PITPC Celebrations, Andrew Turcotte* of ATventure Photography will be donating one of the following photos (framed and without watermarks) to this year’s prize lot. Which one, you ask? Well, that depends on you! Vote for your favourite by tweeting or commenting with the title of your choice: Misty …

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As some of you know, for some much needed help with this year’s PITPC 5th anniversary celebrations, we brought on board a few outdoor enthusiasts to assist us with the logistics of this special anniversary event. Like our paddle-hiders, we have rallied some pretty incredible people for this task and we would like you to meet …

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For help with this year’s PITPC 5th anniversary celebrations, we brought on board a few outdoor enthusiasts to assist us with the logistics of this special anniversary event. Like our paddle-hiders, we have rallied some pretty incredible people for this task and we would like you to meet them all, starting with Nathan Miller. Nathan is a super talented …

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Well, this is it. We have a winner! Well, lots of winners, actually. After another fun summer, numerous fantastic submissions and for the second year we are so happy to announce our 2016 PITPC Paddle Points #Reward winners!   Thanks so much for sharing all your great memories with us! We’re so happy to see how much …

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PITPC 2016 End Notes: As many of you know, for the past 4 years the Paddle in the Park Contest (also affectionately referred to as the PITPC) has been run by a small group of outdoor enthusiasts and has had a pretty big impact on getting people to spend more time in our Parks and …

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On October 4th, the gang at the Paddle In The Park Contest is going to be joining Sometimes Eventful blogger, outdoor advocate, and PITPC enthusiast Gayle Labuz to co-host the fast and fun #WeGetOutside Twitter chat, and we are all pretty excited about it! Gayle of Sometimes Eventful Fiona & Preston of the PITPC We will be starting the chat …

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Well then, paddles up and a big ol’congratulations to Toby Clipperton for being the First To Finish the full 2016 PITPC Task List with a total of 11,175 Paddle Points! Toby was out taking photos of his wilderness adventures and uploading those PITPC Task pictures in record time (all 107 of them) allowing him to become our …

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So after a little bit of a wait, and a whole lot of mystery, we now have the story of the Nova Craft Canoe Paddle – found and claimed by Leslee Bond! A big paddles up and congratulations to Leslee! So why didn’t Leslee claim her paddle right away? Well, it turns out that Leslee was …

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