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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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We need your help! The latest edition of the Wild Northerner Magazine is coming soon (I know! Exciting!) and we here at the PITPC have been trying to get some photos together for a little ad that will be included. (Thanks, WNM, by the way!) Except, well… here’s the problem: We wanted to include some photos from …

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We’ve had a break in the case of the missing Nova Craft Canoe Paddle and are hoping to file a full report soon. Thanks to everyone for helping to get the word out!  However, we are still stumped on the tragic circumstances surrounding the untimely demise of Preston’s special friend, Ms. Moss. How about you?! #PITPCMystery #TreeLove #RewardsAreOutThere

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A hidden paddle going unclaimed doesn’t happen too often; it might even be the first time in the 4 years of the Paddle In The Park Contest – so far. After several reports by many would-be paddle finders, and now that the last long weekend of summer is over, we can now confirm that the Nova Craft Paddle has …

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Finally, after a full summer of being “Out There”, the portageur.ca paddle has been found and claimed (and Preston is now free to post his trip photos on Facebook)! So paddles up and a hearty congratulations to Nicole Dubovski!  If you remember, the preseason clue had alluded to the fact that this year’s contest wasn’t …

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For most of the summer, we have been busy not only hiding paddles and verifying Paddle Points photos but we’ve also been making a little film about what goes on behind the scenes tent screens at the PITPC. Here is just a little taste of what’s to come (and if you know the PITPC, then you …

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Portageur.ca Paddle CLUE #6 For the sake of confusion, north is straight up for this clue. So to find the hidden campsite, here’s what you’ll need to do: It seems that you’ve all missed it, as if the images were just fleeting. But there can be no doubt, at all, that these pictures bear repeating. …

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Nova Craft Canoe Paddle CLUE #3 There, guarding a hidden paddle, bosom-bare she stands, With a long moss green skirt, amongst the smoke-filled lands.

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Nova Craft PADDLE CLUE #1 This paddle has been hidden not once but twice. Paddle hiders, turned finders, went from naughty to nice. Now this paddle sits in it’s new location. Waiting for someone to pass by on vacation. Below this piscine river, a canoer’s (and fisherman’s) paradise awaits. But that’s all we can currently …

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Portageur PADDLE CLUE #5 The two mouths might tell you, you’re a paddle-finding superstar. But if you go to Sabine island, you’re a few kilometres too far. Finding this paddle’s location has turned out to be quite tough. From west, you’ve probably past it, from east, you’re not far enough.    

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While a canoe trip to anywhere could be considered challenge enough by many, there are always some “Out There” who are willing to take the adventure just a little bit further. They are the Paddle Seekers and Paddle Finders of the PITPC. They are the people who are able to take the almost impossible to decipher (at times) …

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We wondered if the last clue we published for the Algonquin Outfitters PORTAGE QUEEN Paddle would be the final one, and it was! Paddles up to and royal congratulations to Kathryn Grace Malek (Gracie), who has officially been crowned the 2016 AO PORTAGE QUEEN! Gracie found the AO paddle after figuring out all the clues which finally …

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