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2016 Winners Announcement

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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Toby Clipperton 2016 Wilderness Guide Task Master

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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Nova Craft Paddle Found 2016

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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Nova Craft Paddle Mystery Update

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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Nicole Portageur.ca Paddle FOUND

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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PITPC - Behind The Tent Screens

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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Clue #5 and Clue #6

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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Clue #5 and Clue #6

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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Behind the Scenes (Tent Screens)

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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Gracie AO Paddle FOUND 2016

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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Stinson Family Happy Camper Paddle FOUND 2016

Turns out the last hint published for the hidden Happy Camper paddle was enough to clue in more than a few folks and the challenge was on. By the end of the evening there were at least two individual parties seeking the hidden paddle on opposite ends of the 1500 m portage just off of the famous and beautiful Mazinaw …

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This past week, we published a “triple clue alert” on Facebook for the AO PORTAGE QUEEN Paddle, the Happy Camper Paddle, and the Portageur.ca Paddle. Let’s just say that the 4th Happy Camper clue seemed to light a fire under more than a few canoe seats. We received a message from Cory Seaman, just before he left …

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Algonquin Outfitters PORTAGE QUEEN Paddle CLUE #3 Just before (or after) the dip in the path, this wooden sceptre sits waiting, Not far past the two hemlocks, water side of the trail, it’s all yours for the taking. Still hidden well, amongst the forest trees, it can barely be viewed from the pathway. Yet, a …

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Happy Camper Paddle CLUE #4 Somewhere in the land of “Beautiful Water” there lies, Her second deepest, reflecting a painted granite rise.

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Portageur.ca Paddle Clue #4 In a small cluster of cedars, and in the open breeze, There is a spot that (almost) has no business growing trees. And a BADGER® sits waiting, just there near the mouth. Where you can barely see a lighthouse – if you look south.

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The Happy Camper Paddle CLUE #3 Two to three hundred in from the one-forty-five’s side. This fifteen hundred is as long as it is known to be wide! But just twenty from the wood trail, there a Badger waits. Hidden by a happy guy, it’s just one of half of eight.

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Portageur.ca Paddle CLUE #3 No man (nor BADGER®) is an island, except for this one time. In fact, when viewing sunrises and sunsets, this rock is prime. But one crossing, on the way, could get windy, wavy, and tough. So give yourself a few extra travel days, please, in case it gets rough. Also, just to …

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This clue was first published in Canoeroots magazine. But we are putting it here too, to ensure that it’s seen! Portageur.ca Paddle CLUE #1 You can’t step twice, he once wept, it’s never the same. But the root, is the route, of the Portageur.ca name.

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Nova Craft Canoe Paddle CLUE #2 All you Seekers and Explorers might be on Edge, waiting for these clues. But trust us, PITPC fever is much worse than the PITPC blues. Yes, Preston and Kevin are feeling much better these days, or so we hear. Yet which one of the two has the paddle right …

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The Happy Camper Paddle Clue #2 For the second of The Happy Camper’s clues, Watch the video below – he made it for you! Clue #2 for my Happy Camper paddle for the Paddle in the Park …Clue #2 for my Paddle in the Park contest. Posted by Kevin Callan on Tuesday, 26 July 2016 Direct …

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Algonquin Outfitters PORTAGE QUEEN Paddle CLUE #2 If it is the AO PORTAGE QUEEN title you want for the winning, It’s not far from the second, if you begin at the beginning. Not the first, but the Last portage you’ll probably pass by Could be on the way there, as you J-stroke and pry.

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Well, that was a fun little side trip, wasn’t it?! But now it is time for you to get back to your main PITPC adventure, be it for PADDLE POINTS or to seek those hidden paddles…. or both! So we will get right to it so you can get on with your PITPC adventure. The …

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Nova Craft Canoe Paddle CLUE #1 We are not going to pretend and we’re not going to lie. We’re experiencing technical difficulties, please stand by.

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Sometimes, when on trip, we get diverted for a day or two – just for the sake of exploring or maybe for pure relaxation. Thus, we decided we are going to do something similar with the PITPC for the next few days or so, and take a side-trip with a little diversion – or as one might …

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The Portageur.ca Paddle CLUE #2 When you first see this BADGER® off-trail, you’ll think it’s one of those mirages. But sometimes even the best Portageurs will avoid the old portages!

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PITPC WILDERNESS GUIDE GRAND PRIZE CANOE WINNER Kindred Wanderings

Dave Lanovaz (also known by his screen handle; Kindred Wanderings), his lovely wife Sarah and their adorable family, all made PITPC history last season by being the first ever Paddle Points Grand Prize Winner of a BRAND NEW NOVA CRAFT CANOE! Not only did Dave and his family complete the entire official Task List, but …

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Happy Camper Paddle CLUE #1 The old, long-eared tales may be new to some. But for those who remember, the answer will come.

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Algonquin Outfitters PORTAGE QUEEN Paddle CLUE #1 With the other three, you must take heed of the first. For just this one will be Algonquin or burst! Yes, the remaining three are still beyond the four; Both near and far, old history and new shores. AO seekers, pay no mind to the preseason leads. Because …

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The Paddle In The Park Contest: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016   Can you believe it? This summer marks year number four for the Paddle In The Park Contest (PITPC). That is four fun years of trying to find ways of getting people to spend more time in nature.     So why do we do this? …

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PITPC Trip Diary Winners Online Announcement

As you may have heard,  the Trip Diary Reward Winners were announced by Preston Ciere at the Toronto 2016 Outdoor Adventure Show (ADVENTURES IN PADDLING STAGE) while presenting The Outdoor Playground that Awaits You for Canoe Camping in Algonquin Provincial Park. The first official PITPC preseason clue was also hidden within Preston’s presentation as well (which will be revealed again at a …

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PITPC Trip Diary Winners To Be Announced!

Yes, it’s true. Fiona (Badger Paddles and co-founder of the PITPC) has been hibernating a little bit this winter. Well, not exactly hibernating, as she has been taking care of her little cub (her son, Makobe). But the months have stretched on and it now time for the Trip Diary Reward Winners to be announced! Accordingly, Fiona …

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PITPC TRIP DIARY

  What an amazingly rewarding season it has been for everyone who got “Out There”. We really can’t express how deeply inspired we have been by each and every one of you. With the top #PaddlePoints earners having submitted over 100 photos each, there is no doubt that a lot of hard work and dedication …

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PITPC END OF CONTEST

Well, to say that it’s been a rewarding season would be a complete understatement… one just has to look thru the numerous Paddle Points submissions to see just how worthwhile spending time in nature can be. So in celebration of the end of this year’s PITPC (and in recognition of all those wonderful smiles, stories, plus all the hard work …

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Nathan Schmidt and gang with the Happy Camper paddle

Well, the Happy Camper Paddle has been found by a group of PITPC enthusiasts, with the official claim going to Nathan Schmidt. Paddles up to Nathan!  However, much to Kevin Callan‘s dismay, one of the paddle seekers in this adventurous paddling-finding group was Chris Hocking: two time paddle finder and Kevin Callan’s worst nightmare. Well, okay, maybe …

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  Yes, it’s true! The elusive Algonquin Outfitters Paddle hidden by Kevin Callan has now been found and claimed by Jeff Bardell! Paddles up and a hearty congratulations to Jeff, who figured out the puzzling clues to the location of the hidden AO paddle! Although Jeff’s smarts led him to the correct portage, it was definitely kismet …

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BRIAN SNELL KO paddle finder!

The Killarney Outfitters paddle has officially been found and claimed (on the portage to Partridge Lake in Killarney PP) by Brian Snell and family! Congrats and a big paddles up to Brian, his son Oliver, and their “intrepid canoeist”, Daisy! We know that many of you were stumped by the location of this hidden paddle as it …

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Hi Everyone! So sorry we haven’t been too active on social media the past few weeks, but Fiona and Mike have been having technical difficulties with their internet. Sometimes that comes with the (Northern) territory of living in the beautiful Huntsville area. (We know, must be rough, right?) It’s been over a week so far, …

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ANDREW TURCOTTE - NOVA CRAFT canoe paddle found and claimed!

The Nova Craft Canoe Paddle has officially been found and claimed (on the Pen to Night Lake portage in Algonquin Park) by Andrew Turcotte! Congrats to Andrew! We’d have to say that considering this is his second claim in as many years, he makes finding a paddle look pretty easy. However as Andrew tells it, he made …

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PITPC CLUE 2 Happy Camper Paddle

Happy Camper Paddle 2015 CLUE #2 When you search, scout, and seek, but to no avail, Then it’s probably best to take the alternate trail.

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PITPC CLUE 2 KO Paddle

Killarney Outfitters Paddle 2015 CLUE #2  When on your Killarney journey today, You’ll find more rewards, if you take the long way.

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Photo credit: Cory Seaman

Every so often we get a message from a paddle-seeker who may have been unsuccessful in their attempt to locate a hidden paddle they had set their sights on, but who were delighted to have discovered a new area that they really enjoyed or had experienced a wonderful adventure with lasting memories, and wish to …

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PITPC CLUE NOVA CRAFT Paddle

  Nova Craft Canoe Paddle 2015 CLUE There’s a Badger waiting for you to take, Somewhere near the oldest’s 9th lake.

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TYLER BEDARD CABIN FALLS paddle found and claimed!

As briefly mentioned on Facebook, the Cabin Falls EcoLodge paddle from Hap and Andrea Wilson was found and claimed by Tyler Bedard this past August long weekend! Way to go Tyler! This year, Hap and Andrea hid their paddle on the Dry Lake portage in Temagami, right at the small falls along the Dry Lake Creek… a very …

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ANDREW THURO PORTGEUR.CA Paddle

Well then, a big ol’ paddles and paws up to Andrew Thuro (and Abbey) for being the first to claim a Badger paddle this season! Andrew and Abbey deciphered the clues and were able to locate the Portageur.ca Paddle on the Chipmunk Lake portage which is on the way to Presto(n) Lake in Algonquin. It …

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