#RewardsAreOutThere

So what is 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 and reasons to spend time in nature 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.

In 2017, we celebrated our 5th year of the Paddle in the Park campaign. This year we are back for Badger’s and Portageur’s 10 year anniversaries, and we have even more rewarding surprises planned – all in celebration of nature. Throughout the season, there will be 10 Badger paddles “Out There” at different times and different places to be claimed in various ways. And if you’re lucky enough to get your paws on a paddle, you’ll also get a chance to win a Nova Craft Canoe!

For those seeking to collect #PaddlePoints, you will also have a chance at winning a canoe from Swift Canoe & Kayak.  So grab your maps, your gear, your camera, and get “Out There” this summer. You will definitely be rewarded for it!

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Paddles

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Cabin Falls EcoLodge Paddle

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Nova Craft Paddle

Special Edition Limited Issue Walnut Badger Canoe Paddle with laser engraved aluminum inlay Badger paw logo on rustic wood background

Badger Special Edition Paddle

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Unlostify Paddle

Laser engraved Canadian Canoe Museum paddle

The Canadian Canoe Museum Paddle

Laser engraved Happy Camper (Kevin Callan) paddle

Happy Camper Paddle

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Killarney Outfitters Paddle

Laser engraved Portageur.ca paddle

Portageur.ca Paddle

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Run Wild Media Paddle

Algonquin Outfitters logo laser engraved on the tip of a cherry Badger canoe paddle

Algonquin Outfitters Paddle

#PaddleToHeal

Rewards

(1) BRIGHTEN YOUR GREY MATTER

Studies have found forest walking, or spending time doing activities in nature, shows evidence of ...

(2) STEP YOUR WORKOUT UP A NOTCH

Forget the gym. Walking and running outside has more benefits than using a treadmill or track ....

(3) NATURE IS MEDICINE

Along with reports of helping symptoms of anxiety and depression, it has been found those who live in the areas ....

(4) YOUR HEALTH & LIFE DEPENDS ON IT

Spending time engaging with nature can increase the quality of your health and life span....

(5) BOOST YOUR HEALTH & FIGHT DISEASE

How do wild spaces help our health and well being over urban spaces? Juyoung Lee of Chiba University found ....

(6) FEEL THE MYSTERY & MAGIC OF OUR WORLD

Breathing in the fresh forest air has long been thought to cure many ailments. In Japan ....

(7) BUILD INDEPENDENCE & RELATIONSHIPS

Besides your personal health, spending time in wilderness with your partner and young ones has social rewards too ....

(8) SLEEP BETTER, FEEL BETTER

Spending quality amounts of time in a natural setting can also help increase your quality of sleep....

(9) WE HAVE TO USE IT SO WE DON’T LOSE IT

Our parks and forests are built on a user-based system of management where industrial motives ....

(+1) THERE ARE REWARDS TO GETTING “OUT THERE”

Out of all the benefits and rewards of spending time in a wilderness park this summer, there is another unexpected reward ....

#PaddlePoints
#SpendMoreTimeInNature