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Yes, it is true… After a one-year hiatus, the Paddle in The Park Contest is back for it's sixth season! As the spring thaw approaches, we can already sense the excitement you all have at the thought of getting “Out There” on the water and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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. [caption id="attachment_27529"...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

  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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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! [caption id="attachment_23722" align="aligncenter" width="150"] Gayle of...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

  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...

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...

  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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

If you don't have your PITPC "Flag" yet, or are wondering what the PITPC "Flags" are all about, we've compiled an official list of the top 3 reasons why you should be flying your PITPC loud and proud this summer! Reason #1: Advocacy One of the secrets behind...