K-W Canoeing Symposium

OAC is proud to be a sponsor of this event which takes place on April 13, 2013. We’ve heard there are only 67 tickets left for this great symposium.

Here is some more information…

Hope to see you at the 2nd Annual Canoe Symposium in Kitchener-Waterloo!

There’s a special gathering coming up. We hope you can make it… maybe you can bring a friend. On April 13th, 2013, one hundred and forty “canoeheads” will meet at the Princess Twin Theatre in Waterloo, Ontario, for the second annual KW Canoe Symposium.

The KW Canoe Symposium is a celebration of the canoe, and its central place in the culture and history of Canada. It’s about the feel of a canvas-covered canoe as it glides through a remote lake. It’s about wet summer afternoons spent under a tarp, and crisp fall mornings warming your hands on a mug of tea. It is a chance to gather with others who value a life lived at a different speed, and off the beaten path.

It’s not about paddlesports, or high-tech gear – you’ll have to go somewhere else to feed that addiction. Rather, the KW Canoe Symposium is the back room at the outfitter’s store. The wood-burning stove’s lit…pull up a chair, and sit awhile.

We’d love to have you drop by. Speakers for this year will include:

Hap Wilson – I believe Hap will be speaking on the Trans Canada Canoe Trail…but does it matter? He’s Hap Wilson!!! Come and hear him!

Mark Rubino (Mark in the Park) – speaking about his special connection to and passion for Algonquin PP

Mike Monaghan – extrordinary canoe based photographer – Mike will also have a display of his work in the Gallery at the Princess Theatre

Jeffrey McMurtrie – creator of “Jeff’s Map” – The finest map produced for Algonquin trippers

Chris Mayne – The story of the One Kids Place Children’s Treatment Center photo book. All of the pictures are taken in Algonquin Park, Temagami and along the Mattawa & French rivers – Stories by Paul Hoy, Hap Wilson, Kevin Callan, and Becky Mason.

Phil Cotton – “Uncle Phil” will be speaking on his passion – “The Wabakimi Project”

Leigh Kotsilidis and Linda Besner – Leigh and Linda have been co-organizing the Fish Quill Poetry Boat, a ten-day poetry and music tour on the Grand River, since 2010.

Saturday April 13th, 2013
Princess Twin Theatre, Waterloo, Ontario
The doors will open at 9:30 am

For more info and tickets visit the K-W Canoeing Symposium website.

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trail relay for a good cause

Good morning. I need your help please. You see in a few days I will be heading to Mansfield as part of a 4-woman team to run a trail relay in support of the Pine River Foundation. We haven’t met our fundraising goal but we only have $100 to go. If you could make a small donation towards this I would be so grateful. Pine River supports youth with mental illness and addiction. It gives these kids a second chance with family-centered wilderness, therapeutic, and academic programs. Thanks in advance.

Here is the link to our donations page…

Chico TREAD 6-Hour Relay

Laurie March

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Kitchener Waterloo Canoeing Symposium

What are you up to this Saturday? Unless the Weather Network changes its mind, the forecast is for rain and I have a great way for those of you in Southern Ontario to keep dry—The Kitchener Waterloo Canoeing Symposium.

There are still some tickets available for this great event and there is a terrific lineup of speakers.

So take some time and check it out. You will find more information on the event website at…

Kitchener Waterloo Canoeing Symposium

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book review – Diabetic Athlete’s Handbook

Being athletic and diabetic isn’t an easy balance to achieve sometimes and when one is first diagnosed it can be difficult, at best, to find the information an active diabetic needs to suit their passion for the outdoors.

Here is OAC Editor and diabetic outdoors-woman, Laurie March’s review of a terrific resource for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics who are backpacking, canoeing, or pursuing other forms of outdoor fitness.

Diabetic Athlete’s Handbook – A Review

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support the guys participating in Movember

OAC forum member, Claude Lauzon, is growing a mustache and collecting donations in support of Prostate Cancer. If you’d like to help him reach his donations grow as well as his mustache please visit his Movember donations page and show your support.

PS We hope that Claude will be clean shaven on December 1st or his canoe partner might have something to say!

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gray jay population declining in Algonquin Provincial Park

We were saddened to read about this study from the University of Guelph. It speaks to how climate change may be affecting the Gray Jay, also known as a Whiskey Jack. This is one of our favorite feathered creatures and you’ll see a photo of one, taken in Algonquin Park on a wilderness canoe trip, featured on the masthead of the Tidbits feature on our website.

U of G Study Shows Gray Jay Population Declining in Algonquin Park

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fall hiking stories – a contest

Fall is one of my favorite time of year for hiking and backpacking. I adore hiking in the fresh, crisp Autumn air and hearing the crunch of leaves beneath my hiking boots.

It would be great to hear about your Fall hiking adventures. Send in your story and photos for a chance to win a $25.00 Mountain Equipment Co-op gift certificate. The categories are..

  • favorite fall day hike
  • autumn backpacking trip
  • fall camping adventure

Email your story to laurie@outdooradventurecanada.com.
Deadline is December 15th. Winners will be announced December 19th. Good Luck!

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15 things to see and do in Canada before you die

As I am trying to get an early start to the day and I sit here checking OAC email, my mind is wandering. It is early and a few hours before the phone lines are turned on. While sipping my coffee an email catches my eye. It is from the Globe and Mail and contains a link to a photo essay called 15 things to see and do in Canada before you die. I enjoy the little travel feature but two in particular spark my wanderlust. One is kayaking the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and the other is Bike the Cabot Trail.

This has me thinking… what outdoorsy things would you like to see and do in Canada before you die? Submit your answers to laurie@outdooradventurecanada.com for a chance to win an MEC gift card.

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Run Like a Mother Contest Winners!

We have our contest winners for the Run Like a Mother giveaway … Congratulations to Wendy and Terry.  Here are their stories:

Wendy L. from Alhambra, Alberta

Why I love running:

As a mother of three children running is the ideal activity to keep
physically and mentally well. It takes minimal effort and arranging to put
on the shoes an step out the door. Running burns off 100 calories every 10
minutes, clears your head, strengthens multiple muscle groups and keeps me
looking great.

As far as funny moments go my children understand that the only reason to
interrupt my run with a phone call to my cell is that they just had to phone
911 a moment ago.

Terry T. from Calgary Alberta

When I did my first half marathon with a bunch of friends we showed up to
the area where it started very early. We parked and settled into a Starbucks
for some breakfast and coffee. When we came out to get to the start line we
realized that our car wad parked on the race course and had been towed!
Luckily the impound lot was close by so we ran to it, got the car reparked
got our bibs and last minute gear and ran to the start. We arrived about 5
minutes after the last half marathon starters had crossed the start line.
Thank goodness for chips because I ran that half with my now husband and
made my goal of sub 2 hrs!


Thank you to all who participated. Stay tuned, there’s a rumor flying around Outdoor Adventure Canada that we will be hosting a similar contest in March 2012 for the sequel to Run Like a Mother.

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honouring Kirk Wipper—help needed for Friday, April 29th

I received an email today saying that help is needed with tomorrow’s leg of the portage honouring the life and achievements of  Canadian paddler, Kirk Wipper.

If you can help and would like more information please visit….

A True Canadian Portage in Honour of Kirk Wipper

Kirk’s memorial memorial gathering has been changed. “Travelling On: Celebrating the Life and Passions of Kirk Wipper” will be on Sunday, May 1st, 2011, 2 pm at the Canadian Canoe Museum.

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