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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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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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Bill Mason Memorial Scholarship Fund – Annual Fundraising Auction

Most Canadian canoeists have been influenced by Bill Mason whether directly or indirectly. He was an avid paddler, a wonderful film maker, and a great environmental champion.

In 1990 Paddle Canada created a scholarship fund in memory of Mason. This fund is for students pursuing education in environmental studies. April 21st is Bill Mason’s birthday and also the day of the annual auction which raises money for this scholarship.

You can read more about the auction by reading Becky Mason’s post in our forums or visiting the auction page at

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celebrating the life of Kirk Wipper

Kirk Wipper’s Life and Work to be Celebrated Sunday May 1st at Canoe Museum

Please note that the date for the Kirk Wipper memorial gathering has been changed. “Travelling On: Celebrating the Life and Passions of Kirk Wipper” will be now held at The Canadian Canoe Museum on Sunday, May 1st, 2011, 2 p.m. followed by a reception at the museum. Anyone moved to contribute a song or story to this celebration should contact the museum (705) 748-9153 or email

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disaster in Japan

We are so saddened by what has happened and is still happening in Japan. Our thoughts are with the people there as they try to work through the ramifications of this disaster. Hopefully, the nuclear plants don’t have any more major issues as the Japanese people have enough to deal with as it is.

I noticed that our forum members are talking about it too and you can their perspective on the tragedy here…

Earthquake in Japan

One way you can help is by donating to the Canadian Red Cross.

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avalanche warnings

The Canadian Avalanche Centre is the go-to place to see current warnings. Not only can you subscribe to a feed to receive avalanche bulletins but you can also get important information on gear, pre-trip planning, and read some informative articles. It is a valuable warning system and educational resource. Thanks to Mountain Equipment Co-op for bringing this to my attention.

There is a Special Avalanche Warning posted for March 11, 2011.


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mistaken identity continues

Yesterday, as I was sitting here working on new features for the website, the phone started to ring. It was a man from Texas who was outraged at the slaughter of the sled dogs in British Columbia. I spoke to him for some time and explained that we are NOT the company responsible for this horrible act of cruelty. I directed him to Outdoor Adventures Whistler which is the company that the media has named and who we are being mistaken for.. I also explained that we are in Brant County, Ontario which is 4,397 kilometres away from Whistler, British Columbia. He apologized.

Later, I checked my email before shutting down the computer, only to find several more emails and attempts to post vile comments on this blog. When this first happened our staff received hundreds upon hundreds of nasty letters and phone calls from around the globe. Guam, Australia, Sweden, Italy, Greece, Germany, The United States, and Canada. Bryan and I have personally and very kindly responded, to each person no matter how cruel the words. We’ve spent considerable time doing so, since this first hit the news in late January. It stopped for awhile after we shut down a Facebook page that had our company and email listed as the perpetrators of this heinous act. Now it has started again.

I guess the reason I am writing this is out of anger and frustration. I’m angry about what happened to the dogs and I am frustrated that people use Google to find our site, and without reading to see if they have the right company, email us. The emails are far from nice. We’ve received threats of violence, wishes that we would die a slow horrible death from cancer, or that someone would slit our throats. I’ve learned a whole new vocabulary from people who have sworn at us in Italian, Spanish, and other languages.

It’s clear from our website that we are an article-based magazine. We don’t offer tours and we don’t have sled dogs. We never have.  There is only one canine on our staff; Thomson (the Shih Tzu who likes to go on hikes and ride in the canoe) and he is a perfectly pampered pooch—part of the family. The only thing he might find cruel around here would be an empty treat box and that has yet to happen.

We had a PRESS RELEASE on the site for weeks. The paragraph linking to it had big bold red letters explaining that we were NOT the company who did this and it clicked through to a full press release. It was even on our contact page so that it couldn’t be missed, yet people still emailed by the hundreds—not even reading what was on the screen in front of them. I can clearly see how wars happen. People get angry and act without thinking things through logically. We understand that people are angry what has happened to the sled dogs is truly reprehensible, to say the least.

While many of the people apologize, it doesn’t take away how the horrible, violent words make us feel. You can’t take words back and that is why it is important to think before you act.


Added on March 21, 2011… From this point forward, the staff at OAC will report any nasty emails to your internet service provider or email provider and if you are emailing from your place of employment, your employer.

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happy anniversary to us!

It is so amazing to me that our little e-zine, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. To kick things off, we’ve launched a brand new look for the website, a Facebook page, and we are even on Twitter. Oh, and I must not forget our new blog… you’re reading it now.

We’ll be posting on the blog from time to time. You’ll see everything from outdoorsy related things to posts about what some of our team is up to (charity races, trip reports, book signings, blunders, etc.). We might even give you a sneak preview of some of the gear we are reviewing. We even plan to have some guest bloggers.

I hope you’ll subscribe to the blog and pop in on occasion to see what’s going on.


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