This question came in recently from a member about the Ontario Tourism partnership with Paddle Canada and thought it valuable to share the answer :
I would like more info on the Ontario Tourism Expenditures and what it does for the whole PC community especially us members not living in Ontario.
PC Instructor Member
A: Dear PC Instructor Member:
This is a very good question.
For those that live outside of Ontario, such as yourself... the benefit is a admin fee for administering the contract... PC benefits after my staff time to manage the contract from the infusion of this money - right now after admin wages in time, we gain about $4000 annually. That money then benefits the organization as a whole nationally for projects such as attending trade show nationally, supporting paddling symposiums, instructor development (recerts, developing better teaching manuals and resources) etc. .So the benefit is indirect for you the individual member but there nonetheless.
The Ottawa Outdoor & Adventure Travel Show is coming up this weekend, March 16-17 at the Ernst & Young Centre (formally CE Centre), 4988 Uplands Dr., Ottawa. I will be there along with many PC volunteers at booth # 412 (opposite paddling demo pool). Speaking of demo pool, there's lots going on just in front of our booth.... check out the action from:
Check out the AWESOME show guide, which has a bunch of great articles plus all the schedules of fantastic presenters all weekend such as:
Many interesting thoughts, ideas and aspirations for the future of Paddle Canada were gathered over last few months. This was all part of the new Float Plan for Success 2013, a 3 year planning process, that brought the board of directors together at end of January in Ottawa. One of the interesting questions asked during the interview process of members and stakeholders was "What Do You Value Most About Paddle Canada?". The following is the summary of the common answers. The final Float Plan For Success 2013 document will be shared at the upcoming AGM 2012 on March 9, 2013 and be posted also to the website for all to view.
I was invited to be part of a video shoot yesterday in the 1000 Islands, Ontario. Scott from 1000 Island Kayaking is currently putting together 4 or 5 different promotional videos for his company. Joseph Baptista from Country Multimedia, is filming and producing these videos. I was there to talk about the Paddle Canada sea kayak courses, specifically the Intro to Sea Kayak, Level 1 and Level 2. I also spotlighted the reason why one would sign up for a Paddle Canada course. in other words that a PC course offers top quality and value, as the instructor is nationally certified through a training program, put togheter by many top industry ecucators from across the country and over many decades.
|Written by Graham Ketcheson on Friday, 10 August 2012 14:36||Published in Executive Directors Blog|
Celebrate the fly-in or rail-in remote wilderness canoe adventure, the quintessential Canadian experience during the month of August Ontario Outdoors. Read about Kevin Callan's trip to Woodland Caribou Provincial Park on his blog (Part 1) (& Part 2 ). Kevin Callan is a Paddle Canada Patron, the author of 13 books, including best sellers The Happy Camper and Wilderness Pleasures: A Practical Guide to Camping Bliss. Callan contributes to radio, television and print, working as field editor for Explore magazine and as a columnist for Canoeroots.
This will be the ONLY canoe in the expected 11 km flotilla parade event next weekend - Canada's designated vessel to the flotilla parade: a Voyageur Canoe from Paddle Canada in partnership with the Canadian Canoe Museum!!
Sunday June 3: - Watch Live: The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant will be live on CBC News Network and CBCNews.ca at 9 a.m. ET and on CBC-TV at 9:30 a.m. ET. The pageant features up to 1,000 boats on the Thames River, assembled from across the Commonwealth and around the world. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will travel in the Royal Barge, forming the centrepiece of the flotilla. Peter Mansbridge hosts the broadcast.
Original Post: A few weeks ago, I got a call from James Raffan, Executive Director of the Canadian Canoe Museum with an unusual request. The Canadian High Commission with orders from the Prime Ministers office, had tasked James with the job of finding a big canoe to paddle in the upcoming Queen's Jubilee Celebration Flotilla in England on June 3. After convincing the pageant organizers that a voyageur canoe was sea worthy and safe, a 1st Nations group was then contacted in western Canada, who said yes initially to using their dugout canoe, but then upon further inspection said their boat woudn't be ready in time, due to repairs needed to the vessel. Thus the phone call to Paddle Canada office. It just so happens, that the two PC's Canots du Nord were not in use (and not since 2008). So after some quick discussions with the Board of Directors, the decision was to give the green light to James to use one of the canoes needed for the event.
Fast forward to today, on very short notice (about an hour), I rushed up to Seeley's Bay, ON this afternoon for the christening and launch of the refurbished "Canada One" canoe that is going to Queen's Jubilee. Half the town folks were there along with a film crew from CBC The National, and the local fire department with fire house to recreate the fountains on the Thames River perhaps?
I just got back from the Altantic Paddling Symposium. I can't say how impressed I was with the quality of coaching and presentations at this event. There were coaches from BC, Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, Newfoundland, Washington and California. A truly national (and international event). It really solidified in my mind, that the gathering of the paddling community, of like minded folks in the Paddle Canada circle, is so important. The variety of clinic offerings was also fantastic whether you wanted to learn moving water or flatwater canoe skills, sea kayaking surfing or rescues, flatwater SUP or just