Instructor News


50 Years, 50 People: Blair Doyle

A lifelong paddler, volunteer, and leader in the Nova Scotia paddling community, Blair Doyle is always enthusiastic about getting people outside and helping them safely enjoy their environment. He served on the Board of Directors of Paddle Canada from 2007-2013, as our Nova Scotia Director, Treasurer, and finally as President from 2010-2013. When he first … Continued

River Of Hope

1 SUP, 650 Km, 10 Days Mental Health. It is slowly becoming more openly discussed. What once was in the shadows is being brought to the light. My hope is one-day having support for mental health is approached as having a personal trainer for your mind. Initially, paddling down The Athabasca River from Jasper to … Continued

50 Years, 50 People: Neil Hartling

Neil was an active CRCA instructor when he was building his company (Nahanni River Adventures). Canoeing was at the heart of the company and to provide an alternative to rafts on the “River of Gold`. He developed the 28′ Voyageur canoes that could be disassembled into 8 pieces and transported in a Twin Otter aircraft … Continued

Youth in a big canoe.

Youth Paddling Grant

One of the goals in our current strategic plan is to diversify our paddling community, which specifically includes supporting youth, and collaborating with partners that engage with youth. As such, we have been working with Get Kids Paddling, an organization that is committed to supporting the growth and design of programs that can introduce and … Continued

50 Years, 50 People: Scott Cunningham

  Scott began as a canoeist in the 70s and into the 80s, in 1981 he started Coastal Adventures and began running tours along the 100 Wild Islands (archipelago which is now owned by the Nova Scotia Nature Trust).   Scott got his start with his friend Paul Potter, when they decided to circumnavigate Nova Scotia … Continued

Sup board and jetboat ona beach

Ripple Effect: The One Thing You Might Be Forgetting To Take On The Water

Humans are instinctively a self absorbed species, essentially that’s how we survived. We are also inherently kind and caring but oftentimes we just don’t realize our effect on others. It’s impossible to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes if we haven’t experienced it ourselves. This pertains to everything in life. It’s hard to imagine being … Continued

50 Years, 50 People: Brian Creer

Brian signed on to CRCA when John Eberhard visited him in Vancouver in 1974. Brian thought it was a good idea to create a Provincial partner with a National organization. And, he did! He is regarded in BC as the ‘grandfather’ of recreational canoeing. The association takes pride in knowing that he taught Bill Mason … Continued

Priscilla Haskin

50 Years, 50 People: Priscilla Haskin

Anyone who has been part of Paddle Canada over the past 20 years or so, especially in the canoeing community, will know Priscilla Haskin. In 2007, she joined the Board of Directors as the Alberta Director, a position she held until 2016. During those years, she also served as our Treasurer, President, and continues to … Continued

50 Years, 50 People: Brian Johnston

Brian has been part of Paddle Canada since the 1990’s, eventually becoming an active volunteer in 2004. He is a long time member of the Canoe Program Committee, and contributed greatly to the scribing and editing of the many of our canoe manuals now being used (no small task!). In more recent years, he was … Continued

Safe Boating: Only You Can Make A Difference

Every year we look forward to getting back on the water soon after the ice melts. We brush off the dust from our watercraft that’s been safely stored away. We inspect it and make certain all is well; no bumps, scratches, or holes. We shake out the charts and maps of our favorite lakes and … Continued