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PC SUP Instructors Cross Lake Ontario for Children’s Hospital

On September 2, 2015 three Stand Up Paddle Boarders from Ottawa, Ontario crossed Lake Ontario paddling 60kms to raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)

Stand Up for CHEO Lake Ontario Crossing

On September 2nd, 2015 three stand up paddlers from Ottawa, Ontario crossed Lake Ontario departing Niagara-On-The-Lake sailing club at 7:45 am and arriving in Marilyn Bell Park, Toronto at 5:30 pm. Followed by an escort boat generously provided by Coldwell Banker Residential R.M.R. Real Estate the paddlers used the same start and finish points as the official Lake Ontario swim crossings, a distance of 50kms. Due to north-easterly winds for the first three hours the paddlers travelled an additional 10 kms to reduce the effect of the side-on wind and waves for a total distance of 60kms.

About Stand Up for CHEO

Stand Up For CHEO is a non-profit, community-oriented event to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). With the help of title sponsor Trailhead Paddle Shack, SUFC has raised more than $75,000 for CHEO in the last five years while introducing hundreds of people to the growing sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding. What started as a group of four friends challenging themselves to complete a 150 km paddle has evolved into Eastern Ontario’s largest and longest running community SUP event. This year, more than150 stand up paddlers raised over $30,000 for CHEO, through events in Ottawa, Kingston and Petawawa. The final event marks a return to SUFC’s extreme roots, with three paddlers crossing Lake Ontario by SUP. 

The Lake Ontario Paddlers

Duncan Keith, Co-founder Stand Up for CHEO Jodi Bigelow, Owner Paddlefit
Louise Cabana, Paddle Canada SUP Instructor Website:


Duncan Keith
Co-founder, Stand Up for CHEO [email protected] 613-291-7300