Monday, June 18, 2018

***** Bear Wise Presentation *****


We invite anyone interested in learning more about black bears to attend this free EDUCATIONAL SLIDE SHOW.

The presentation will look at many aspects of black bear behaviour, biology, current research, Elliot Lake Bear Wise Initiative & ways to avoid & react to a bear encounter.  Learn the etiquette for living in bear country.  Feel more comfortable about travelling in bear country with a new sense of awareness abouth the true nature of black bears.

When: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 6:45 pm
Where: Pearson Civic Centre auditorium

Thursday, June 14, 2018

***** Volunteers needed for Ribfest, Saturday, June 16 2018 *****

Volunteers needed Saturday! The Algoma Paddlers have a great opportunity to have a booth at Ribfest at Lauzon Beach this Saturday, June 16 from 11 am to 5 pm. We need volunteers to come out to enjoy some good food and entertainment, visit with friends, look after a booth for the Algoma Paddlers from 11 am to 5 pm, and paddle in the Voyageur Canoe from 3-5pm. If you can help with this, please contact Wally at 705.849.6429, or email him at Bring your bathing suit and towel, and plan on a fun time, with lots happening at this event!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Lake Duborne June 9, 2018

Commentary and photos by Lauren

Our weekend paddle took us on a tour of the Northern half of Lake Duborne.  With comfortable temperatures and a slight breeze, we explored hidden creeks, spotted a bald eagle near its nest, and were accompanied for a short distance by a great blue heron. We had a short break on Blueberry Island before heading back for a well-deserved potluck feast!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Little White River June 3, 2018

Commentary by Laura, Photos by  Laura & Sydney

There were 7 of us that set out on our trip down the Little White River.  We had beginner and experienced paddlers, a wide range of ages, and a variety of boat types.  The skies were overcast with a hint of sun and rain showers just as we finished up our trip.    Three members went for a surprise "swim" and we had a chance to apply and learn recovery skills. We also learned a new phrase...."on fleek".  All in all a great outing. Thanks Ray!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Algoma Paddlers 2018 Trip List & Courses

Mark your calendars!  We’ve got some great trips and courses coming up that we hope you can join us for…click HERE for the 2018 Trip List.     

There is no charge for trips, but there is a fee for courses and camps. Participation in club trips requires current membership.  Non-members may participate in one outing prior to joining and are required to sign a liability waiver form.  See the last page of the 2018 Trip list for all event procedures and membership information.  See this blog site under the "Our Club" tab for membership forms. See this blog site under the "Club Calendar" tab for trip updates!   

To register for trips, please contact the Trip leaders directly.

To register for courses, please contact Kathy Ellis at

Monday, May 21, 2018

First week of June - Trips !

We’ve got some great trips coming up that we hope you can join us for.
See our club calendar for full details and updates at Please RSVP to our trip leaders or contact them directly if you have questions.
Here’s a list of what we have planned the first week of June.
Sunday, June 3: Little White River
Type of Trip: Kayak or Canoe
Trip Leader: Ray Lipinski,
Meeting Location(s): Tim Horton’s- Blind River 9:00 am; or Miner’s Monument- Elliot Lake 10:00 am
Trip Info: Day trip; approximately 16 km of river, some shallow sections (depending on water level), usually scratches can be avoided. Starting point at camping/picnic area near the Highway bridge on Hwy. 546 approx. 1 km east of the intersection of Hwy 639. Approximately 5-hour trip downstream. A vehicle shuttle will be done before the trip. Bring a lunch, be prepared for bugs.
Level of Difficulty: Moving Water, no rapids, some hazards (rocks, sweepers)
Tuesday, June 5: PADDLE NIGHT – Esten Lake
Trip Leader: Sirje Pomerleau,
Type of Trip: Kayak or Canoe
Meeting Location: 6:30 p.m. - Esten Lake boat launch in Elliot Lake (follow the boat launch signs: Esten North, right onto Pearson Drive, left on Scott Road (heading to the landfill) continue .6 km, then keep left going uphill on a gravel road. Follow this road for 1.2 km and turn right)
Trip Info: Evening lake paddling, hopefully circumnavigating an island or two depending on paddling speed of the group. We will paddle out for a given time and then return, selecting the route accordingly. Some sandy beaches for a swim if you dare!
Level of Difficulty: Easy, flatwater
Saturday, June 9: Paddle & Potluck
Type of Trip: Kayak or Canoe
Trip Leader: Kathy Ellis,
Meeting Location: 14 Duborne Drive.
Trip Info: 12:00 meet at 14 Duborne Drive, 12:30 boats depart (loop of north end of Lake Duborne, Carla’s Lane, and a stop on Blueberry Island - about 8 km total), 5:00 potluck. The potluck will go ahead regardless of weather. Sometimes, due to weather, no one paddles, but we have a great potluck turnout anyways!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Little White River Trip on June 3 !!!

Date:  Sunday, June 3, 2018

Type of Trip:  Kayak or Canoe

Trip Leader: Ray Lipinski

Meeting Location(s):  Tim Horton’s- Blind River 9:00 am; or Miner’s Monument- Elliot Lake 10:00 am
Trip Info:  Day trip; approximately 16 km of river, some shallow sections (depending on water level), usually scratches can be avoided.   Starting point at camping/picnic area near the Highway bridge on Hwy. 546 approx. 1 km east of the intersection of Hwy 639.  Approximately 5 hour trip downstream.  A vehicle shuttle will be done before the trip.  Bring a lunch, be prepared for bugs.

Level of Difficulty:  Moving Water, no rapids, some hazards (rocks, sweepers)

For more information please contact the trip leader directly at

***UPDATE: Registration for K.I.C.K. Camp ****

Planning to register your children for KICK camp this summer?  We will be having a Camp registration night at the Blind River Public Library on May 15 from 6:15-7:45 pm.  Prices go up after May 31st!  Our Elliot Lake Camp will be held at Camp Thompson July 23-27.  Blind River camps wil be held at Lauzon Beach July 9-13 and July 16-20.  If you can't make it to our May 15 registration night, forms are available for downloading under the “our club” tab and can be mailed in with payment to P.O. Box 248, Blind River, P0R 1B0.

K.I.C.K. (Kids Into Canoeing and Kayaking) Camp is a summer day camp for local youth ages 8 - 16. 

Receive paddling certifications!

Experienced paddlers and beginners are welcome. 

2018 Camp Sessions

Week 1 - July 3 - 6: Whitefish River First Nation

Week 2 - July 9 - 13: Blind River Area, Lake Lauzon

Week 3 - July 16 - 20: Blind River Area, Lake Lauzon

Week 4 - July 23 - 27: Elliot Lake Area, Camp Thompson

Week 5 - July 30 - August 3: Thessalon Area

Week 6 - August 7 - 10: Mississauga First Nation, Chiblow Lake

Week 7 - August 13 - 17: Sagamok First Nation

Week 8 - August 20 - 24: Serpent River First Nation

Cost: Register before May 31 - $175/week for Blind River, Elliot Lake and Thessalon Camps. $200/week if registering after May 31. 

Cost For First Nation Camps - check with Your Community Youth Worker. 

Registration forms available at under "Our Club" tab.  

Hard copy forms are available at Barrel of Goodies in Blind River. 

For More Information: contact Sue Ashdown ( or

Saturday, April 28, 2018

*** Open House April 26, 2018 ***

Thanks to everyone that came out to the Algoma Paddlers Open House !!!   It was a very good turn out, I think we had counted 46 altogether.   It was a chance to connect with fellow paddlers while enjoying pizza.  Our guest speaker told us  some interesting details and commentary about  canoeing and hiking in Killarney Provincial Park.  We had 11 new members and 10 KICK campers join the club.  The winners of the draws were Donna C. for club membership and Simon E. for KICK camp, both first time members!

Stay tuned for our trip and event details !  Check this blog site for updates.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

From Wally---Pool Sessions April 21 -22

From my perspective as Past President, pool sessions are always very rewarding - it's so satisfying to see the skill progression possibilities for beginners right through to hard core paddlers in these sessions. Everyone benefits from pushing their skill sets. 

Spontaneous cheers marked "aha moments" again this year as significant hurdles were achieved by very brave participants. It would be inappropriate for me to describe some of these very personal hurdles (perhaps participants could be invited to do that themselves) but I'm happy I was healthy enough to be there to witness those achievements.  I should at least say this: 

I really appreciated the extra support that made these sessions happen.  I believe Sirje, Laura, Sue, and Lauren organized the booking and registration which went smoothly. I also know so well that equipment doesn't magically appear - but it seemed to this year, thanks to Marc and Gary and the Crawfords/Fortins - in tough conditions. Thanks to all of you for the logistics!

Jim, it's always an honour to instruct with you, witness your dedication to paddling (and craftsmanship!) and share quality time as true friends. Sonya, you are a successful rolling instructor (youngest triple-paddle-sport instructor in the province!), and Tiana, at age 11, you are an inspiring student - and now a kayak roller - something that probably less than one in at least a thousand adults can claim! Congrats on the achievement, both of you! Sandra, the appreciative texts and requests you've already received from students you worked with are a tribute to your instructional skills. We're lucky to have you. 

In summary - thanks to the efforts of many - many paddlers (novice and hard-core, young and old) again had a great opportunity to improve skills together, as the paddling season begins. How cool is that! 



Wally Van Dyke