Sunday, September 16, 2018

Paddle & Potluck - September 22, 2018

Our final planned event for the summer is coming up next Saturday, September 22, and we hope you can all make it!

Here are the details
FOR THE PADDLE
Meeting location: Wilson's Fruit Market at 9:30 am
Trip Details: Paddle destination is planned for Turnbull Island.  If the conditions report is not acceptable, the destination will be changed.  Bring a lunch.
Trip Leader: Kathy Ellis.  Please contact the trip leader ahead of time if you plan to join for the paddle so we know who to expect at the meeting location. Contact details - blindriv@gmail.com or 705-356-1266. 
(If you need to borrow equipment, contact Gary to arrange at mycsmith@hotmail.com)

FOR THE POTLUCK
Potluck will start at 4:30 at Gary and Natalie's. Everyone is welcome, even if you're not paddling earlier in the day. 
Contact Gary to RSVP and for address if needed.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Learn to Paddle Board !

This course will have a max of 6 students; make sure to reserve your spot!
Saturday, August 18
Lauzon Beach & Boat Launch in Algoma Mills
Course instructor: Sonya Fortin
Course options:
ORCKA Standup Paddle Boarding Safe Paddlers from 9 - 2pm (lunch 12 - 1). Cost is $30 for members of $80 for non-members
OR
ORCKA Standup Paddle Boarding Level 1 from 9 - 5pm (lunch 12 - 1). Cost is $50 for members or $100 for non-members.
Paddle boards are provided.

For more info and to register, please contact Course Director, Kathy Ellis, at blindriv@gmail.com or 705.356.1266

Lake Superior in a Voyageur Canoe

Want to paddle on Lake Superior in a Voyageur Canoe? 
There are two options coming up:
Option 1: (Easy/Leisure)
Sunday, August 12, Pancake Bay Provincial Park: Help is needed to paddle the 36' Montreal Canoe with Park visitors. We need to be there from 10:30 to 3:30 - but a couple campsites at the park are available on Saturday and Sunday evenings (free for us as volunteers) if you wish to extend your stay! Pancake Bay has a wonderful beach, and their Family Days weekend is always enjoyable.
Contact Wally as per the contact info below.

Option 2: (Moderate/some camping experience needed)
August 25 to 29: Enjoy a multi-day Superior wilderness trip in a  36' Montreal Canoe. We'll travel the pristine shoreline from Michipicoten Harbour to the Dog River. This trip has a minimum of 9 participants and a maximum of 12, so reserve your spot now. Participants need to be able to paddle as a team, and should be prepared to be windbound, or paddle longer days on open water if needed.

If you can participate in either of these outings, contact Wally Van Dyke at wvandyke@sympatico.ca by Aug 11.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Birch lake trip July 29 2018

Commentary by Cindy
We did a little over 12 km. The weather was good to us. Only a bit of wind on way home...this is the whole group...its a selfie. Lol.


Monday, July 9, 2018

July 15 Day trip: Lang Lake and Kecil Lake ( instead of North Channel)

Trip Leader: Sirje Pomerleau, pomerlea@sympatico.ca
Boat Type: kayak, canoe
Meeting: Hwy 108/17 car park, 9:30am
Level of Difficulty: easy, potential for wind and waves

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Serpent Harbour June 23 2018

Commentary by Sirje.  Photos by Laura.

Four eager paddlers ignored the grey skies and a few threatening raindrops to explore the Serpent River mouth as it empties into Lake Huron. The rain never really materialized and we were rewarded with calm waters, beautiful scenery, great conversation, and, eventually, blue skies and sunshine. The water level is even higher in Huron this year so the end of Long Point has no easy access... and the fun little zigzag between rocky islands is only a challenge for those approaching with speed and looking to practice turns on a dime.  We did manage to find a perfect lunch spot looking out over the islands scattered in the river mouth...but the sunken ship eluded us again this time!











Monday, June 18, 2018

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

PRESENTED BY FRIENDS OF ALGOMA EAST

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 wvandyke@sympatico.ca. 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!