Breaking News! Carole finally submits an Update!

I really don’t know how people tweet, blog or spend endless hours in front of a screen. On weekends I’m up at the crack of dawn, usually at the local Home Hardware/Depot by 7am (yep I’m a reno-geek) coffee in hand,  and have half my “to do” list done by 10am. If I can at all help it I’m outside. We don’t watch TV – no time!! So when life gives us the usual challenges (many of which have occurred over the past 2 years) things like this website suffers. The priority list usually goes Andrew, family, Jessie, friends, boating, house renos, garden, admin/house cleaning laundry and well, you see where this is going. Oh yeah. Work fits in there but that is one of those constants. How you folk with kids manage during stressed time lines, I have no clue. Hats off to you.


I warn you now, these will be a long posts that I will enter under different titles. So those of you with “magazine scanning” attention spans should perhaps pace yourselves with one paragraph a day.

Let’s see. If we go by chronological order the following posts will highlight what we have done/seen this year.



Helipress Paddle TV

Heliconia has added a new form of media in their goody bag!  Paddle TV, which features all kinds of short clips on kayaking, sea kayaking, kayak fishing and, of course, canoeing!

Check out this link to see instruction clips from our Canoeing video (full video available through Helipress – second icon found on left side bar of this page)

Once there, you can also click on CanoeTV found under the video screen for more clips.


Amazing Summer!!

No complaints here about the weather we had over the summer.  It will be hard to beat!

Andrew and I have been fairly busy but are now starting to spend time catching up with life. Quick synopsis of the summer:

  • Paddle Canada’s New Canoe Instructor Courses get underway (story coming soon)
  • Andrew gets knee surgery and recovers enough to paddle in the ACA Nationals – with great results (more later including my “recovery” races – and yes there are medals)
  • Vacationing on Les Iles de la Madeleine
  • Great courses given for MKC, and for the YMCCC
  • Visitors from  Belgium
  • Meeting wonderful people along the way!

And now looking forward to good fall paddling on the Moose and Independance next month!



Paddle Canada Canoe Instructor Clinic out West!

May 27 – 30 saw instructors from across Alberta, and some from BC through to Manitoba, meet at Canoe Meadows along the spectacular Kananakis River.  Bringing together nearly 40 instructors and skills candidates, Paddle Alberta hosts wanted to create momentum for the new Paddle Canada Moving Water Instructional Program.  The success of the weekend could be measured by the numerous certifications by beginner to advanced skills candidates as well as new Instructors and Instructor Trainers.


Our hosts were most generous with lots of delicious food including hot soups which warded off the cold temperatures and accumulating snow.  Undaunted, padders took to the many eddies and roller coaster wave trains with snow capped mountains in the background and paddle wielding snowman in the foreground.


The weekend was a terrific success with regard to the new PC program, but most of all I bring home thoughts of new friends and a keen desire to paddle again on the Kananaska River.