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I love when cool technology comes together. Huntsville, Ontario resident, Ben Carlin started up a new company this past Spring called Intrepid360 with the aim to combine 360 degree video and marketing. He recently partnered up with Algonquin Outfitters to demonstrate the immersive and very powerful form of video by taking us on a family canoe day trip in Algonquin Park. You might recognize blogger, Jennifer Johnson and her family from the site, Backcountry with the Kids. Watch the video below, move your mouse around and visit Algonquin Park in just over 3 minutes.
I love this old footage from 1949 showing the demonstration of a game of canoe polo at a local boat regatta. To both the untrained and trained eye it looks like total chaos but at the same time a serious boatload of fun.
I got a pleasant surprise in the old email box the other day when I discovered that Jeff's Map has released a brand new map for Temagami region as well as a major update to his Killarney Provincial Park and surrounding area. If you are an Ontario paddler who hasn't tapped into the amazing resources that Jeff produces and makes available absolutely free on his website you are missing out for sure. They are easily the cleanest and most comprehensive canoe/kayak route maps out there today. Also, in many cases they are more accurate than the official park maps themselves (I'm looking at you Algonquin Park Canoe Map). The Temagami canoe map is filled with a pile of relevant information for canoeists including: thousands of campsites and portages hundreds of canoe routes crown land ice cold springs historic ruins fire towers historic ranger cabins other notes of interest Also, the northern and western extremes of Temagami region are fully documented for the first time. Sea Kayakers will be happy with the updates to version 2.0 of his Killarney Provincial Park Map which now includes more detailed information for the Georgian Bay area just south of the park. As I mentioned Jeff makes all his maps available for free to anybody who wants to view or print them off yourself (ahem, the colour printer at work) but he also makes them available for a small charge if you wanted to order it on waterproof paper. One cool thing is that 5% of all sales of the new Temagami map is donated to Friends of Temagami who do a great job lobbying to protect that area. More information: Temagami, Killarney, Algonquin Park Map Credits: Jeff's Maps
With summer slowly winding to a close is it time to put your sea kayak away for the season? Heaven's no! In fact, I would argue that early fall is one of the best times of the year to get out kayaking. Sure, the air is cooler (but you can dress for that) but there are less power boaters out on the water and with the fall winds blowing you will find waves and surf (if that’s your thing). For those who do love getting out in rough water (or those who aspire to) make sure that you get yourself registered for the Gales Storm Gathering taking place October 3-5 taking place in Munising, Michigan. Now in its 4th year, the Gales Storm Gathering has proven to be one of the premier rough-water paddling events in North America drawing paddlers from all over the country. Registration is filling fast so get on it pronto. Everything you need to know can be found here. Sadly I can't attend this year due to a new boss who has decided to follow HR's rules and actually keep track of staff vacation days but it's on my schedule next year for sure. Booo to following work rules... Photo credit: Gales Storm Gathering
Here is a tip to all you would-be kayak thieves out there. If you steal a hand-made wooden kayak, don't offer to sell it back to the owner when they approach you at your local beach. The Bellingham Herald has the full story: The kayak was stolen some time overnight July 7 from the roof of the [Washington state] victim's vehicle. The woman reported it missing July 8 and told police the kayak had wooden inlay all over it [similar to the kayak pictured above]. Then on July 27, the owner was at Howard Amon Park in Richland putting people into kayaks when she saw her own kayak on the water. The woman reported that Luke paddled up to the beach and offered to let her buy the kayak, court documents said. She identified the kayak as belonging to her, then asked someone to call Richland police. When officers arrived, she showed them a picture of the stolen kayak which matched the one that Luke was trying to sell, documents said. He claimed he had seen the kayak earlier on top of a car and wanted it, so he told a man named "Nick" to steal it for him and in exchange Nick would get a bicycle from Luke. Photo credit: Creative Commons licensed (BY) flickr photo by dwstucke: http://flickr.com/photos/dwstucke/163371145

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