The nominees for the annual Canoe & Kayak Awards have just been announced and who do we find buried in amongst a wave of whitewater paddlers? Why none other than fellow Paddle Canada sea kayak instructor and Hurricane Rider, Rowan Gloag.

I don't want to tell you how to vote but when checking the radio button for your favourite, don’t forget, his name is Rowan Gloag.

You can vote here: canoekayak.com

Image credit: thrrowan.blogspot.ca

Why are there no Salmon in the Upper Columbia River? What can we do about that? What are the options?

Sea to Source is the first episode in a series of short films following the journey up the Columbia River in 5 dugout canoes that were hand carved by 1000’s of students.

The journey is about getting people reconnected with the history and culture of the Columbia River as well as the salmon that was once prolific before the creation of the Grand Coulee and Chief Joseph Dams.

Hap tip goes to Conor for the lead.

More info: voyagesofrediscovery.blogspot.ca

Scary bird on backyard...

Sign #122 that you don’t spend enough time in nature: You don’t know the difference between a bird and a barbeque cover.

Credit: criggo.com

This is not a story you want to have happen on your trip. Students on a class canoe trip paddling down the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon got a shock last Tuesday when they discovered a body in the river.

The chief coroner is working to identify the remains and foul play is not suspected.

The local public school board has offered counselling to any student on the trip who needs it.

More info: nationalpost.com

Flickr Photo Credit: AttributionNoncommercial Some rights reserved by damiengabrielson.com

If your looking for a unique gift to give to a paddling buddy or yourself, check out this sea kayak keychain cleverly named the Keyak.

Manufactured in Europe and made of PVC, they come in 5 colours, blue, green, orange, red and yellow. The great thing is that the MSRP is only $5.99 so it won’t break the bank.

Along with being a pretty nifty key chain, I think they would also make a great compact teaching aid for topics like navigation, surfing, currents or really time you would naturally look for a small stick to illustrate your lesson.

Keyak Keychain on a Nautical Chart

My buddy, Alan Drummond is just in the process of setting up distribution so if you own a paddling shop, you should drop him a note and bring them in.

If you are interested in buying one you can also buy direct from Alan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the Keyak Facebook page for more info.

If you thought that the campfire you built last summer was big, check this out.

The photo is from an attempt to build the world's biggest bonfire in 2012. I’m not sure if they beat their old record from 2010 in which they constructed a monster 40 meters high. Apparently nobody was hurt in the photo but everybody seems to be standing a bit close for my liking. Maybe it's the Viking way.

Looks like the people of Ålesund, Norway have been fans of burning stuff on midsummer's eve since at least 1954 as evidenced this by this very cool photo history page.

BTW - Good nerdy quote found on the video youtube page by MrEdJepson: THE BEACONS ARE LIT! Gondor calls for aid.

If you have June 22 free on your calendar you should really consider making your way to Peterborough Ontario and visit the Small Craft Rendezvous currently being organized by the Canadian Canoe Museum.

It’s going to be a jam-packed day celebrating all things small craft including demonstrations of canoe canvassing by Carlisle Canoes, back-country cooking, tool sharpening by Lee Valley Tools and wood bending Michael Fortune.

What makes this event unique from pretty much everything else in the paddling world is that your MC for the day is actor, woodworker, canoe builder and all-round funny guy, Nick Offerman. You might remember him from the TV show, Parks and Recreation.

Check out this quick promotional video for Deep Cove Canoe & Kayak centre in North Vancouver, British Columbia. There is just something about aerial video that makes paddling look like the most relaxing activity in the world.

Watch the whole thing then watch the opening shot again. That big, sweeping single shot is brilliant.

I’m here to help you get through your Friday so just keep this page open all afternoon. A word of warning though, keep an eye out for your boss as your productively is guaranteed to plummet.

campfire

The Delorme inReach SE

Delorme, makers of the two-way satellite communicator, inReach have released a major update to the unit. Now called the inReach SE, the biggest change is the addition of a built-in colour screen and virtual keyboard making it even easier to send and receive messages to loved ones back home.

The biggest advantage to the new screen is that you no longer need to specifically pair the unit (via Bluetooth) to a smartphone to be able to receive texts as the old unit and now does it all by itself. That being said, you still have the ability to connect to your smartphone to manage all messages if you want.

The new inReach SE is now just under ½ the thickness as before so it will be easier to fit in your lifejacket pocket (I always felt the old version to be a little chunky).

As with the older inReach models you can use it to trigger an SOS and communicate back and forth with the search and rescue centre or set-up automatic tracking and share your current location with friends/family or social media.

The MSRP is $299 plus a minimum monthly subscription that starts at $14.95. The nice thing with Delorme's subscription plan is you can easily suspend or cancel the service during the off-season when you are realistically just going to get lost at the mall.

More info: inreachcanada.com

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