In the summer of 2011, my father (Andy) and I (Nick) completed a four day kayak trip along the Rideau Canal from Kingston to Perth Ontario. Although we didn’t have the opportunity to complete the second half of the journey that summer (from Perth to Ottawa, Ontario), the experience was a bittersweet reminder of how beautiful our country is, knowing that not everyone is fortunate enough to experience it as we did.
With the summer of 2012 fast approaching, we began to discuss the possibility of a second kayak trip. Our experience during the summer of 2011 made it possible to anticipate some of the obstacles that we would encounter, but this year seemed different somehow.
After several discussions, “Paddle for a Cause” was born. Through PaddleforaCause.ca, we will be promoting information about our yearly kayak trips in support of Prostate Cancer. We have both known individuals affected by prostate cancer, and would like to do our part toward supporting research and spreading awareness.
Paddle for a Cause 2012 was scheduled to place over an 18 day period from September 5th to 22nd. Starting in the Severn region (at Port Severn, Lock #45), we kayaked the Trent-Severn Waterway, ending in the Kawartha region at Peterborough’s Silver Bean Cafe. Despite being scheduled for 18 days, we arrived back in the Peterborough area on the 14th day. The fundraiser’s goal was $5,000, which was achieved on the 2nd day – $7,100 was raised in total. Read more…
Paddle For A Cause 2013 is scheduled to take place in September 2013. Starting in the Trent region, we will kayak the Trent-Severn Waterway, ending in the Kawartha region at Peterborough’s Silver Bean Cafe
The 2013 Paddle Route Map
View PaddleforaCause.ca 2013 Paddle Route Map in a larger map. Red balloons indicate locks along the Trent-Severn Waterway – Click for more details.
The 2013 Paddle Route Schedule
Below, you will see our daily schedule – Once the trip has begun, we will be posting updates using Twitter (@CausePaddlers) during and after each day’s paddle – recent tweets can be seen on the homepage. Where are we RIGHT NOW?
Prostate Cancer Awareness Week is September 17th – 23rd, we will be padding during this week.
Day 1 – Monday, Sept. 16th: Depart Trenton Bay at Bayshore Park – Lock through Locks #1 (Trenton Town), #2 (Sidney), #3 (Glen Miller), #4 (Batawa), #5 (Trent), and #6 (Frankford). Camp for the night at Lock #6. Day 1 distance ~11.7 km, total distance ~11.7 km.
Day 2 – Tuesday, Sept. 17th: Depart Lock #6 (Frankford) and lock through Locks #7 (Glen Ross) and #8 (Percy Reach). Camp for the night at Lock #8. Day 2 distance ~29 km, total distance ~40.7 km.
Day 3 – Wednesday, Sept. 18th: Depart Lock #8 (Percy Reach) and lock through Locks #9 (Meyers), #10 (Hagues Reach), #11/12 (Ranny Falls Flight Locks), #13 (Campbellford), #14 (Crowe Bay), #15 (Healey Falls), and #16/17 (Healey Falls Flight Lock). Camp for the night at Lock #16/17. Day 3 distance ~18.1 km, total distance ~58.8 km.
Day 4 – Thursday, Sept. 19th: Depart Lock #16/17 (Healey Falls Flight Lock) and lock through Lock #18 (Hastings). Camp for the night south of Lock #18 at Friendly Acres Resort. Day 4 distance ~23.8 km, total distance ~82.6km.
Day 5 – Friday, Sept. 20th: Depart Friendly Acres, south of Lock #18 (Hastings) and paddle to Otonabee River outlet into Rice Lake. Overnight at Sunshine Cove Resort 1.5 km north east of Otonabee River. Day 5 distance ~26.0 km, total distance ~108.6 km.
Day 6 – Saturday, Sept. 21st: Depart Sunshine Cover Resort and paddle up the Otonabee River to Lock #19 (Scotts Mills) and arrive at the Silver Bean Cafe in Peterborough, Ontario. Day 6 distance ~35.2 km, total distance ~144.8 km.
Day 7 – Sunday, Sept. 22nd: Float day for weather and other delays.
Fundraiser Finale – Sunday, Sept. 29th: Join Andy and Nick at Peterborough’s Silver Bean Cafe on September 29th at noon to celebrate the end of the fundraiser. Refreshments will be provided.
The Silver Bean Cafe: http://silverbeancafe.blogspot.ca/
The Peterborough Petes: http://www.gopetesgo.com/
Starbucks (at Chapters): http://www.starbucks.com/store/1028/
Peterborough Pedal & Paddle: https://www.facebook.com/PedalnPaddlePeterborough
Wild Rock Outfitters: http://www.wildrock.net/
The Canadian Canoe Museum: http://www.canoemuseum.ca/
Hot Yoga Peterborough: http://hotyogaptbo.com/
LiftLock and the River Boat Cruises: http://www.liftlockcruises.com/
Bending Branches: http://bendingbranches.com/
Backroad Mapbooks: http://www.backroadmapbooks.com/main/index.html
Ontario Out of Doors Magazine: http://www.oodmag.com/
Galaxy Cinemas Peterborough: http://www.cineplex.com/GalaxyPeterborough/
The Wolf 101.5 FM: http://www.thewolf.ca/
Kruz FM 100.5: http://www.kruzfm.ca/
Backpacker’s Pantry: http://www.backpackerspantry.com/
About the Trent-Severn Waterway
Parks Canada: http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/on/trentsevern/index.aspx