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PostPosted: October 31st, 2014, 2:22 am 
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Hi Folks,
Well, plans are well underway for the 2015 Saskatchewan Paddling Symposium. The inaugural 2014 event was a tremendous success and we want to do it again and build on what we started. The details are still being worked out, but here's some of what we know so far:


  • Location: Prairieland Park, Saskatoon, SK
  • When: Saturday, April 25th, 2015
  • What: A celebration of all forms of paddling, with an eye to the future as well as the typical canoe tripping stuff. We really want to incorporate some opportunities for learning this year through demonstrations and such.


We are tossing around a number ideas for speakers, presentations and formats and are quite a way off from putting together a program. But, it will be awesome. Ideally, we'd also like the event to start Friday evening and certainly it will include lots of chances to socialize with other paddlers.

Please check out our facebook page and give us a "like" to help us keep folks up to date: https://www.facebook.com/saskpaddlingsymposium

And, we now have a twitter account so you might as well follow us there too: https://twitter.com/SaskPaddling

Cheers,
Bryan, Co-chair of the Common Currents Paddling Association (the brand new non-profit putting on this event)

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PostPosted: October 31st, 2014, 4:19 pm 
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Hi Bryan,

I moved this to the events section. Looks like a great event!


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PostPosted: October 31st, 2014, 7:00 pm 
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Thanks Martin, my mistake, I meant to put it there in the first place.
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PostPosted: November 3rd, 2014, 1:48 pm 
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Please keep us up-to-date as things progress.

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PostPosted: December 16th, 2014, 12:50 am 
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The symposium now has a logo!

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PostPosted: January 20th, 2015, 4:48 pm 
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Things are coming along nicely for the Saskatchewan Paddling Symposium, though I'm kinda surprised (not entirely though) at how much work it is to put on a great event.

We are finalizing a lot of details, chief among them being our keynote speaker. We have someone great lined up and now we just need to finalize the details. Hopefully we can make an announcement about that in the coming week or so.

So, just wanted to post here to remind people about the event and mention that things are coming along nicely. Please consider joining our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/saskpaddlingsymposium

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PostPosted: February 4th, 2015, 1:35 pm 
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Hi folks, I have an update to add that I'm pretty excited about. We have just announced the details of our keynote speaker headlining the event on Saturday evening:

Karsten Heuer
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Karsten will be presenting about his cross-Canada odyssey, Finding Farley.

Finding Farley
Dissatisfied with the idea of going to visit literary hero, Farley Mowat, by car or airplane, author Karsten Heuer and filmmaker Leanne Allison set off from Alberta with their two-year-old toddler on a cross-Canada canoe and sailing trip that eventually took them to Mowat's Nova Scotia farm. Heuer shares stories, slides and film clips from the 5-month pilgrimage, as well as conversations with the late Mr. Mowat, and reflects on the role of elders, the influence of Nature on our children, and the persistence of stories in landscape.


[youtube]https://youtu.be/5Q0xAK6BK9o[/youtube]

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Karsten Heuer is wildlife biologist, park ranger, author and conservationist who, for the past decade, has spent much of his time following some of North America’s most endangered wildlife on foot and skis. In 1998 and 1999 he walked and skied from Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming to Canada’s Yukon Territory to highlight a proposal for a 3,400-kilometre-long system of wildlife corridors and core reserves (the Y2Y Conservation Initiative). In 2003, he again set off on skis and foot with his wife, Leanne Allison, and, for 5 months, followed the Porcupine Caribou Herd from their Yukon winter range to endangered Alaskan calving grounds and back. And in 2007 the couple set off with their toddler to canoe and sail across the country to visit author Farley Mowat before he died. Heuer is the author of two best-selling books (Walking the Big Wild and Being Caribou), and is the recipient of the National Outdoor Book Award, the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, and the Wilburforce Conservation Leadership Award. He lives in Canmore, Alberta with his wife and son and runs the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y).


Tickets will be availble at local paddling shops closer to the event, or, you can buy them now online at http://www.saskpaddlingsymposium.com/
(p.s. Buying your tickets in advance will help us cover some of our upfront costs, and will be greatly appreciated.)

See you on April 25th!

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PostPosted: March 26th, 2015, 1:59 pm 
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PostPosted: March 26th, 2015, 2:20 pm 
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Thanks for the bump Barbara. One month to go, April 25th is coming fast!

We now have our speaker line-up to share with the world - find the full list, links and more details here: https://sites.google.com/a/saskpaddling ... onstrators

Karsten Heuer will be giving the keynote address in the evening. See the post above for all the details, or go to https://sites.google.com/a/saskpaddling ... ts/keynote

Kathleen & Michael Pitt - Canoeing the Seal River
https://sites.google.com/a/saskpaddling ... seal-river
(Books will be available for sale.)
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Miriam Körner and Quincy Miller (Paws n' Paddles) - Into the Barrens by Dog Team and Canoe
https://sites.google.com/a/saskpaddling ... wsnpaddles
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Ric Driediger - The Future of Canoeing
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Ross Philips - Cross Canada Canoe Odyssey
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Nancy Golden, Golden Yoga - SUP Yoga demo
Cliff Speer, CanoeSki Discovery Company - map & compass
Nancy Perry, Boreal Forest Guides - animal awareness
Jimmy MacDonald, Pawistik Resources & CRCO - Whitewater hazards
Escape Sports - SUP demo
Saskatoon Canoe Club - marathon paddling stroke improvement

April 25, 2015, Prairieland Park, Saskatoon
Tickets $15, available at the door or in advance at various local paddling shops or online at http://www.saskpaddlingsymposium.com

*** Buying your tickets in advance helps us pay the bills and plan. :) ***

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I had considered it but unfortunately I'm on the organizing team of a work conference on April 24.

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PostPosted: April 8th, 2015, 1:12 pm 
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I haven't heard specifically about anyone from Manitoba, but I would love to have a few from our neighbouring provinces. I am expecting a few from the Cold Lake area on the Alberta side.
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We have been getting a very nice collection of items donated for our silent auction! Plus, we've assembled what I think is a pretty great collection of raffle prizes. Can't make it to the symposium? Don't worry, you can buy your tickets online!

Buy your raffle tickets and see all the details here: https://sites.google.com/a/saskpaddling ... le-auction

  • Grand Prize, Guided Fly-in Canoe Trip with Ric Driediger from Churchill River Canoe Outfitters
  • Runner-Up Prize, Canoe Lessons from CanoeSki Discovery Company + $300 MEC Gift Card
  • Runner-Up Prize, Two Four Hour "Learn to Canoe Workshops," and Two Paddles from Maskwa Paddles
  • Runner-Up Prize, Two Learn-to-SUP packages from Escape Sports

The silent auction alone is going to be worth the price of admission:
  • Kayaking package with a Wedge Throw Line, Bungy Paddle Leash and Small Mesh Deck Bag (valued at $110) by North Water
  • Kayak lesson (valued at $180) Coldspring Paddling Instruction (that's me)
  • Handmade wool camp socks (valued at $50)
  • Recreation and marathon memberships (valued at $50 each), and club and t-shirts donated by the Saskatoon Canoe Club
  • White water paddling lesson from Pawistik (Jim MacDonald) (not me)
  • Kid's Camping Package from Montreal River Outpost
  • Weekend Passes to the Ness Creek Music Festival
  • Drybag of camping essentials from Classic Outdoors
  • Shirts, coffee press and coffee grinder from Portageur.ca
  • Canoe & kayak keychains from Kingdom Outdoor Products
  • Sun hat, print and light from Cabelas
  • Trail Ride from Sturgeon River Ranch
  • Maps from GoTrekkers
  • Stained glass artwork from Lynette Chubb of Acrylart.ca - who many here should recognize
  • Wilderness First Aid course from Boreal Forest Guides
  • Food and camping items from Thrive Life Cold Lake
  • Dry duffle bag from The North Face Store Saskatoon
  • Books from Greystone Books
  • Rod, reel & tackle bag from the Fishin' Hole
  • Leave No Trace goodie package courtesy of the Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association
    And MORE!!!

It's going to be a great day! :thumbup:

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