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Paddling in Yellowknife

Situated on the Northern shore of the Great Slave Lake in Canada, Yellowknife is the capital city of the Northwest territories and its biggest community. When gold was found in the vicinity in 1934, the city became popular for its mining potential. Yellowknife seems to have maintained this reputation as, from 1991, people began to mine diamonds.

Yellowknife’s population of around 20,000, is made up of a diverse range of ethnicities. Of the 11 languages officially spoken in the northwestern territories, 5 are spoken in Yellowknife. The area is described by the lonely planet as “friendly, multicultural, subarctic” (Yellowknife is only around 250 miles from the arctic circle). It is popular all year round whether summer or winter, and a wide range of activities can be enjoyed including dog sledding, hiking, golf and fishing. Yellowknife is also described as an ideal location to see the beautiful northern lights.

Why Yellowknife is popular for paddling

Being so close to the great slave lake makes Yellowknife an ideal place for paddling. The surrounding area plays host to a variety of lakes and rivers which give visitors the opportunity to test their skills in the water. Various routes are available for tourists; ranging from one-day trips, to longer (weekend plus) trips, if you have the time. On many of the routes, there is also campground allowing more ambitious tourists to be close to nature for the night, before setting off to get their thrills in the water the next day.

One factor which makes Yellowknife’s paddling experience popular, is the breath-taking scenery. Words only have a limited effect, so, for a taste of the Yellowknife experience, it is worth watching one of the many videos such as:

. Watch the sun beaming down on the canoer as he negotiates his way around the rocks and other hazards. The still weather shows how scenic his journey is as the clear skies place him in the spotlight. You will also notice the dense wilderness around him – touring Yellowknife can feel like you are exploring previously unchartered territory.

Paddling routes near Yellowknife

Luckily for tourists,, Yellowknife has been explored and routes have been suggested by various outdoor activity organisations to enable you to safely explore the environment. Check out some of the routes at Overlander Sports who provide you with a guide as to how you can experience Yellowknife at its most impressive, whether you are staying for a short or long period of time. The website provides useful advice for experienced paddlers, explaining the best routes for camping, and warning of the potential hazards caused by the weather.

Kayak lessons in Yellowknife

Before embarking on the big trips, however, it is sensible to learn your form of transport as best you can! Naturally, Yellowknife has a range of organisations who are able to offer assistance. The Visit Yellowknife website has some good information under ‘things to do’, including information on where you can rent canoes and kayaks. Kayak lessons are ideal for beginners, children and those that haven’t paddled in a while.

Paddle boarding lessons

A more modern form of water transportation, is known as paddle-boarding. This can be done in a variety of ways. The board is placed in the water, and you can then choose how you balance on the board, depending on your level of ambition. Many people begin by lying on the board, and paddling using their arms to travel on the water. Other, more daring participants stand on the board and use paddles to transport themselves. There are a wide range of board options to choose from, including the relatively new inflatable options which are proving popular amongst river paddlers because they can withstand knocking into rocks and pebbles.

Or, if you want to progress from lying down, try kneeling on the board and use either your arms or paddles to move! Whichever method you adopt, paddle-boarding can be enormously fun and as your group may consist of different ability levels, you can all participate in the activity at the same time, making it an ideal group activity.

Yellowknife provides lessons for paddle-boarding. Check out the video below from Old Town Paddle for a general overview of stand up paddling in the area.

Once mastered, stand up paddle can be an incredible way of travelling along the water to take in the breathtaking scenery that Yellowknife has to offer. If you can create a good technique, you will find yourself moving along swiftly; barely paying attention to the water moving in front of you. What a fantastically, relaxing way of getting fit whilst exploring the great outdoors!

Whichever method you choose to explore Yellowknife, ensure that you use one that you are comfortable with and suits your skillset and levels of fitness. If you want to progress your skills, why not learn them in between visits as we can guarantee that you will not be able to see all of Yellowknife during a short stay. Come back next year and participate in the full experience (perhaps including camping) and it is quite possible that you will not even consider holidaying anywhere else in the future. With the wilderness decreasing on a day by day basis, be sure to check Yellowknife out while you can.

Kidney foundation Canada

Paddlers Promoting Organ and Tissue Donation

The key goal of paddlers promoting organ and tissue donation in Canada is to help create more awareness about a disease that is affecting the masses. Kidney diseases are quite prevalent and the reported cases continue to rise as days go by. And unless we take concerted effort, many people will continue to succumb to its effect. One of the organizations that are at the forefront in the war against kidney-related ailments is the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

What the Kidney Foundation of Canada Does

The mission of Kidney Foundation of Canada is to create more awareness about kidney health and help people affected by the disease lead a better life. The organization is comprised of volunteers, donors, employed staff members and people already living with the disease.

Focus is primary placed on people suffering from kidney-related ailments and those at risk of contracting the ailment. The Foundation is incorporated under the Canadian Law and is registered as a charity as per the Income Tax Act. It relies on its extensive network that is spread across Canada to reach out to affected people and provide various services and programs.

Why It Is Worth Supporting

By supporting the foundation, you help in providing the following:

Hope

As a volunteer, sponsor, employee or partner, you give affected or those at risk of getting kidney new reason to live. This is delivered through education, making it possible to seek timely treatment and also encouraging people to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

Support

Individuals living with a kidney disease as well as their spouses require support that comes in form of financial, social, emotional, healthcare and wellness. Funds and donations raised through various campaigns help to cater for all these plus more.

Empowerment

You also play a role in empowering afflicted individuals to have a positive outlook on life and to continue living well even if they already are suffering. With proper motivation and encouragement, a person is able to seek early treatment, minimize more exposure and prevent new eruptions.

How You Can Donate

As a stand up paddler, you may also choose to play a role in combating the kidney disease scourge. Do you know that demand for transplant outweighs the supply? Also are you aware that more than 80% of the victims are currently on the waiting list? You can offer a helping hand by donating organs from loved ones, financial assistance for treatment such as dialysis, spreading information, participating in campaign drives as well as financial assistance. For more information about the Kidney Foundation of Canada and its services you may visit https://www.kidney.ca. The website also provides details on the different programs and how you can contact the organization.

A Closer Look At the Reel Paddling Film Festival

 

There aren’t as many film festivals that are quite as unique as the Reel Paddling Film Festival. This is a festival that tours all around the United States and Canada and showcases paddling videos.

The Main Concept

The key concept of the Reel Paddling Film Festival is that it is about the amazing activity of boat paddling. It entails traveling around rivers, lakes and other vast bodies of water.

The films in the festival are about exploring the lifestyle of outdoor travel and how amazing the natural world truly is. It entails many films that bring people out to different paddling destinations around North America and even other spaces around the world.

A Great History

The Reel Paddling Film Festival has been in operation since 2006. It has grown over the years from being a festival based predominantly out of Ottawa into one that travels around the continent. The festival has grown to include many great sponsors including Ontario Travel, the Canadian Canoe Museum and American Canoe Association among others.

What Films Are There?

The films highlighted at the festival include ones that highlight many important aspects of paddling. There are traditional documentaries about paddling as well as adventure travel. Instructional films are included in many forms.

Some films are designed to help people learn more about the many specific types of paddling activities they can get into. These include standup paddleboarding and sea kayaking among others. Some videos are even about fishing while canoeing. The adventures highlighted in these films about canoeing provide inspiration for the audience to take a fresh look at the sport and perhaps give a new angle a try.

Where Is the Festival?

The Reel Paddling Film Festival organization is always updating its list of places where the films are displayed at. The festival travels to many spots in the United States where paddling and outdoor sports are often found in. These include places like Ohio, Washington state and northern Illinois among other unique spots.

Most of the places that the festival travels to are in Canada. The festival travels into places all around Ontario and British Columbia for the most part but it also gets into many other provinces. The festival even makes it to Northwest Territories, a part of Canada where many of the most beautiful and pristine waters for paddling can be found.

The thrill of paddling is alive and well all around the continent. The Reel Paddling Film Festival is an occasion that highlights many paddle related thrills and makes us what to get out and explore our boundaries.

Screen grabbed from ReelPaddlingFilmFest Youtube

Upcoming Events

Folks I haven’t quite figured out whats next on our agenda, but something will come up I’m sure. I know that we will be hosting a New Years Swim as it is a nice little tradition and we have booked the Reel Paddling Flim Festival a gain this spring.

Between these two events we will have the General Annual Meeting and that will point us in the direction for the next year.

How much and what we can do is totally dependant on the funds that we raise so send your ideas this way. Consider joining and helping and we could get more done.

The concept behind this group was originally to include 3 events over a three year period. Little did we realize the support that Yellowknifer’s and others would throw behind us and now our first plan has been updated and revised (and how).