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16 April 2014
PADDLENEWS: The Weekly Newsletter of  
Explore NW Ontario
Thunder Bay Tourism


by: Fat Elmo

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 • Kayaker Shot on Maryland Creek
 • Ignored dugout canoe now a 1000-year-old rarity
 • Have kayak, will paddle... in the front lawn?

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Folbot Added to Boat Buyers' Guide
Folbot logo Folbot makes kayaks that fold into convenient backpacks so you can toss it in your trunk and be out on the water within ten minutes of getting to your destination. With over 80 years in business and a 100% satisfaction guarantee, Folbot boats have been proven and loved by many paddlers. See their unique, foldable boats that are now available to view, research and compare in the Boat Buyers' Guide.

Preparation and Paddling Group Dynamics
Group Paddling Are you planning a group canoeing or kayaking trip this year? Remember that each paddler's abilities, experience levels, overall awareness and even attitudes will play a vital role in the success or failure of a group expedition. Here are a few things to help you safely manage, and plan your adventure.

Join Paddling Perks: Best Time to Join
Paddling Perks!
If you haven't joined Paddling Perks yet, now is the best time ever to join! Join today and your membership will be valid until Nov. 1, 2015 - over 17 months for the price of 12!

How to Paddle Backwards in a Canoe
Paddling Canoe Moving backwards in a canoe is one of the more challenging things to do. You can't easily see where you're going, and you need to use strokes that you won't use on a regular basis. Well, get some tips on this skill by watching this short video which discusses the technique for both a tandem canoe and a solo boat.

New Product Announcement
Matrix 100X Angler kayak by Pelican International
Matrix 100X Angler
The Matrix is a stylish, agile, compact kayak designed for small to medium build paddlers. Its shallow v-chine hull promotes manoeuvrability and will please those looking for performance beyond the beginner level. Well appointed, the Matrix is as much a treat for the eyes as it is a pleasure to paddle. The Matrix 100X Angler, appointed with all of the basic fishing features, is perfect for the casual angler.

Winners of the 3-Boat Sweepstakes!
Congratulations to the winners of the recently concluded Sweepstakes! Michael Hartweck of Concord, NH won the PakCanoe 160 from PakBoats; Steve Tines from Richfield Springs, NY won the Liberty 100X Angler kayak from Pelican International; David Smith from Slaton, TX won the NC17 Quest LT touring kayak from NC Kayaks. The boat prizes were packaged with some great accessories like Security Cables from Lasso Security Cables, Gear Bags from Aquapac, Camping Meals from Camp Chow, storage racks from Talic, and paddles from AquaBound or Bending Branches. Thanks to everyone who entered and stay alert for the next sweepstakes starting up very soon!

In The Same Boat: Ruminations on Oatmeal
Who would have imagined that oatmeal would be a hot topic among paddlers? Tamia certainly wouldn't have. But when her column on homemade instant oatmeal resulted in a healthy serving of reader mail, she figured she ought to pass on what she'd learned from all the letters. So that's what she's doing this week at In the Same Boat. If readers are "Feeling Their Oats," Tamia can't help but take notice. That's alimentary, right?

Trips Directory Spotlight
Luxury Base Camp Kayak Tour (British Columbia)
by Go With The Flow Kayak Adventures
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This remote wilderness luxury base camp is located in the Discovery Islands, British Columbia. The central location allows you to explore three unique provincial marine parks and return to the comfortable base camp each evening.

Kayak Photo Product Review Spotlight
Scrambler kayak by Ocean Kayak
The Scrambler tracks well. It paddles easy. It is light weight. The ride is a bit slow and wet but compared to the Frenzy it is a rocket ship. I really like fishing out of it in the bay and the ocean. I had flush mounted rod holders installed behind the seat. Rating 10 of 10 by jersey joe
Read more reviews or get more info on the Scrambler kayak.

MurmurationA Starling Surprise!
Two paddlers in Ireland witness one of nature's most amazing phenomenon as they canoe underneath a huge flock of starlings flying in unison and doing a coordinated wave dance across the sky. Watch this beautiful scene unfold in this video!

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