Some fifty-odd canoeists and kayakists collected on Lake Ontario last night to show some local water-based support for Canada’s Olympic canoe and kayak teams.
The get-together, brainstormed over beers by Jeff Needham of the Complete Paddler and David Newland, included paddlers from the Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre, The Complete Paddler, Canoe.ca, and the Virtual Voyageurs Canoe Club. The group congregated on the shore at 5:30 and spent two hours paddling around the lake and islands, stopping only when patriotism demanded it.
Newland, the newly-appointed Editor-in-Chief of fittingly-titled news site Canoe.ca, was hoping that the stunt would help Torontonians consider the beauty of their city, “rather than pining for the wilderness.” For now, though, his biggest goal is using the SunMedia empire he’s part of to get word of the paddle out to the athletes in Beijing. Someone should also tell Olympic silver medalist Jason Burnett that we fully intend to seek out a trampoline and jump on it ecstatically. For Canada.
Photo by Jeff Needham