Why you should go SUPing in Bronte

The Bronte area of Oakville, Ontario is a real gem and here’s why you should put it on your “places to SUP” list:

Feels like a tropical oasis in the North: with crystal clear water and a white sand bottom, you’d almost think you were somewhere tropical…until you jump in the water.

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Here I am enjoying the beautiful water at Bronte, Oakville, Ontario. Photo by: Shannon at PaddleWagon.


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Cold water paddle – update 2

First February paddle ever! We did it right this time – full wetsuit, neoprene gloves and booties…..and a beautiful new board 🙂 Big shout out to the fabulous ladies at SurfOntario who helped us get all geared up for our cold water paddle.

Bronte Beach, Oakville. Photo by: ShannonM at PaddleWagon

Paddling with dolphins (in the wild!)

I’ve been back from Mexico for a couple of weeks now and I’m just coming down from my vacation high. Sayulita, Mexico is simply amazing – laid back, beautiful scenery, delicious food, and the diversity of a big city. Loved it! And did I mention, some dolphins found us while we were out paddling in the bay?!! Check out my video (sorry for the bad video quality, I was too freakin’ excited about the dolphins!)


SUP with your Pup

Brazil celebrates dogs who love to SUP with a Stand Up Paddle Dog Tournament!

I’m not sure if you could find two better things to pair together than puppies and stand up paddleboarding. The only thing that could make this pairing any better would be to add in a warm, tropical location. Oh wait. They did that. Rio de Janeiro hosts a stand up paddleboarding tournament for dogs! Who’s coming with me?

Down by the (Saugeen) River

For my birthday this year, my friends didn’t just plan me a surprise birthday party; they surprised me with a 23-kilometer paddle down the Saugeen River! I couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate my youth 😉 . The Saugeen River trek was one that I had talked about doing for some time but had never managed to organize myself. I’m lucky to have such great friends who executed a flawless paddle adventure.

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Saugeen River. Photo by: Shannon at PaddleWagon

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SUP is for Stand Up Paddle…Board?

I am a self-professed grammar and spelling nerd and it irks me that I do not know the correct term for stand-up paddle(boarding). There is absolutely no consistent approach out there – sometimes ‘board’ is included, sometimes it’s not; sometimes standup is one word, sometimes it’s not. Even on this very blog, I’m guilty of throwing around different terms. I decided to do some research.

Photo by: Shannon at PaddleWagon – Humber Bay, Toronto

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November Paddling – Update

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Photo by: Shannon M at PaddleWagon – Bronte Marina, Oakville, Ontario

In my blog post last week, I noted that I bought some new cold water paddling gear, including surf booties and neoprene gloves, and would provide an update when I got out for a fall paddle. I’m happy to report that last weekend I made it out onto Lake Ontario (SUPing in mid-November…I was so excited :)) and had the opportunity to try out the new gear. My two friends and I started out near the Water’s Edge Park near the Bronte Marina in Oakville, Ontario. The water here is so clear and the white sand bottom made it look nearly tropical. It was a beautiful day. The unseasonably warm weather rendered the gloves unnecessary this time around, however, the surf booties were fantastic. They kept my feet dry and warm. I would recommend them for anyone who is considering paddling in cold water at any time of year. Stay tuned for more updates on the cold water paddles as the weather gets colder 🙂

Cold Water Paddling

This is the time of year when I tend to hide inside with a bowl Golden Grahams watching re-runs of House Hunters International while simultaneously looking up cheap flights to somewhere south. I must admit, Southern Ontarians have been spoiled this year with some pretty great autumn weather and this is making me dread the ball-busting, wet winter Lake Ontario winds even more than usual. Being cold is probably one of the things I hate the most, but I’ve made it my mission this year to embrace the cold weather and get outside….and on the water.

Photo by: Shannon M at PaddleWagon
Photo by: Shannon M at PaddleWagon

In order to get ready for some cold water paddling, I’ve invested in some key pieces of equipment. Firstly, surf booties were a must-buy. The rubber sole and neoprene (wet suit material) upper helps keep the water out and the toes dry. The second item on my to-buy list was a pair of neoprene gloves which, like the booties, help keep the hands warm and dry. For the remainder of the cold water gear, I managed to make do with some existing stuff – including a waterproof shell jacket and lightweight, full-length yoga pants.

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