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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SUPing down South

Think you have to wait till spring to get back on the water? No way! Here are a few of the best places to SUP (and surf) down south where the air is warm, the drinks are delicious and the waves are sweet.

Sayulita, Mexico

Sayulita North End of Beach” by Carnaval King 08 , licensed under CC By 2.0

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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 🙂

Toronto’s Best Places to Stand Up Paddleboard

Looking for great places to stand up paddleboard in Toronto? Look no further. I’ve discovered some of the best places to stand up paddle in the Toronto area from the City’s West end to the East end. Each place is a little different and they’re all located nearby.

WEST: Humber Bay

Photo by: Shannon M at PaddleWagon

Humber Bay is one of my favorite places to SUP. Located in Etobicoke, it’s a little further from downtown Toronto but the fantastic views of the CN Tower and city skyline make the trip absolutely worth it. Humber Bay consists of two parks – Humber Bay East and Humber Bay West separated by Mimico Creek. I prefer Humber Bay West as there is usually plenty of parking (pay parking) and many places to drop your board in. The water in Humber Bay always crystal clear – so clear that you’ll often come across scuba divers while you’re out paddling.

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Lagoon City

Lagoon City, Ontario is a boater’s paradise on Lake Simcoe comprised of – you guessed it – a series of lagoons. But chances are, you haven’t heard of it. This place keeps a low profile and probably for good reason – the people who live here want to keep it their little secret.

Photo by: Shannon M at PaddleWagon

Lagoon City is an urban planning marvel and the 1960s brainchild of Hungarian engineer Andrew Zsolt. It’s a canal-side community with a mix of single-family homes and condos complete with a marina, sailing club and easy access to Lake Simcoe. I would describe it as a modern Venice, Italy or an alligator-less Fort Lauderdale.

My friend and fellow paddler, Alison, and I had seen a few pictures of this mysterious place and couldn’t let another summer go by without checking it out by paddle board. In late September this year, we made the hour and a half trek from Toronto to Lagoon City.

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