Walk A Mile in My Wet Shoes – PowerPoint Presentation
Ancient Native Portage Trails Project
A Special Project
Canoe kayak NB
The extensive PowerPoint presentation will provide a historical & geographical understanding of the project to restore six (6) ancient native portage trails in New Brunswick.
The New Brunswick waterways & landscape make it clear why the canoe propelled by either or both the pole and the paddle, was the quintessential instrument of travel in New Brunswick. The transformation of birchbark to the simplistic and beautiful birchbark canoe was fundamental to travel through the skilled adaptability of native peoples.
The viewer will be witness to some of the breath of the work to date, since the formal commencement of the project in February 2008, as well as future work required and an expanded future vision. Some verbal direction can be provided to assist the viewer with directions to consider utilizing a portage trial for a terrific outdoor experience. The presentation aims to inform and motivate; motivate viewers to re-create a living history, motivate viewers to walk, portage and/or paddle, motivate the viewer to walk a mile in my wet shoes.
Tuesday, March 19 @ 7:00pm
at the Rotary Lodge
in the St-Anselme Park (Dieppe)
Reel Paddling Film Festival!
March 23, 2013 at 6:30pm
MacLaggan Hall, UNB Campus in Fredericton
Tickets $12 in advance / $15 at the door
Purchase tickets at Westminster Books or
online at Ticket River (www.ticketriver.com/event/5934)
Hosted by ECO-Logical Adventures Inc
Lots of great door prizes provided by local companies including a kayak valued at $1,000.
At the film festival we will be showing the top paddling films of the year from around the world. The films include white water, sea kayaking, stand up paddling and canoeing. These films are rich in scenery, culture, music, and nature. With a diverse selection of films there is sure to be something for everyone.
To view film clips from previous years check outwww.reelpaddlingfilmfestival.c
Fundy Paddlers Canoe Dance Workshop with Becky Mason!
The Fundy Paddlers Club and Lily Lake Pavilion are very pleased to announce Becky Mason along with well known instructor Rory Matchett will be in Saint John, June 15thand 16th and have agreed to give a weekend workshop called “Style Canoe Dance Clinic”! Day one or Saturday will be for individual skill improvement in “Style Canoeing” and day two or Sunday will be for team dance or synchronization ending with a short public presentation of both paddlers and instructors!
The cost of the clinic is $250/p unless you are a member of the Fundy Paddlers Club, then $150/p.
$50 must be paid in advance by April 1st and the remainder by June 1st.
Prerequisite: basic solo canoe experience.
If you don’t have solo experience, there is time, go to the CKNB website and look for solo intro courses.
Contact the chair of the Style Canoe Dance firstname.lastname@example.org of your interest and questions.
The Fundy Paddlers mailing address is 580 Sand Cove Road, Saint john, E2M 3C4
Becky has indicated she may be available before the weekend to give some short 3 person mini dance clinics. These clinics would be adjusted to your paddling level. They are 2 hour duration and cost $75. Please contact me if interested email@example.com
We are putting together a list of interested people now and we will also start a standby list. The maximum number of confirmed people we are for looking for is 10 but that is subject to change. Confirmed means deposit is paid by April 1st.
Becky has a slideshow presentation called “Romantic Rails” …hoisting your canoe on a train and getting off where you want to canoe…It doesn’t get any better than that!J
Stay tuned for more information!
2013 Atlantic Paddling Symposium
It is that time of year folks! The Atlantic Paddling Symposium is now open. Early Bird registration ends March 21st. Sign up before then to be entered to win a Kokatat Watersports Wear Drysuit!! This is the 6th year for this great event to register please following the link below:
The Symposium is happening between May 10th – May 13th in Saint John, NB! For more information again please follow the link below:
4 Season Paddler Award!
Maritime DayTripping is sponsoring a new CanoeKayakNB Award
“The 4-Season Paddler”
A $15 Gift Certificate to Maritime DayTripping for documented evidence of paddling every month in 2013.
Criteria – Have to have documented (photos, witnessed accounts, Facebook Postings, etc…) evidence of paddling at least once every month in 2013
Who is Eligible – Any New Brunswick Paddler
Prize – a $15 Gift Certificate at DayTripping applicable for retail product or training (1-year Expiry)
Submissions due as soon as you have completed your Dec 2013 Paddle to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Maliseet Trail: The Paddlers Perspective
Sunday, January 20, 2013 NB Museum, Mary Oland Screening Room
Delivery Points: Fundy Paddlers Mail Out, FBook MTCR & NBP&H
On Sunday, January 20th the public is invited by the Fundy Paddlers and Canoe & Kayak NB to the NB Museum’s Mary Oland Room for a 2pm presentation “The Paddlers’ Perspective on the Lost Maliseet Trail” by NB’s Sammy Solo.
This 3-part presentation by local paddler Sammy Solo’s will provide you “The Paddlers Perspective” on the 200km Ancient Maliseet Trail which leads from Meductic, NB to Old Town, Maine.
Sammy will first present on why paddlers should consider this local trail a “Confluence of Canoe Culture – on a Global Scale” . You will learn how the Maliseet Trail has given modern paddlers many gifts. These gifts include: the skills that built the Old Town Canoe Co. in the west and the Chestnut Canoe Company to the trail’s east. Hear how birch bark canoe building skills from this very trail were passed from Peter Joe through Edwin Tappan Adney and then came to formed into the very bible used by every birch bark canoe builder alive today. Time 30 minutes.
If that is not enough, then you will hear the “Who, What, When, Where and How of 2005”. This is the story of a 9-day trip across the Maliseet Trail by “The Intrepid Eight” which included Sammy. Time 30 minutes
Finally, Sammy will deliver “Secret Doors to the Lost Maliseet Trail” and provide you Chief Neptune’s 1820 maps and directions so in 2013 you too can experience this magical trail. You will learn how to paddle or hike to the very landing used by 14 year old John Gilles in 1697 and how to paddle to Molly’s Rock, the 17-hundred’s camp site of the famous Aboriginal Medicine Woman Molly Ockett. You will even learn the likely location of the Lost Maliseet Gold of 1777. More valuable than the maps and lost gold will be Sammy’s own advice on how to get along with the “ancient spiritual shaman protectorates” which many say guard this ancient route. Time 20 minutes.
Read up on Maliseet Trail at:
Facebook’s Maliseet Trail Canoe Route www.facebook.com/pages/Maliseet-Trail/232899733438139
Sammy Solo, 12/12/12
*Reminder* Course Fees for Instructors
Effective June 16, 2012, there is one set CKNB course fee for any CKNB or PC course offered in the province. The fee is $22 per course regardless of the number of candidates. This fee does not apply to CKNB courses offered to high schools in the province.
How does this affect YOU? Instructors no longer have to ensure that candidates are CKNB members nor will they have to collect course fees for non-members. Also, instructors will no longer be responsible for candidate fees that have not been collected. Simply register your course with PC as usual, complete the PC online course report when the course is completed and mail your $22 payment to CKNB. Please remember that PC will also invoice you for their course fees as well.
We are confident that this change will make it easier for instructors to administer courses. Instructors will be invoiced for outstanding fees at the end of the paddling season, or you can contact Andrew Cuthbertson at email@example.com
To maintain instructor status, all instructors are required to renew both CKNB & Paddle Canada membership annually.
Big Canoe Event: Final Results!
On June 30th the first Big Canoe event in the Maritimes was a complete success and was a wonderful showing of fine paddling skills in both speed and dance. On behalf of Canoe Kayak NB we would like to congratulate the top teams in their boat divisions Rob Lemmon’s Maritime DayTrippers (in the 26 footer class) and to Helen/Kris’s Fundy Paddlers Club (in the 20 footer class). Below is the final results of the event:
2012 Big Canoe Celebration Results — June 30, Lily Lake
|Team captain||Race Points(max 10)||Dance Points(max 15)||Total (max 25)||Overall ranking|
A) 26 footer Class
|Rob (Maritime Tripping)||9||14.6||23.6||1 Top|
|Rafe (Osprey Adventures||10||13||23||2|
|Nancy (Fundy paddlers Club)||8||11||19||3|
B) 20 footer class
|Helen/ Kris ( Fundy P C)||10||13||23||1 Top|
|Beth (Fundy P C)||9||12.4||21.4||2|
|Mary/ Lyn ( Fredericton Tumblehome)||8||8..5||16.5||3|
Canadian Canoe Foundation – Canoe Trips, 2011, 2012 & 2013
Plans for 2013:
Plans are just beginning for 2013 with the hope to realize another canoe youth adventure trip on the St. John River (perth-Andover to Fredericton).
Students who are enrolled in grades 9, 10 or 11 will be invited to submit an essay describing why they should be selected to participate in the 10 day canoe trip phase of the project as a Future Leader in the effort to work towards the long-term ecological health of the St. John River Watershed.
For more information:
St. Croix – 2012
Ten enthusiastic successful applicant paddlers will take part in an exciting canoe trip down the St. Croix River. Between August 27 – 31, 2012, the Canadian Canoe Foundation in partnership with Partners for Youth, Canoe Kayak New Brunswick (CKNB)and the NB Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society will be leading a five day environmental education canoe trip down the St. Croix River.
In addition, the 10 youth participants will take part in a pre-trip orientation and canoeing skills development camp on August 16-17th, 2012. The participants will receive instruction in canoeing and camping skills while learning about the ecology of the St. Croix. Structured lessons during the trip will focus on:
a) environmental changes facing the St. Croix
b) important work being done by environmental organizations, government and companies in order to manage the long-term health of the watershed
c) what ordinary citizens can do to be part of the solution.
To be eligible, the youth had to be:
- in grade 9, 10 or 11 as of June 15, 2012.
- attend school and be a resident of New Brunswick.
Registration was on line via: http://canadiancanoefoundation.ca/canoefo/registration.php
Note: All canoe trip costs are covered. The 10 lucky participants only need to cover travel costs to the start and end points of the canoe trip.
Canoe Kayak NB (CKNB) has been instrumental in having this canoe adventure realized for 2011 and 2012.
Funding and support is generously provided by Mountain Equipment Co-op, CKNB, CPAWS NB and Partners for Youth.
Southwest Miramichi River – 2011:
The Canadian Canoe Foundation (CCF) in collaboration with Canoe and Kayak New Brunswick (CKNB) , the Miramichi River Environment Assessment Committee (MREAC), the Miramichi Salmon Conservation Centre (MSCC) and Arpin Canoe Restigouche successfully ran a 7 day canoe trip learning adventure for 10 local (Miramichi) youth down the Southwest Miramichi River.
The objectives of the project were 1) educate the communities of the importance of river watersheds 2) send 10 local youth on a canoe trip learning adventure, 3) conduct a clean-up of garbage at campsites and access points along the river, 4) raise media/public awareness of conservation campaigns.
For 2011, environmental education initiatives during the project included visits to the Woodman’s Museum near Boiestown, Salmon Museum in Doaktown, a visit to the Salmon Hatchery on the Northwest Miramichi (MSCC) and a participatory presentation by MREAC.
The youth were additionally exposed to the heritage of the Miramichi river through visits to Beaubear Island Interpretive Centre and a paddling (national heritage site) visit to Beaubear Island via 26′ voyageur canoe, “Sipu”. The last scheduled event was a visit to Metepeniagiag Heritage Site on the Little Southwest Miramichi. Metepeniagiag First Nations.
Please click here to view photos of the river adventure trip:
The 10 lucky applicants, in order to win a spot on this exciting environmental education adventure, had to:
- reside in the designated river Watershed; and
- be enrolled in grade seven or eight as of June of the that year.
Speak Out For Restigouche!
Restigouche, located northern New Brunswick, is looking for your support in keeping its wild nature free of logging and mining. Currently Restigouche is facing an expiry date in the year of 2015. Last fall New Brunswick had elected a new government and if we speak out now, we may have the opportunity to save this rural area from being destroyed. Restigouche needs your help!
To voice your opinion please visit the site below:
Ancient Native Portage Trails:
Since February 2008 when the Heritage Committee took on the task to work towards restoration of some ancient native portage trails in New Brunswick, work has not abated. 2010 saw an increase in workload: trail cutting (Mount Carleton Park & McKay Brook-Gordon Meadow Brook portages), PowerPoint presentations and revisions, meetings, budget submissions and a host of administrative tasks. That workload doubled in both 2011 & 2012 with further trail flagging (Cains-Gaspereau, Salmon R-Richibucto R, Meadow Brook Portage & SE Gorge of the Upsalquitch) & cutting (majority of the Salmon River-Richibucto R and in excess of half of Meadow Brook and SE Gorge Upsalquitch), major enhancements to the McKay Brook-Gordon Meadow Brook portage (high & low water entrances added to south end, north end shortened and over 600′ of corduroy pathway added to north end for wet areas), 5 bridges built among three of the portage trails, follow-up work in Mount Carleton Park, major PowerPoint revisions and escort representative from Tourism & Parks NB across the McKay Brook-Gordon Meadow portage.
2013 should also prove to be equal in workload as 2011 and 2012 with further work on all 6 trails. Though there are several strategic and key elements yet to overcome, the Heritage Committee is hopeful to see six (6) trails opened in 2013 with specific CKNB kick-off activites scheduled for 2014. The 6 portage trails are: the 4.2 km portage in Mount Carleton Park, the 3 km portage connecting the Miramichi watershed with the Nepisiquit River and the 8.5 km portage (Cains River-Gaspereau River) connecting the Miramichi watershed with the Saint John River via Grand Lake and the 4.5 km portage connecting Salmon River to the Richibucto River; connection of the Nepisiguit river and the Restigouche River as a result of completion of the last 2 portages on the Upsalquitch River; that is Meadow Brook to Upsalquitch Lake (3.4 km) and the portage around the gorge on the South East branch of the Upsalquitch (2.4 km).
The committtee continues to have numerous but productive meetings and presentations with different agencies and communities. This is a short note to inform the membership of the ongoing work but more importantly, to let folks know that the work is having measurable success after 5 years of a great deal of almost daily wotk in some way. More information will be forthcoming with future milestones.
Persons or individuals who have an interest in this special project should go to the contact information from the Heritage Committee listed on this CKNB Website (see About Us – “Committees”). For example, there may be an interest for groups to adopt a trail or a section of a trail.
Please keep an eye open on the CKNB website for PowerPoint presentations (“Walk a Mile in My Wetshoes”) regarding the Portage Trails Project in different locations in the province or make direct contact with Tim Humes via the Heritage Committee.
CKNB Big Canoe Program
One of the successful CKNB initiatives, since June 2010 to the present, is the Big Canoe Program. Initially, it was spearheaded by Evan Young, past president and Gig Keirstead, technical director to establish a Big Canoe Program in New Brunswick. With much appreciated funding by the Provincial Department of Sport & Recreation, (now Tourism, Heritage & Culture) phase one commissioned the construction of a 26’ wood-fiberglass canoe from Spirit Canoes, Oromocto.
Phase two of the project realized the hosting of a Big Canoe Instructor School from June 16-20 on Belle Isle Bay. Dave Woolridge, a master canoe instructor, outfitter (from British Columbia) and primary author/editor of the Paddle Canada big canoe program, was the lead instructor. Priscilla Haskins from Alberta joined him. Priscilla is the chair for Paddle Canada’s Canoe Development Committee (PDC).
The first four days of the course included the usual course direction, practice, and sectional teaching, learning, unlearning and re-learning of skills. The course instructor participants presented the fifth day of the course; that is, an Intermediate Trip Leader Development Course, for a number of paddlers from the Fundy Paddling Club (Saint John).
The overall outcome of this CKNB initiative has been very positive:CKNB now has a core of Intermediate Trip Leaders, Advanced Trip Leaders and Intermediate Leader Instructors. With this valuable resource, the process continues to promote and expand Big Canoe paddling in New Brunswick. Since that one big canoe instructor has become an instructor trainer, establishiong a base for future growth.
In the south there have been a number of recreational paddling runs, training courses with the Fundy Paddling Club as well as scheduled introductory and intermediate big canoe courses in the Passamaquoddy. In notable addition, National Canoe Day for 30 June 2012 saw hosting of a major big canoe celebration; see below.
This CKNB Big Canoe program has fostered growth and activity in the Miramichi area. CKNB, in association with the Friends of Beaubear Island (Heritage Site), has hosted a number of big canoe events and activities: staff development and canoe assessment, Canada Day & National Parks Day, Michael Ignatieff’s national tour, other individual canoe parties and the first Annual Miramichi Big Canoe Challenge, held on 25 September 2010 and 2012 at the City of Miramichi.
The First Annual Miramichi Big Canoe Challenge in 2010 was blessed with a day of sunshine, crisp autumn temperatures and hefty competition on the Miramichi River. Eight teams gathered at Bicentennial Park in Nelson, Miramichi to vie for the title and bragging rights…as winner of the First Annual Miramichi Big Canoe Challenge.
There was great teammanship, leadership and laughter from all the competitors and in the end, the Sobeys Green Machine took home the paddle/trophy with a time of 8 minutes, 30 seconds, inching out the JMH Tom Cats (who lead for most of the day). The first prize included a canoe paddle/trophy, individual medals and free registration for the next competition. The youth category was won by the James M Hill High Tom Cats with a time of 8 minutes, 46 seconds, 16 seconds less than the Green Machine.
The name of the canoe, “Sipu” was chosen from a public contest. The Friends of Beaubears Island Selection Committee used the following criteria: 25% Originality; 25% Creativity; 50% significance to site & project objective. “Sipu” was the unanimous choice !
Official name: “ SIPU” – in Mi’kmaq, means “the River”. Pronounced “Sibu”
Keep an eye open for the next Giv-er on the River episode showcasing the Annual Miramichi Big Canoe Challenge !
Big Canoe Event – Saint John
On June 30th, 2012, the first Big Canoe event in the Maritimes was a complete success and was a wonderful showing of fine paddling skills in both speed and dance. On behalf of Canoe Kayak NB we would like to congratulate the top teams in their boat divisions Rob Lemmon’s Maritime DayTrippers (in the 26 footer class) and to Helen/Kris’s Fundy Paddlers Club (in the 20 footer class). Below is the final results of the event:
Team captain Race Points(max 10) Dance Points(max 15) Total (max 25) Overall ranking
A) 26 footer Class
Rob (Maritime Tripping) 9 14.6 23.6 1 Top
Rafe (Osprey Adventures 10 13 23 2
Nancy (Fundy paddlers Club) 8 11 19 3
B) 20 footer class
Helen/ Kris ( Fundy P C) 10 13 23 1 Top
Beth (Fundy P C) 9 12.4 21.4 2
Mary/ Lyn ( Fredericton Tumblehome) 8 8..5 16.5 3