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Happy Birthday, Canada!! We were privileged to cross Canada last year on our SUP road trip. We miss the wide open roads, beautiful vistas, unparalleled paddling opportunities and meeting friendly fellow explorers. Never stop appreciating this magnificent country! ❤️🇨🇦❤️ #Canada #canadaday #roadtrip #trains #railroad @trainstationinn @visitnovascotia @tourism.canada
Excited to see the story and photos of our cross Canada SUP trip published by Canadian Press, both in print and online. Check out the link in our bio for the National Post's online version. We had a blast exploring the waterways of Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific and plenty in between. A huge thank you to everyone who helped and to those you guided us to their favourite local paddling spots. We weren't able to mention all of the highlights in the article but if you are interested check out our blog canadaonboard.ca for the full stories of our escapades 😀🚐 and great ideas for places to SUP including the people who can help you get there this summer. @canadaonboard @cdnpress @nationalpost @hamiltonspectator @supbearfoot @jodiboydrmt @queen_city_sup @pacificapaddle @cbwestsup @livelifeintents @neddies_harbour_inn @newfoundlandlabrador @tourismpei @tourismcb @nicolavalleypaddle @destinationnb @maferries @visitnovascotia @cascadiaboardco @bluwavesup @bluejellyfishsup @jkernaghan1
Anyone interested in visiting the Toronto Outdoor Adventure & Travel show this weekend can use promotion codes CANADA or PADDLING if you purchase tickets online and you will receive a $4.00 discount at check out! And we have a few free admission tickets available. We will give them to the first people to contact us until they run out :)) We will be at Booth 675 - come and say hi or check out the presentations we are doing Friday & Saturday about our crazy, fun cross Canada Stand Up Paddle road trip Canada Onboard: Coast to Coast 150. #OAS Toronto #adventure #travel #outdoors #paddle #roadtrip @theperiwinkledragonflycompany @canadaonboard
A perfect red chair roost overlooking Kidston Lighthouse in beautiful Bras D'Or Lake, a stones throw away from quaint but bustling Baddeck, NS. A welcome respite for travellers expanding their minds with the amazingly illuminating history found in the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. Next stop Tatamagouche, NS. Read more about our Cross Canada Paddling Roadtrip, celebrating Canada 150, on our blog: CanadaOnboard.ca 🇨🇦 @cbwestsup @bluejellyfishsup @visitnovascotia @nstourism @tourcanada @tourcapebreton @capebretontourism @parks.canada @parkscanadaredchair #sharethechair #baddeck #explore #explorecanada #explorecanada #explorens #capebreton #nova scotia #cabottrail #adventuresforthesoul #roadtrip #canada150 #parkscanada #alexandergrahambell #alexandergrahambellmuseum #museum #crosscanadapaddlingroadtrip
Although we love the paddling and scenery our adventure is about so much more. Savouring the cuisine of local eateries is high on our list of must do experiences. The Dancing Goat Cafe & Bakery, along the Cabot Trail in Margaree, NS is one of our favourites. It's delicious food, engaging locales and comfortable ambience proved the perfect spot for us to slow our pace and get some work done. Read more about our Cross Canada Paddling Roadtrip celebrating Canada 150 on our blog: CanadaOnboard.ca
Jeremy Smith of @cbwestsup leads us swishing through the grasses with our gear. He knows all the secret, hidden launches along the Margaree River, raising the adventure factor of our afternoon paddle to a higher level. Check out our blog CanadaOnboard.ca to read more about our Cross Canada Paddling Roadtrip celebrating Canada 150🇨🇦 @cbwestsup @bluejellyfishsup @visitnovascotia @nstourism @tourcanada @tourcanada @tourcapebreton @capebretontourism @visitcapebretonisland @capebretonpost #visitnovascotia #explore #explorecanada #explorens #novascotia #capebreton #cabottrail #margaree #margareeriver #adventuresforthesoul #roadtrip #canada #canada150 #crosscanadapaddlingroadtrip

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Who knew? Pelicans on a man-made lake smack dab in the middle of Regina. We almost fell into cold Wascana Lake, slack-jawed at the sight of the big-billed birds lounging near a man-made waterfall. As if the stiff wind wasn’t likely to do that anyway.

DSC_0650The American White Pelicans who greeted us at Wascana Lake were more than a mild surprise. They migrate each summer to waterways within the boreal forest.

Sadly, Saskatchewan was one of the three provinces we only achieved one paddle in during our 30-day, 10,000-kilometre celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.

And it was a memorable, if short, piece of prairie paddling led by Kristal McBain of Queen City SUP. Kristal, a SUP and yoga instructor, gave it a family feel with sons Anden, 6, and Jasper, 4 onboard.

DSC_0668Kristal McBain of Queen City SUP takes son Jasper on a paddle that passed in front of the Saskatchewan legislature. It’s a popular SUP spot and she offers lessons and yoga on the boards there.

Wascana Lake, which was first created in 1903, is a popular SUP spot because it is central to the provincial capital. In fact, you can paddle right up to the Saskatchewan legislature, but beware the oratorical gusts. The legislators likely favour a rowing club on the lake due to its political posture, sitting on one’s butt and going backwards.

Anyway, back to the American White Pelicans, the species we paddled around. Turns out about a fifth of this population is found in the waterways associated with boreal forests. So they migrate to Saskatchewan and Alberta as well as northern U.S. states. They mingled with cormorants on Wascana Lake, which underwent what was known as the Big Dig 15 years ago.

The $18-million project took the average depth of the lake to 5.5 metres with some places dug to 7.5 metres to encourage a fish habitat.

The second surprise was little Anden scooting along so fast on his racing board we had trouble staying with him. He looked born to a board with precise form that sliced through the wind. Meantime, Jasper sat at his mother’s feet, enjoying the ride.

DSC_0679Anden soon left us in his wake. He looked born to board as he powered his race board across the lake.

But it was cold for him, so Kristal took them ashore while we made a futile effort to paddle up to the legislative building. The wind drove us back and down to our knees, almost into the canoe club’s docks, where we rested and decided it was a day for the elements, not us.

DSC_0699Canada geese watched curiously as John dropped to his knees with the wind pushing us into the rowing club docks.

We had to imagine the lake on a warm summer day, sharing space with kayaks and canoes and paddling around the six islands created by the project.

Kristal and partner Chris Bailey, a Paddle Canada advanced flat water instructor, do most of their programming for Queen City SUP on the lake with a combination of SUP training, SUP yoga and on-water fitness classes. They also lead free evening group paddles for folks with their own boards and offer $10 board rentals as well as full moon paddles with $20 rentals.

DSC_0703John and Kristal pose as we say goodbyes with Alberta in our sights.

Queen City SUP also organizes Float weekend retreats featuring paddling, yoga, vegetarian fare and cabin accommodation on Lake Katepwa in a setting that allows participants to connect, relax and rejuvenate.

That sounded like exactly what we needed, but there were two provinces and more cold reality before we would hit the finish line on Vancouver Island.

Feature photo: The dome of the provincial legislature rises out of the fall foliage as we head out to tackle windblown Wascana Lake in Regina.

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