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OTTAWA RIVER KEEPER ~ IMPRESSIVE VIDEO

OTTAWA RIVER

The following video, “Ottawa River Keeper”, was uploaded on Mar. 10, 2008, by Lu Utronki.  This video is designed to bring awareness to the importance of the Ottawa River for sustainability. 

The Ottawa River flows through the provinces of Quebec and Ontario for over 1200 kilometres.  There are almost 2 million people who live throughout the Ottawa River watershed.  To the Algonquin First Nations who lived by its banks and traveled by canoe the river was known as the Kitchi-sippi, meaning “The Great River“.  Visitors such as white water paddlers, fishing enthusiasts and river trippers from around the world looking for a wilderness experience  enjoy the Ottawa River year round.  The Ottawa River is a globally significant river and is part of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence watershed, and is the largest freshwater system in the entire world.

Hope to see you back here for our next blog featuring “Ottawa River Keeper Part 2″ and “Alexandra Cousteau on the Ottawa River” – a Youtube video published this year on September 14th.

DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL ~ TEAM SHOWBOAT ~ “UNDER THE BIG TOP”

 DRAGON BOAT 2013

DRAGON CUTE GIMPYouTube promotional video for Ottawa‘s upcoming 20th annual Dragon Boat Festival – June 22-24, 2013, published on Jun 7, 2012 by CTVOttawaMorningLiveA dragon boat comes rowing down the street outside of the CTV Morning Live studio, so Jeff Hopper heads out to chat with them!

TEAMThe Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, now North America’s largest festival, began in 1994. Four years later, a charitable component was added to raise funds for local charities. To date, the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation has raised over $2.5 million for local charities.

SHOW BOAT LOGOFor several years, under several different names, the members of Showboat have pledged and paddled in the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival.  Sponsored by the Chinatown BIA, Showboat, under the direction of Rick Martin, Kevin Reichstein, Mealanie St. Jean and Stephanie Mayer, consists of 20 paddlers, a few alternates, a steersperson and a drummer. This dynamic Dragon Boat team draws a lot of attention, year after year, as the whole day is spent in themed costumes – obviously this year’s theme is “Under The Big Top”.

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​The vast majority of the teams attending the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival are there for competitive reasons, paddling in various heats in a quest for medals.  Chinatown’s Showboat concentrates on fundraising activities throughout the year to support charities that benefit from the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation.  So far this year Team Showboat has already raised $17,000 in fundraising events such as:

Karaoke Night KARAOKE

Zumba in the park  ZUMBA2

Great Glebe Garage Sale  GLEBE GARAGE SALE

VIP Gala Launch Party        9441VIP GALA LAUNCH PARTY

Drawing from the immense talent that exists in the community, events at various venues around town and the generosity of many Showboat supporters, the team has raised considerable funds. Since 2005, the team raised $82,752.38.

For 2005 through 2007 and again in 2010, the team was recognized by the Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival through the Team Spirit Cup award.

I just had to include the following inspirational video I found on YouTube, “Must Watch Dragon Boat Clip!!!”, taken from various dragon boat events in Singapore.  This video was created to show that the sport, dragon boating, is not just about training hard to win, but to enjoy and embrace all the elements that it encompasses ~ Love ~ Pride ~ Unity ~

KAYAK PADDLEGIMPICONDip, dip and swing your paddles

              Flashing with silver

              Follow the wild goose flight

            Dip, dip and swing…

Good luck Team Showboat!KAYAK PADDLEGIMPICON

SKI TO SEA 2012 RELAY RACE ~ 93 MILES ~ INCREDIBLE ENDURANCE TEST!

 

 

 

SKI TO SEA 2 PHOTOPAD

 

THE NATURE CONSERVANCY ON THE 2012 SKI TO SEA RELAY RACE

Nature Conservancy teams from Washington State and Canada engaged in friendly competition at this year’s Ski to Sea relay race based in Bellingham, WA at the end of May on the American Labour Day holiday weekend. 

This annual race, a 100-year tradition includes seven legs: Cross-country ski, Downhill ski, Run, Road bike, Two-person canoe, Mountain bike and Sea kayak. The ‘not for the faint of heart’ race will take hundreds of eight-member teams through a gruelling 93 mile journey from snow-covered slopes near Mt. Baker to Puget Sound.
The legendary Ski to Sea Relay Race ~ the origins of the Ski to Sea Race date back to the original endurance race, the Mt Baker Marathon, first held in 1911.

Next year I’ll try to blog the event in time for us to support The Nature Conservancy’s conservation efforts.

YouTube video, “Sea to Ski 2012″ ~ Race information

~ CANADA VERSUS USA ~

‘When Conservation meets Competition’   Video HUMOUROUS QUIPS from the Washington program’s ‘Team Rotten’ video ~
“Canada’s going DOWN“
“Hey are you worried about the Canadians ~ all they do is eat poutine and play hockey”
“You can either be inside watching the Canucks lose or be out here training for Sea to Ski”
AND ‘back-at-chas’ from the Canadian program’s ‘The Average Joes’~
“Well we do live in the great white outdoors”
“We have to ski to pick up our groceries and fetch the mail”
“Bring it on Washington!” (as the guy gears up in cross-country ski equipment and leaves for work)
“C’est fantastique! – I think it’s great that our Americans are dragging themselves off the couch to struggle through this race ~ Bon Chance” ) translated

CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS YEAR’S WINNING TEAM ~  

Ski to Sea web page ‘Results’ comment ~ “May 29th- Race officials have been working since race ended Sunday on correcting times.  There was a timing machine malfunction.  Our apologies to all the racers.  Results are still UNOFFICIAL.”

I guess I’ll have to check the Ski to Sea web site periodically to see the result of our Canadian teams.

Links ~ nature.org/washington

http://www.youtube.com/user/thelegendaryskitosea?feature=results_main

http://www.facebook.com/skitosea

WIN 5 FABULOUS ‘DREAM GETAWAY’ PRIZES!!!

Ontario’s Highlands boast some of the most scenic rivers, lakes and forests in the province of Ontario. It’s all so close, and yet so far away from it all. Ontario’s Highlands is nestled in an area 30 minutes west of Ottawa and just 2.5 hours traveling from town to town along our scenic roadways from Toronto. Many people visit us to relax and enjoy our down to earth hospitality, while others seek the outdoor adventure of their choosing.

“FAB 5 OF SUMMER SWEEPSTAKES”

1 OF 5 DREAM GETAWAYS THIS SUMMER.

SWEEPSTAKES CLOSING DATE  ~ deadline for entering the Sweepstakes is Saturday, June 30th, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST.

GETAWAY ONE ~ THE ADRENALINE SEEKER

 

Quick Breakdown ~ 2 night stay at RiverRun Rafting and Wilderness Resort; full day of High Adventure Rafting; passes for the Mustang Experience at Calabogie Motorsports Park; 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner and 1 lunch at the resort; dinner for two at Calabogie Peaks Resort AND MORE!

GETAWAY TWO ~ SCENES OF ART & NATURE

Quick Breakdown ~ 2 night stay at Heather Lodge; full day “A Natural Work of Art” guided tour presented by Yours Outdoors, including a hands-on pottery work shop; day passes to Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve, including passes to the Wolf Centre and a Walk in the Clouds Canopy Tour; 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner at the lodge; lunch provided by Gravity Coffee House during the art tour; dinner for two at Sir Sam’s Inn AND MORE!

GETAWAY THREE ~ CULTURALLY CONNECTED

Quick Breakdown ~ 2 night stay at Code’s Mill Inn and Spa in Perth; tickets to a show at Classic Theatre Festival; tickets for a Rideau Canal Boat Tour; “Fun in the Falls” museum passport; breakfasts at the Inn; dinner for at The Stone Cellar; dinner at Fiddleheads Bar and Grill AND MORE!

GETAWAY FOUR ~ WELLNESS & WILDERNESS

Quick Breakdown ~ 2 night stay at Marmora Inn, including access to their heated pool and sauna; full day wellness retreat at Grail Springs Wellness Retreat and Health Spa, including yoga, spa treatment, guided hike and access to meditation gardens; treatments for two at the Evergreen Acres Holistic Wellness Centre; 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner at the Inn.

GETAWAY FIVE ~ LEISURE ON THE LAKE

Quick Breakdown ~ 3 night stay including meals at Land O’ Lake Lodge; Friends of Bon Echo Park interpretive boat tour of Mazinaw Lake; Full day 21’ Vectra Pontoon Boat rental from Smart’s Marina.

CLICK LINK BELOW TO ENTER CONTEST ~

http://www.ontarioshighlands.ca/win/

We wish all entrants the  best of luck and

“HAPPY DREAM GETAWAY”

to the winner!

 

PADDLES UP! EVERYONE – OTTAWA, CANADA DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

PADDLES UP FOR THE 2012 TIM HORTONS’

OTTAWA DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is the largest festival of its kind in North America. It is a three day event held at Mooney’s Bay Park.

Admission is FREE and features non-stop racing, concerts, children’s area, cultural performances, local delicacies, artisans and fun shopping! It is a great destination in the heart of the Nations Capital and is an easy getaway for visitors from Ontario, Quebec and the United States.

THE 19TH ANNUAL OTTAWA DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL WILL TAKE PLACE ON JUNE 22-24, 2012

In partnership with the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation, paddlers raise funds through the Pledge Challenge for local charities. To join the Pledge Challenge, visit http://www.dragonboatfoundation.net.

The following is a YouTube video of the 2011 Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival -

I just had to include the following inspirational video I found on YouTube, “Must Watch Dragon Boat Clip!!!”, taken from various dragon boat events in Singapore.

This video was created to show that the sport, dragon boating, is not just about training hard to win, but to enjoy and embrace all the elements that it encompasses.

Three fun filled days for everyone – Have a great time – Best of luck to all participants“WINNING PADDLE TAKES ALL!!!”

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