Thunder Bay—Are you thinking about getting out on the water this summer, but don’t know where to start? The Lakehead Canoe Club (LCC) is calling paddlers new and old to think about getting out on Boulevard Lake.
Once the ice melts in the spring, the club is out and getting ready for a season on the water. The boathouse is ready to welcome young and old, experienced and first-timers, to paddle all kinds of vessels—from kayaks and canoes, to stand up paddle (SUP) boards and dragon boats.
This summer, the LCC is hosting paddle camps for kids, group paddle nights, casual rentals and dragon boat paddling. All equipment and life jackets are provided.
Many of the dragon boaters are already getting in shape for the annual Family of Dragons Festival on August 12. Festival organizers are putting out the call to get more dragon boats back on the water this year.
As Justin Pucci, vice commodore of LCC, said, “Without a doubt, it is one of the most fun team activities you can have on the water with 21 of your friends, co-workers and family.”
According to Pucci, there’s still plenty of time to get a team together and get some practices in before the August event.
Last year’s festival also saw the introduction of some other races for paddlers of all kinds. The club added some relay races involving canoes, kayaks and stand up paddle boards.
Another great opportunity to try your hand at paddling will come at this year’s big Canada Day 150th celebration on the city’s Lake Superior waterfront, held July 1.
“What’s more Canadian than paddling a canoe?” asks Pucci.
Everyone is welcome and the club will have everything needed to paddle.
For more information on the Lakehead Canoe Club and Family of Dragons Festival, visit: paddlesport.org. Or, find the Thunder Bay Dragon Boat Festival on Facebook.