The White Squall Blog

Spring in your step Hoot

Hello Paddlers There’s a spring in my step as the waters open, the sun shines and the wind she blows.  Speaking of that – I think fast-changing winds in both strength and direction will be the story of this summer.  No immediate science to back me up, just a feeling in my tummy.  But that’s […]

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Spring Holler and Hoot

Spring Hoot & Holler As the winter sun fades, Spring is roaring in like flipping on the bathroom heat after a cold ski.  Never used that metaphor before, likely never will again (i know, that’s a good thing) but it gets me dreaming of bluebird skies and a beckoning lake. Somehow, stuff is arriving almost […]

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Chilly Hoot and Holler

A Chilly Hoot and Holler To Ya! Oh post-solstice winter – the time of our content, where the days are longer, the nights are stronger than moonshine. Big snowfalls and super cold air are the things that make us feel alive!?! Ok, ok sure – t’would be quite fine stretched out on a warm southern […]

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I’ve got a Song Hoot

“Like the North Wind whistlin’ down the sky… I’ve got a song, I’ve got a song” Takes me back to cold mornings on the Albany River in northern Ontario as a wide-eyed teenager. Morning coffee ’round the fire was our comfort before exhilarating days on fast flowing water heading north. Inside me and busting out […]

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Hot August Hoot

Hot August Hoot The world spins madly these days, and gives more reason to re-connect with wild waters, big skies and ancient rock. They will endure and there is comfort in that… Loon Lore & Thom Last time we wrote, we announced the birth of 2 Cole Lake Loons with a stunning pic our friend and ace […]

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Summertime Dreaming Hoot

Time for a Summertime Dream… Just came back from 4 glorious days in the outer islands. Crystal clear swimming, stunning sunsets and a songbird chorus that never stopped. We heard white-throat sparrows changing up their call as if to say ‘she’s a new day, time for a new song”. The bay was pristine and wonderfully […]

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A Hoot of Heart-full Thanks

Draw Stuff! Here’s a mere smattering of the stuff we have in our draw ~ three big crazy piles ~ minus the idiot in the back row. A short, heartfelt HOOT to all who stepped up without tripping & pushed us over $8,000 for GlobalMedic. We’re now pushing for $10K!! Not too late to get […]

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Great Gear Giveaway Hoot

Last Few Days in the Great Gear Giveaway We asked, and you stepped up! Thanks a squillion to everyone pitching in with our fundraiser for Global Medic ( We are up over $3500 and want to make it $5000! and she’s not too late sports fans. Rather than individual items, we’ve made 3 piles with […]

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Hello Spring ~ Hoot.

Hello Spring, we’ve been walking down your worn and familiar road of soft breezes, budding leaves and boats tired of hanging about and chomping at the bit to get the heck on the water! Lockdown Latest White Squall Outdoor Store in Parry Sound and the Paddling Centre on Carling Bay Road are both closed but […]

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Hinterland Hoot

HINTERNATIONAL PADDLING FILM FESTIVAL ROARS AGAIN We’re doing it online sports fans so fire up the popcorn and come for a ride on the wild side without leaving your couch. You’ll be supporting Global Medic, one of Canada’s shining lights in the world and an entirely volunteer-run rescue response team. They were on the ground […]

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A Winter Solstice Hoot

Solstice Sigh for Winter Camps & Paddling Yet to Come Daylight is disappearing like jack the bear, but shan’t be for long til we round the corner (always wanted to use ‘shan’t’ in a sentence 🙂 All we have to do is hang on to our shorts and enjoy this lightning 30 km/sec race ’round […]

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Hoot & Holler for November

Paddling Centre Winter – 53 East Carling Bay Rd. We’re sitting out the winter here on the shores of mighty Cole Lake. And we would be tickled pink to arrange an appointment if you would like to come and have a gander at a boat or two. The old shop has been transformed into a […]

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