The First Annual Franklin Challenge – Sunday June 25th

What Is It?

A 20 km circumnavigation of Franklin Island by paddle to raise funds for Treetops Community Forest. It’s definitely not a walk in the park ~ you will have the time of your life!

How Does This Work?

Simply register online with a minimum $50/paddler donation HERE

We’ll get in touch and answer any questions you have.  We will also ask if you know what you’re doing, where you’re going and why you’re doing it!  

How Do I Get My Donations To You?

You don’t need to use one, if this helps, here is an Franklin Challenge Pledge Form.

We want to raise as much money as possible for Treetops. Any further donations are awesome and can be given as:
-cash/chqs to Squall Town Shop – 19 James St., Parry Sound
-cash/chqs brought on day of the event
-credit cards called in to White Squall 705 342 5324

Please have cheques made out to: Treetops Community Forest
Tax receipts over $20 available – we need names & mailing addresses.

Cancellation due to weather

If in the unfortunate event we need to cancel the challenge due to unsafe weather, all donations will go to Treetops with no refunds, cause she’s a fundraiser, folks!

Plan for the day

7:00-8:00am  Register at Gilly’s Snug Harbour ~ Hot coffee & final instructions
8:00-9:30am  You can start anytime within the hour & a half
3:00pm Wrap up Ceremony @ Gillys

Parking & Launching

You may park for free courtesy of Carling Township & Gilly’s- ONLY in the Remmie Bay Road Parking Lot and Gilly’s overflow lot.  Please don’t park at the dock or on the road or any rate payer lots ’cause you’ll be towed.

Launch for free either at Gilly’s ramp or the government dock at Snug Harbour.   The challenge will start from the government dock.

Required Gear

You must meet/exceed Transport Canada regulations and be sure to have:

Bailer/pump, 15 m floating line, lifejacket/person (must be worn), waterproof flashlight, whistle, spare paddle, positive buoyancy (waterproof hatches, and/or float tanks/bags), water, snacks, extra thermal layers, rain/sun protection, and map.

Cell Phone & Help

Every boat or family/friend group must have a waterproofed cell phone so you can call should you need help during the Challenge.  These contact numbers need be in your phone: (705) 773-8142 or (705) 346-9410. In an emergency call 911.  It is your responsibility, if you are able, to help fellow paddlers if they are in distress.

Any questions, give us a call, anytime.