The Franklin Challenge – Sunday June 25th

What Is It?

A 20 km circumnavigation of Franklin Island by paddle (kayak, canoe or SUP) to raise funds for Treetops Community Forest.   A shorter route option of 5-8 kms is available for those not wishing to do the full 20 kms.  It’s definitely not a walk in the park ~ this is a challenge for intermediate paddlers. If unsure, but strong and keen, consider paddling a tandem kayak with a friend. You will have the time of your life!  

Thank you to our Amazing Sponsor!

A huge thanks and shout out to all our amazing sponsors. We’re so lucky to be part of such a supportive community.

How Does This Work?

Simply register online with a minimum $50/paddler donation HERE .  Please note limited registration, and registration ends on Monday, June 19th at 5pm.  

Each registrant receives a jar of local Crofter’s Organic Just Fruit Spread & each paddling group is provided, compliments of White Squall & Adventure Maps, with a waterproof Franklin Island map.

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?

If this helps, here is an Franklin Challenge Pledge Form, though not necessary to use it.

We want to raise as much money as possible for Treetops. Any further donations are awesome and can be given as:
-credit card online at Treetops Community Forest link here   Please tell them donation is for Franklin Challenge. 
-cash/chqs to Squall Town Shop – 19 James St., Parry Sound
-cash/chqs brought on day of the event

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

Parking is very limited ~ please car pool.  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.  White Squall & Adventure Maps are providing each paddling group with a free waterproof Franklin Island 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.


Rentals available from White Squall, Franklin Challenge participants get 20% off their rentals.   Please call in advance (Paddling Centre at 705 342 5324) to book your rental. There are a limited number of shuttle spaces from White Squall Paddling Centre to Snug Harbour available.  Shuttle costs $50 for drop-off and pick-up, with $25 of this going back to Treetops Community Forest.  Please call in advance for shuttle.