Spring is in the Air Hoot

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Spring is in the Air Hoot
‘Spring is in the air’ – truly. We just heard the first woodcocks chirping over the swamp – leading to the obvious question – what on earth do the poor things eat? There’s no bugs that we can see flying about. The situation is sort of like a country and western singer I once knew…’Slim Pickins’.
Global Medic Fundraiser & Paddling Film Night


She was a wild night let me tell you…high winds, driving rain and some snow to boot. We want to shout a huge thanks to all of you who helped us. There were 250 folks who came out for a community night of popcorn, beer, cookies and coffee – and…oh yeah, paddling films, campfire songs and a Delta kayak giveaway! All of you helped us raise over $17,500 for Global Medic. Done and dusted – now on to the Franklin Challenge 🙂


Franklin Challenge


June 25 at Gillys of Snug Harbour sports fans. We have 100 spots available and registration will open April 17th via our “Franklin Challenge” webpage.  ‘Tis not a race, nor a walk in the park. Rather a community paddle around Franklin Isle (about 20k) or a shorter route out to Henrietta Point. All in support of the Georgian Bay Biosphere’s Outer Island Fund, supporting wilderness campsite stewardship.

Cole Lake Rises Again


Yup, the ice is nearly out and our lakefront store is now open 7 days a week – 9am-5:pm.   Please know our house is private, but feel free to come look for staff either out in the yard or in the shop.

Delta Kayaks and More


We are presently well-stocked in all models and most colours. We seem to go through waves of supply and presently are on a high point. But don’t leave it too long if you have your eye on one for this springtime – seems the world is full of surprises:) We also have CD kayaks arriving soon, along with a good supply of Wilderness Systems, Perception kayaks and H20, Nova Craft canoes. And – after a multi-year absence, we’re now back in the inflatable kayak business, bringing in Advanced Elements – their boats are high quality and affordable. They’re now being stocked in Quebec so shipping costs have gone down!


Check out our inventory lists here:  Canoes, Kayaks, & SUP Inventory Lists

Rentals & Instruction


We’re here to help with your paddling plans and dreams. You can call anytime (705-203-2955) or fire us an e-mail at: [email protected]

Heart of the Hoot


Downtown Parry Sound is home of the Squall Town Shop (705-746-4936). Whenever I walk in, I’m bewildered and blown away with the variety of stuff we have in a small space – full of outdoor clothing, gear,maps and paddling accessories. Colleen, Cathy and Theressa are running a tight, happy ship and are ready to help you get outside the right way! Mon – Sat 9:30 – 5:30.

Parry Sound Non Profit Forest School


I recently joined their volunteer board and am amazed at this vibrant and innovative programme. Thanks to dedicated staff, parents and volunteers – kids in the Parry Sound district have the opportunity to get off the couch, stick their screen where the sun don’t shine and get outside for green time in all four seasons. (psforestschool.com) The benefits of being in the bush, breathing fresh air is huge and is not rocket science. Our kids are suffering from more anxiety and depression these days and the research is overwhelming that simply getting outside will help. Reason I’m telling you all this is that the School needs help. Accessible and affordable outdoor education opportunities for all kids is rare. There is now a ‘Giving Tree’ set up for anyone who can support the effort (psforestschool.com/donate-now) and I hope you’ll consider lending your hand. Decades from now wouldn’t it be great to know the school carries on, supported by all of us.

Thanks for your time and let those northwinds blow your troubles away… tim