The Muskoka Paddle Club received a huge boost last week just in time for paddling season to kick into full gear.
Craig Barrett, a local renowned craftsman, spent many hours building a replica of an 1890s canoe design and donated it to the Muskoka Paddle Club last week.
“It will be a unique experience to paddle this handmade artisan craft and compare it to the mass produced boats of today,” says Club member Rick Mroz.
The handover took place on the promenade deck at Kelvin Grove Park under perfect weather last Friday.
Commodore Sandy Schofield and vice-commodore Rick Mroz says they were delighted to receive the unique craft on behalf of the club.
“We expect this boat to be well utilized by members looking for a relaxing paddle on the river,” says Schofield.
Later in the evening, Gergely Lanci, Commodore of the Sudbury Canoe Club arrived from Sudbury
delivering four paddle boats, surplus to the club, two K1 kayaks and two canoes (a C1 and C2) as a
good will donation to ensure the Muskoka Paddle Club’s Sprint training program was off to a good
These boats meet the International Canoe Federation’s competitive class standards and will be invaluable as instruction boats, says Schofield.
The new arrivals will be available for viewing by the public interested in joining the paddle club
during an open house on Sunday, May 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kelvin Grove Park.