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Family fun on Paddle Day June 19

In honour of National Paddling Week, Family Paddle Day will be celebrated once again in Lakefield on June 19.

National Paddling Week is an initiative of the Canadian Canoe Museum and has been created to boost awareness of our national recreational paddling sports, safety measures, skill development, and heritage.

National Paddling Week wants to encourage as many Canadians to get into a canoe, kayak or onto a board and be counted during this week to show our national commitment to the fun, the benefits, and challenge of paddling.

Paddlers will be gathering at the Lakefield Beach at 5:30 p.m. where everyone can either launch their own canoe or kayak or borrow one, free of charge, from Adventure Outfitters.

They will venture out onto Katchewanooka Lake and enjoy a one hour paddle through the Lakefield Marsh and back to the beach where the Lakefield Trail Committee will host a campfire with light refreshments. Cake will be provided by Lakefield Pantry.

Anyone wishing to borrow a canoe or kayak from Adventure Outfitters, free of charge, should contact them in advance at 705-652-7986 to reserve their ride. Early booking is recommended as the number of vessels available is limited.

Anyone wishing to join with their own equipment is welcome to show up at the beach at 5:30 p.m.

While this is a free event, donations to the Lakefield Trail are most appreciated.

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