April meeting

Our next meeting is Tuesday April 2nd at at the Tusket Falls Brewing Co. (across from Par en Bas school in Tusket). Please arrive by 6 pm so we can socialize and have something to eat together.

SWPA member Will Poole will be our presenter of the evening. He will share photos of his extensive trips in the Tobeatic and rescue of a Wardens Cabin converted to present use. It promises to be an informative and fun presentation!

NOTE re: FOOD: The brewery has asked that we do not bring our own food from home. However, you can order pizzas, risotto balls or cheese trays at the brewery. They are made to order by Speakeasy (menu attached). They also say it’s OK if you pick up something from Anchored Grounds. They usually have chili, rappie pie, pizzas, soups, chicken pot pies etc. Menu also attached.

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Up-coming events

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Grants available

SWPA has allotted four grants of $75 each to assist its members taking a 3-4 day Wilderness First Aid course. First come-first served! See below for dates/information about spring courses in HRM. Contact Dan Earle at <[email protected]> to express your interest. Copy of your registration is required. SWPA’s reimbursement will be made after course is completed and your participation documented. http://adventureandsafety.ca/

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Latest News

Here are a few things that may be of interest.

Only 52 days left to spring. Not that we’er countin’. 


Please consider joining. It’s only $15 a year (simple e-transfer to Dan Earle <[email protected]> or mail a cheque to SW Paddlers, c/o Dan Earle, 97 Chebogue Point Road, Rockville NS, B5A 5E8. Remember to include your email to be added to the membership e-loop.

Keep in the paddling loop by checking out SWPA website http://www.southwestpaddlers.com/ (check out the menu for canoe and kayak points of entry with public access and parking!)  and FB page https://www.facebook.com/groups/201129713331842/ 

SWPA members keep in touch during the late fall and winter by meeting the first Tuesday of the month and having dinner together. *** Next gathering is at Anchored Grounds in Tusket, Feb. 5th at 6 p.m. Let me know if you plan to attend as I’ll be making reservations.

We’ll have some special programming coming up at the March, April and May gatherings (first Tuesdays) so mark your calendars. More info to follow.

SWPA contributes to the costs of a SPOT which is available for members to borrow (and we’re now looking into GArmin INreach … another tracking device.) SWPA also has a bothy bag which members can borrow for trips (emergency shelter … think “balloon.”)

… and there are other benefits to being a member. Do consider joining!


With Blair Doyle this winter/spring.  Fabulous courses! http://adventureandsafety.ca/wilderness-first-aid/ Anna Mallin is planning to take one so get in touch with her if you want to team up with someone for one of the weekends.  <[email protected]>


Seaward fiberglass G3; like new condition; used 16 times over 2 seasons. Comes with c-tug and carbon fiber accent paddles. 2012 Kayak of the year. Canadian made. 22′ long and 90 lbs. Paid $8000.00 new for package. Check it out online at:  http://www.seawardkayaks.com/products_fibreglass.phpAsking $5000 OBO  

Call Mike at 902-229-8924 or email at [email protected]

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Get together – February

We had our monthly meeting/get together on Tuesday evening at Anchored Grounds in Tusket. This was a new location for us and we found it very comfortable. We were able to move tables around and get up to chat. Food is ordered at counter and delivered to table. Nice assortment of food and coffee choices. Staff friendly and helpful. We had about 15 members there.

The group at Anchored Grounds

We had a special presentation thanking Andy and Ginny Smith for all the support and good things they have done on behalf of Southwest Paddlers over many years.

Sandra Phinney presents card/gift to Ginny
Ginny shares card with Andy

Ginny show photo of Andy

Ginny shares her photo

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What’s New

What’s new with Southwest Paddlers Association

Hi Fellow Paddle Sport Participant:

The executive group met at Sip on January 21 to review and come up with ideas for better serving our paddling community. 

1. We have revised our monthly meeting plans to use different restaurant venues AND have presentations at each meeting. Location and topics will be announced. This approach will give us more variety of food choices and give us all a better appreciation of paddling opportunities and adventures in our region. We are looking at places like Anchored Grounds and the Tusket Brewery for a start. 

2. We discussed the topic of informal information sessions using knowledge of members in canoe and kayak skills and the relatively new paddle board. A chance to improve skills or try something new – maybe even a Voyaguer canoe.

3. We are looking at a Spring Splash-up meeting in May with presentations by trainers and local program/services providers. Each would have about 10 minutes to go over their sport segment – canoeing, kayaking, paddle board, trip opportunities, symposiums and festivals, etc. 

4. We want to do a display and promotion at the Yarmouth Farmer’s Market in April to introduce new people to the paddling community.

Details of all above will be coming along so stay in touch on Facebook and our web page.

Minutes of the meeting follow. 

South West PaddlersExecutive Meeting January 21, 2019 Sip Coffee Shop

Present: Sandra Phinney, Dan Earle, Sue Hutchins, Elaine Howatt and Barrie MacGregor

  1. Brief History: The history of the SW Paddlers was outlined by some of the long standing members. 
  2. Public Comments: It was agreed that any comments made on behalf of the association would require the consensus of the executive. 
  3. Informal Training: There was some discussion regarding the possibility of some informal training. Canoe – Marcel Comeau, Kayak – Anna Mallin. 
  4. Agenda for future meetings: It was generally agreed that future meetings (starting in March) would include a presentation on canoeing or kayaking after dinner. As well, locations may vary. e.g. such as Anchored  Grounds; Tusket Brewing Co. etc.
  5. Voyageur Canoe: Sandra reported that Canoe/Kayak NS had purchased a Voyageur canoe. A training session (and possibly a loan of the boat) could be set up in Southwest NS if there was enough interest. 
  6. Professional Services: It was agreed that for our last gathering in May we could invite professional trainers and/or providers of paddling programs/services  in the area. Matt Dulong, Becky Cottreau, Nancy Lacusta, Hantford Lewis. Also reps from Kayaking symposium and the Shelburne kayaking festival. 
  7. Next Dinner Meeting: Elaine agreed to look into Marco’s  as potential for the next dinner meeting in February. 
  8. Public Information: It was agreed that a display be prepared for the Market on a Saturday in April. 

Next gathering Feb 5th at 6:00 PM at location to be announced.

To become a Member please see the Membership Page in the masthead listing.

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Meeting for Adelgid monitors

December 1st meeting ………… looking for volunteers to do a special project while paddling in the Tobeatic 2019 and onward!

As some of you know, there are some nasty critters threatening our Hemlocks … the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.

Colin Gray with the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI) is working on this and will be giving a presentation/training session at Sandra Phinney and Barrie MacGregor’s home Dec. 1 from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. or so. Lunch included. #1542 Canaan Road (10 min from Tusket or Carleton outside of Yarmouth)

PURPOSE: to round up volunteers who will commit to monitor/survey areas in the Tobeatic (including Sporting Lake)

Colin says, “It would be naive to think that places like Sporting Lake Nature Reserve will not get hit eventually, but knowing when it first appears is important and then how quickly it spreads, how many trees are infested each year and the decline of the overall health of the stand from year to year, is all important information.”

So if you can attend this meeting/training session, please let Sandra know. [email protected]

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Bon Adventure River Trip

Here is the link to the Bon Adventure River trip that Will Poole, Matt Hemeon, Corey Ritchis and Wayne Doucette too last June.

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Boating in Argyle

Here is a guide to put-in spots in Argyle. Click on the map to get to details.


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NS Nature Trust – Paddle and walk.

Nova Scotia Nature Trust paddle and nature walk, Saturday Aug. 27  from 1-4 p.m.

Start on the Tusket River at Phinney-MacGregor’s #1542 Canaan Road and end up on the Wilson Lake. If you come early around 12:30, we can arrange shuttles down to pull out at Wilson Lake. Once we are on Wilson Lake, NSNT members will guide a walk and talk about the special flora in the region, and the designated protected area there.

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