2018 Canoeing Photo Contest

2018 Canoeing Photo Contest
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That wraps up another year of our canoeing photo contest, which was also the most successful one we’ve ever held! So thank you to everyone who entered!

We also wanted to sent another thank you out to Valhalla Pure Outfitters for their gracious donation of an e-gift card. If you’re in the market for any camping gear or presents this year, please head over to their website and have a look (that’s where I bought my SealLine dry bags).

Another big thank you to Unlostify for their map donation… which also makes the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone on your list!

And finally a big thank you to Kevin Callan for autographing his latest book. It must be selling well because we purchased the last copy from our local bookstore.

Here’s the moment you’ve been waiting for, the three winners are….

First Place

David MacDonnell - Moraine Lake Alberta, early winter.

David MacDonnell - Moraine Lake Alberta, early winter.

Second Place

Ed Schaefer - Rain Lake in Algonquin Park

Ed Schaefer - Rain Lake in Algonquin Park

Third Place

James vanRooy - near the beginning of the North Channel of the French River. This crown land beach / campsite was our lunch stop on day 2 of our 4 day trip around 18 Mile island

James vanRooy - near the beginning of the North Channel of the French River. This crown land beach / campsite was our lunch stop on day 2 of our 4 day trip around 18 Mile island


As the 2018 Canoeing season starts to wind down we look back fondly through the trips we've taken... which means it's time for our yearly photo contest!

The rules are simple...

  1. The contest is open to Canadian residents only

  2. The photo must have been taken in 2018

  3. Send us your best photo of you or your family in a canoe, what you spotted while in your canoe, or even a snapshot of you portaging. What ever you like! Be sure to include where you were too.

  4. Contest ends November 30th. We'll randomly pick three lucky winners as 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. The 1st place winner will get to choose first a single item from the prizes below, followed by 2nd place and 3rd place winners.

How do you enter?

Easy! E-mail us a photo, or send it to us on Facebook or Twitter or tag us on Instagram (and give us a like or follow while you're there!)

The Prizes to choose from

$100 Valhalla Pure Outfitters e-Gift Card. Canadian store with 1000’s of awesome choices of outdoors gear for any season. Fantastic online store and numerous locations in British Columbia and Alberta.

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A complete set of maps from Unlostify. Grab all four maps which include West French River, Killarney, Kawartha Highlands and the Massasauga!

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An autographed copy of Kevin Callan’s The Top 60 Canoe Routes of Ontario

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We look forward to seeing all the submissions!


Susan Windsor-Sheppard - Haliburton Highlands water trail

Susan Windsor-Sheppard - Haliburton Highlands water trail

Rob Genereaux - my little guy enjoying the serenity of the Salmon River near Tamworth, Ontario.

Rob Genereaux - my little guy enjoying the serenity of the Salmon River near Tamworth, Ontario.

Toby Clipperton - Rain Lake, Algonquin

Toby Clipperton - Rain Lake, Algonquin

Laurel Finney - Little Lake, Midland

Laurel Finney - Little Lake, Midland

Hannah Duivenvoorden - Arrowhead Provincial Park in Huntsville, ON. This was our first trip with our pup Roxy and turns out she's a fantastic canoer!

Hannah Duivenvoorden - Arrowhead Provincial Park in Huntsville, ON. This was our first trip with our pup Roxy and turns out she's a fantastic canoer!

Matthew Loguisto - Algonquin park, near Baron Canyon

Matthew Loguisto - Algonquin park, near Baron Canyon

Awenda PP - Pam Gosse

Awenda PP - Pam Gosse

Samantha Simpson - Tory Hill Ontario. On Little Eels lake, during our engagement photo shoot

Samantha Simpson - Tory Hill Ontario. On Little Eels lake, during our engagement photo shoot

David Faubert - Vermilion River

David Faubert - Vermilion River

Christine Plume - Jacques Cartier River in Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier

Christine Plume - Jacques Cartier River in Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier

Bryce - Otter Lake, Tulameen, BC. It was a weekend getaway with my 2 friends and our 3 boys. It got windy and the waves got pretty big but we all had a great time!

Bryce - Otter Lake, Tulameen, BC. It was a weekend getaway with my 2 friends and our 3 boys. It got windy and the waves got pretty big but we all had a great time!

Nancy Cannons - Following our boys on our first ever portage canoe trip

Nancy Cannons - Following our boys on our first ever portage canoe trip

Tim Richardson

Tim Richardson

Late winter canoeing on Nanton lake BC with our granddaughter Peyton

Late winter canoeing on Nanton lake BC with our granddaughter Peyton

Gabe Rivett-Carnac

Gabe Rivett-Carnac

Benjamin Morris - Mississippi River, La Crosse, Wisconsin

Benjamin Morris - Mississippi River, La Crosse, Wisconsin

Kathy Louise - Paddling the Moose Lake Provincial Park Canoe Circuit, British Columbia.. 2 weeks later this area was evacuated due to a forest fire

Kathy Louise - Paddling the Moose Lake Provincial Park Canoe Circuit, British Columbia.. 2 weeks later this area was evacuated due to a forest fire

Jenna Marie - My 4 year-old twins on their first canoe trip. Eels Lake, Ontario

Jenna Marie - My 4 year-old twins on their first canoe trip. Eels Lake, Ontario

Bill & Jan Corkum - Lunch break on Keji Lake

Bill & Jan Corkum - Lunch break on Keji Lake

Tom Miller - Kawartha Highlands - Buzzard Lake - Stares at Beaver Lodges

Tom Miller - Kawartha Highlands - Buzzard Lake - Stares at Beaver Lodges

Cory Morrow - St Croix River, NB

Cory Morrow - St Croix River, NB

Krista Petrie-Wallace - Lower Madawaska River.

Krista Petrie-Wallace - Lower Madawaska River.

John Snair - Kejimkijik Lake in Kejimkujik National Park, NS. Headed out with the "kids" for the night.

John Snair - Kejimkijik Lake in Kejimkujik National Park, NS. Headed out with the "kids" for the night.

@Camera_5 on Instagram - These “warmer” wintery days have me reminiscing about the summer

@Camera_5 on Instagram - These “warmer” wintery days have me reminiscing about the summer

Mark Killam

Mark Killam

Ken Powell - Yukon River

Ken Powell - Yukon River

Mike Kube - Bon Echo PP, Ontario.

Mike Kube - Bon Echo PP, Ontario.

Dean Ducas - Paddling along Hoople Island

Dean Ducas - Paddling along Hoople Island

Mike Lehman - Barron Canyon

Mike Lehman - Barron Canyon

Susan Wardley - Rain Lk, Algonquin Park

Susan Wardley - Rain Lk, Algonquin Park

David Beardtime - Crown land camping with my dog and good friends

David Beardtime - Crown land camping with my dog and good friends

Kim Doogan - Backcountry Algonquin trip - picture taken on Ralph Bice Lake

Kim Doogan - Backcountry Algonquin trip - picture taken on Ralph Bice Lake

Aimée Hodgins - Canoeing the greats, Lake Huron

Aimée Hodgins - Canoeing the greats, Lake Huron

Kathryn Clarry - South of the Kingston Mills locks.

Kathryn Clarry - South of the Kingston Mills locks.

James vanRooy - near the beginning of the North Channel of the French River. This crown land beach / campsite was our lunch stop on day 2 of our 4 day trip around 18 Mile island.

James vanRooy - near the beginning of the North Channel of the French River. This crown land beach / campsite was our lunch stop on day 2 of our 4 day trip around 18 Mile island.

Monica Miller - Michipicoten Bay (Wawa), ON this summer on our way to Pukaskwa National Park

Monica Miller - Michipicoten Bay (Wawa), ON this summer on our way to Pukaskwa National Park

Douglas Moyer - Big Salmon River, Yukon

Douglas Moyer - Big Salmon River, Yukon

Brad Woods - it represents what our canoes and kayaks mean to us: an opportunity for great fellowship usually shared with friends and family in magical places. Often involving superb camp meals and laughter. - Cave Creek on Whiteswan Lake.

Brad Woods - it represents what our canoes and kayaks mean to us: an opportunity for great fellowship usually shared with friends and family in magical places. Often involving superb camp meals and laughter. - Cave Creek on Whiteswan Lake.

Dave Pattison - Lake Simcoe, Brechin Beach - Out for a calm water paddle with Vicki.

Dave Pattison - Lake Simcoe, Brechin Beach - Out for a calm water paddle with Vicki.

Ryan Robert

Ryan Robert

Michael McRae - annual canoe trip from Churchill Falls to Gull Island on the Grand River

Michael McRae - annual canoe trip from Churchill Falls to Gull Island on the Grand River

Megan Westphal - Horseshoe Lake in Whiteshell Provincial Park Manitoba

Megan Westphal - Horseshoe Lake in Whiteshell Provincial Park Manitoba

Kevin Jackson - Booth Lake, Algonquin Park

Kevin Jackson - Booth Lake, Algonquin Park

Kate Stretton - family trip to Florida

Kate Stretton - family trip to Florida

Isabelle Verreault - August canoe sleep- La Verendrye QC

Isabelle Verreault - August canoe sleep- La Verendrye QC

Scot Robinson

Scot Robinson

Breanna Witzke - Bridge Lake, BC.

Breanna Witzke - Bridge Lake, BC.

Michele Ashley - Evening paddle with my son, Norgate Inlet, Georgian Bay

Michele Ashley - Evening paddle with my son, Norgate Inlet, Georgian Bay

David Bain - Opeongo Lake, Algonquin PP

David Bain - Opeongo Lake, Algonquin PP

Andrew Smith - taken on the Yukon River in Aug 2018. A cold, wet, and great trip to Dawson City!

Andrew Smith - taken on the Yukon River in Aug 2018. A cold, wet, and great trip to Dawson City!

Sara Lavelle - Relaxing after a long paddle at Silent Lake -Bancroft Ontario

Sara Lavelle - Relaxing after a long paddle at Silent Lake -Bancroft Ontario

Clive Algie - Lunch time on the Lower Spanish

Clive Algie - Lunch time on the Lower Spanish

Marci Kosac - Ausable River.. Halloween paddle

Marci Kosac - Ausable River.. Halloween paddle

Aurélie Maerten - La Mauricie NP, late August 2018. Our then 20 month old son’s very first canoe trip.

Aurélie Maerten - La Mauricie NP, late August 2018. Our then 20 month old son’s very first canoe trip.

Michael Nichols - The Okanagan River. looking south to Vaseaux Lake

Michael Nichols - The Okanagan River. looking south to Vaseaux Lake

Shawn Davis - Sproule Lake - Algonquin Park

Shawn Davis - Sproule Lake - Algonquin Park

Lee Perrie

Lee Perrie

Gabe Boros - First paddle of 2018, river between Pony and Preacher Lakes NW Ontario. Paddle season is never long enough

Gabe Boros - First paddle of 2018, river between Pony and Preacher Lakes NW Ontario. Paddle season is never long enough

Kathy Wright - Nipissing district

Kathy Wright - Nipissing district

Dee Helseth - Checking out the pictographs on Burditt (Clearwater) Lake NW Ontario

Dee Helseth - Checking out the pictographs on Burditt (Clearwater) Lake NW Ontario

Robert Tayman - Grundy Lake Provincial Park

Robert Tayman - Grundy Lake Provincial Park

Sue McKinley - Yukon River

Sue McKinley - Yukon River

Kim Burrell Lavelle - Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park

Kim Burrell Lavelle - Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park

Dave West - Most saturday mornings my granddaughter, Roxy-dog and I are exploring the quiet reaches of Duffins Crk. They both love canoeing and I love their company.

Dave West - Most saturday mornings my granddaughter, Roxy-dog and I are exploring the quiet reaches of Duffins Crk. They both love canoeing and I love their company.

Ed Schaefer - Rain Lake in Algonquin Park

Ed Schaefer - Rain Lake in Algonquin Park

Dawn Gallegos - Moraine Lake in Banff National Park

Dawn Gallegos - Moraine Lake in Banff National Park

Dean Ducas - Hoople Island, Long Sault, Ontario

Dean Ducas - Hoople Island, Long Sault, Ontario

Johnny Stinson - my Son Hiker taking a break from paddling and fishing the shore of Lake Nictau, Mount Carleton P.P. New Brunswick.

Johnny Stinson - my Son Hiker taking a break from paddling and fishing the shore of Lake Nictau, Mount Carleton P.P. New Brunswick.

David MacDonnell - Moraine Lake Alberta, early winter.

David MacDonnell - Moraine Lake Alberta, early winter.

Hailey Sonntag - Paddling With Mike Ranta

Hailey Sonntag - Paddling With Mike Ranta

Warren S. Terry - My first canoe trip with my son

Warren S. Terry - My first canoe trip with my son

Nicole Dubovski - Taken on a portage somewhere between Laura Lake and Evelyn Lake in Temagami. She is wondering how she can keep the boys safe if they paddle too far ahead of us!

Nicole Dubovski - Taken on a portage somewhere between Laura Lake and Evelyn Lake in Temagami. She is wondering how she can keep the boys safe if they paddle too far ahead of us!

Cathy R - Reindeer Lake

Cathy R - Reindeer Lake

Shaun Antle - Our first canoe trips since we were kids.

Shaun Antle - Our first canoe trips since we were kids.

Adrian Clementino - Foggy mornings in camp call for longer coffee breaks! Photo shot on Big Trout L. In Algonquin Park

Adrian Clementino - Foggy mornings in camp call for longer coffee breaks! Photo shot on Big Trout L. In Algonquin Park

Mark Young - 5 day Algonquin Park solo trip

Mark Young - 5 day Algonquin Park solo trip

Dan Moon - what better representative to the start of a canoe journey than This Old Girl. She will be getting a couple of new planks, gunnels, and canvas and will be restarting her journey this coming summer.

Dan Moon - what better representative to the start of a canoe journey than This Old Girl. She will be getting a couple of new planks, gunnels, and canvas and will be restarting her journey this coming summer.

Leanne Hennessy - Kawartha Highland Provincial Park

Leanne Hennessy - Kawartha Highland Provincial Park

Deb Jeffrey - The Ramparts, NWT

Deb Jeffrey - The Ramparts, NWT

Debbie Waelz - Killarney PP

Debbie Waelz - Killarney PP

Marian Godfrey-Sonntag - This dam is getting bigger and higher each year! Howery creek, Killarney

Marian Godfrey-Sonntag - This dam is getting bigger and higher each year! Howery creek, Killarney

Brad Jennings - from the fav campsite of the summer. Cascade Falls, Lake Superior

Brad Jennings - from the fav campsite of the summer. Cascade Falls, Lake Superior

Wy Akinimo - Point Grondine Park

Wy Akinimo - Point Grondine Park

Shaun Hill

Shaun Hill

Deryck N. Robertson - Looking towards Farm Lake, Algonquin Park.

Deryck N. Robertson - Looking towards Farm Lake, Algonquin Park.

Rob Rogers - My little girl on at our secret lake near Temagami

Rob Rogers - My little girl on at our secret lake near Temagami

Christina Scheuermann - taken at the Virginia Lake portage in Temagami.

Christina Scheuermann - taken at the Virginia Lake portage in Temagami.

Michelle Duchene - My husband and I spent the summer rebuilding and re canvasing this Chestnut. Pine Lake Ontario. Awaiting many adventures.

Michelle Duchene - My husband and I spent the summer rebuilding and re canvasing this Chestnut. Pine Lake Ontario. Awaiting many adventures.

Ethan Richter - Taking the family out camping at Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park

Ethan Richter - Taking the family out camping at Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park

Derek Lawday - My scout troop having just returned from there first canoe trip. They enjoyed it so much that we are planning 2 this year.

Derek Lawday - My scout troop having just returned from there first canoe trip. They enjoyed it so much that we are planning 2 this year.

Julian Baker - 30 day trip from Superior to James Bay. This shot is taken inside the famous Thuderhouse falls canyon along the Missiniabi RIver.

Julian Baker - 30 day trip from Superior to James Bay. This shot is taken inside the famous Thuderhouse falls canyon along the Missiniabi RIver.

Rusty Julie - 3rd poratge of the day with this little champ. Heading towards the mattawa river for the first time.

Rusty Julie - 3rd poratge of the day with this little champ. Heading towards the mattawa river for the first time.

Trevor Ralph

Trevor Ralph

Deborah Hine - Ottawa

Deborah Hine - Ottawa

Carmin Harris - NWT paddling!

Carmin Harris - NWT paddling!

Natasha Kent - our new addition

Natasha Kent - our new addition

Marianne Balkwill - Jesse Lake in Quetico Provincial Park

Marianne Balkwill - Jesse Lake in Quetico Provincial Park

Zach Dayboll - Portaging through Mississagi River Provincial Park

Zach Dayboll - Portaging through Mississagi River Provincial Park

Jim Hendry - Raisin River Canoe Race in Saint Andrew’s, Ontario

Jim Hendry - Raisin River Canoe Race in Saint Andrew’s, Ontario

Pamela Fellbaum - Navigating the waters of Opeongo Lake in Algonquin Park - 10 year old at the helm and my dog Biscuit keeping a watchful eye on the other canoes in our party.

Pamela Fellbaum - Navigating the waters of Opeongo Lake in Algonquin Park - 10 year old at the helm and my dog Biscuit keeping a watchful eye on the other canoes in our party.

Chadd Webster

Chadd Webster

Jules Quachegan - Chisasibi, Northern Quebec, Canada. End of the day paddle.

Jules Quachegan - Chisasibi, Northern Quebec, Canada. End of the day paddle.

Martin Pine - A rock garden on the Big East River

Martin Pine - A rock garden on the Big East River

Kelly Grant Bosco - One foot in the canoe, one foot on a beaver dam. Algonquin Park Sept 2018 Amable du Fond River

Kelly Grant Bosco - One foot in the canoe, one foot on a beaver dam. Algonquin Park Sept 2018 Amable du Fond River

Jean Lefebvre - Whitewater Lake Sunset, Wabikimi Prov. Park

Jean Lefebvre - Whitewater Lake Sunset, Wabikimi Prov. Park

Dave Johnstone - Black River, ON

Dave Johnstone - Black River, ON

CanYak Family Adventures Blog - Lake Superior, Pukaskwa NP.

CanYak Family Adventures Blog - Lake Superior, Pukaskwa NP.

Joan Berger - Sec Lake AP

Joan Berger - Sec Lake AP

Ann Kennerly - Beautiful morning paddle on the historic Mattawa River with my son-August 2018 (in our red Swift Mattawa canoe) 😊

Ann Kennerly - Beautiful morning paddle on the historic Mattawa River with my son-August 2018 (in our red Swift Mattawa canoe) 😊

Bob Root

Bob Root

Brent Boyle - End of the portage from Quetico Lake to Kasakokwog Lake

Brent Boyle - End of the portage from Quetico Lake to Kasakokwog Lake

David Robillard - Canoe camp in the Adirondacks, father and son.

David Robillard - Canoe camp in the Adirondacks, father and son.

Debbie Macdonald - Frozen Ocean Kejimkujik National Park. 3 canoes heading to where we will be going

Debbie Macdonald - Frozen Ocean Kejimkujik National Park. 3 canoes heading to where we will be going

Cameron Nawalaniec - East Sand River in Ontario

Cameron Nawalaniec - East Sand River in Ontario

Marylynn Wendell

Marylynn Wendell

Keely Croft - Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site

Keely Croft - Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site

Craig Rutledge

Craig Rutledge

Dan Markovich - End of Kingston to Ottawa Rideau trip - approaching Parliament Hill

Dan Markovich - End of Kingston to Ottawa Rideau trip - approaching Parliament Hill

Ken N Carol Lunney - "Now where have you taken me??" - Haliburton Water Trails

Ken N Carol Lunney - "Now where have you taken me??" - Haliburton Water Trails

Dave WE - Copper Lake KHPP

Dave WE - Copper Lake KHPP

Debbie Crews

Debbie Crews

Doug Morrison - Beachcombing for firewood on Centre Lake.

Doug Morrison - Beachcombing for firewood on Centre Lake.

Preston Hunter - O.S.A Lake Killarney Provincial Park

Preston Hunter - O.S.A Lake Killarney Provincial Park

Sylvie Godel - Photo of me canoeing across Great Central Lake on Vancouver Island on the way to the trail head for Della Falls

Sylvie Godel - Photo of me canoeing across Great Central Lake on Vancouver Island on the way to the trail head for Della Falls

Sofiah Budiastuti - Speed River Guelph

Sofiah Budiastuti - Speed River Guelph

Ginette Perron - Georgian Bay

Ginette Perron - Georgian Bay

Abby Cuthbert - Mahzenazing River, Ontario

Abby Cuthbert - Mahzenazing River, Ontario

Matt Smith

Matt Smith

Colleen Worobess - Backcountry camping this past August 2018 at Big Bob Lake in Algonquin Park

Colleen Worobess - Backcountry camping this past August 2018 at Big Bob Lake in Algonquin Park

Rich McKinley

Rich McKinley

Kimberly Robinson - Woodland Beach

Kimberly Robinson - Woodland Beach

Holly Chappell - Georgian Bay, On

Holly Chappell - Georgian Bay, On

Mary Price

Mary Price

Rob Rogers - Pog Lake, Algonquin Park

Rob Rogers - Pog Lake, Algonquin Park

Barry Elford - Moon River Solo over nighter

Barry Elford - Moon River Solo over nighter