The Paddle In The Park Contest is back for 2015!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Badger® Your Friends Contest

Since starting our Badger® Paddles... for those who dig the water page on Facebook, it's following has steadily grown. And we want to celebrate that growth with all of you "BADGERS" with a Badger® contest! Help us get over a 1000 "Likes" (we are at just over 700 presently) for your chance to win. The contest rules are simple - all you have to do is suggest our page (on Facebook) to your paddling friends (so they become "BADGERS" too!) and then email us the number of friends you suggested should "Like" our page in the subject line or body of an email. That's it! Full details and prize package descriptions can be found on our website here: Badger® Your Friends Contest.


An example entry could look like this:

From: Your Name Here [mailto: your email address here]
Sent: Tuesday, February 29, 2012 8:55 PM
Subject: Badger Your Friends Contest

I told 22 friends to like Badger Paddles.


So just tell your paddling friends to "Like" us on Facebook for your chance to win - just don't forget you have to like us too!

We have some great prizes to give away too. Like a Badger® Paddle - value $130 or less - (with an included Badger® Paddle Sock), an Opeongo Day Fishing/Paddling Package from Algonquin Outfitters - value $85 ---- or choose Badger® gear if you can't make it to Algonquin. Plus we are giving away a copy of the newly re-published Hap Wilson's Temagami canoeing, kayaking and hiking guide book: "Temagami - A Wilderness Paradise". And it's signed by the author too, with a little drawing included to boot! Plus a signed CD of Paddle Songs by the very talented and celebrated Jerry Vandiver, plus Algonquin Outfitter stickers, Badger® T-shirts and more!

Jerry Vandiver's CD is full of songs for paddlers and campers alike.
A signed copy of his CD will be one of the great prizes available.
Fiona's favourite is "Under The Same Sky" What's yours?
Signed by the author, Hap Wilson also included a cute
sketch of a Badger® Paddle too.
Our "Profits of Paddling" T-shirt will also be a prize.

Another great prize from Algonquin Outfitters:
Departing from the store at the South end of Lake Opeongo,
a short water taxi ride will bring you to some of
Lake Opeongo's choice fishing holes. The Water Taxi will
return at a predetermined time to pick you back
up and return you to the base after a day of reeling in the big ones.
Click here for a full package description.
We will pick 5 random winners from our emailed entries when we reach 1000 "Likes" (after March 30, 2012*) or on April 30, 2012   - which ever comes first (see our website for full contest details and dates).

For a full list of Badger Your Friends Contest prize packs plus contest rules, visit our website. (

Good luck getting some of those prizes into your paws!!!

Note: Draw will not be held before March 30, 2012 regardless of meeting our “Likes” goal (or not) due to the logistics of collecting of the “signed copies” of some sponsored items for this contest. If we do not meet our goal of 1000 “Likes” for our page on Facebook as of April 29, 2012, then winners will be chosen on (or around) April 30, 2012 and announced shortly there after.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Badger DIGS Canoecopia 2012

This paddle (set) - close up view - will be unveiled at Canoecopia with
Nova Craft's Jackson Pollock inspired abstract art canoe.
Nova Craft's Jackson Pollock inspired abstract art canoe.
This is a very special season for us at Badger® Paddles. We almost felt like we "got a golden ticket" when we received our invitation to attend Rutabaga's renowned Canoecopia this year. Not only will this be our first official booth at a trade show or event, but this is also our first real official debut in the U.S. and we could not be more excited. It almost feels like it did the time Badger® attended our first ever event at the Swift Canoe & Kayak's Guelph Lake Sale only a few years ago.

Hand painted paddles that will be
available at Canoecopia 2012
But this time, instead of just 6 styles of oiled paddles, Badger® Paddles has grown to include WaterColours(colourfully tinted solid wood canoe paddles for kids or adults), combination finish paddles (the best of both worlds - a varnished blade with and oiled shaft/grip), Badger® Wood Oil, T-shirts, Badger® toques (hat), and more! Plus, unlike when we first launched, now every adult length  Badger® Paddle includes it's own Badger® Paddle Sock - a sock that will protect and stretch to fit almost any style paddle you have in your collection up to 65" in length - not just your Badger® Paddle.

Combination finished paddles -
varnished blade with oiled shaft/grip.

We are really having as much fun with this event as we can so be sure to stop by the Badger® Paddles booth and say hello to Mike and check out some of the hand painted paddles Fiona has done for this special occasion - including the Jackson Pollack inspired art paddles to be unveiled with Nova Craft's abstract art canoe (see above photos).

So if you want to just talk paddling, or have questions about how our paddles are made, or are interested in purchasing a paddle from it's maker, then Mike will be more then happy to chat with you. Just look for the Badger® Paddles booth. Canoecopia is held annually in Wisconsin, U.S.A. by Rutabaga. This year Canoecopia will be the weekend of March 9 - 11th. For more information and/or tickets, please visit Or read the 2012 Canoecopia Gazette. Hope to see you there if you can dig it!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Save Wolf Lake - Save Yourself

Just north of Sudbury (Ontario, Canada) and unbeknownst to most, lies the world's largest remaining old-growth red pine forest. Both Temagami area canoe route and environmental treasure, it's a place that belongs to ALL of us - not just man. It is also a place of great beauty and unimaginable ecological importance. A place that is under threat of being opened up to industry, (i.e. mining and even possibly LOGGING!) by the current Ontario government. With the change of just two words, it's designation will go from 'forest reserve' to 'general use', thus basically putting this old growth forest and it's resources up for sale.

But YOU can help SAVE WOLF LAKE with only a few "clicks". Send a message to this government, and help to ensure the future of Wolf Lake's protections by signing the online petition, and then faxing the Premier of Ontario via Earthroots Action Fax online . Now is a time to stand up for our planet. Not everything can be for sale in this world. This is one of those things. Our planet needs your voice. Wolf Lake needs your voice. You need your voice. Your children need your voice. Your grandchildren and great grandchildren will thank you for speaking up when you had the chance. And mine will too.

Visit (and share) the website for more information and to take action now!

Valentine's Day for Paddling Sweet Hearts - Canoe & Kayak Valentines

In celebration of Valentine's Day this year, we have made some Valentine's Day images for you to share with your paddling sweet heart! Download or copy your favourite (from our website or this blog) and email, tweet, or share it with your special someone on Facebook via the Badger Paddles page. These paddling specific Valentine's Day digital cards are great for canoeists and kayakers alike - Happy Valentine's Day!❣