This film is dedicate Don’s spirit, courage and sense of adventure.
Thanks for the memories old friend.
Recently Dana received an email from a fan with the attached scanned page from an old edition of Paddle to the Amazon. To see more details paddletotheamazon.com/correspondence
put together an exhibit this summer about long journeys in small boats, from 1866 to 1980. The Starkell’s journey to Belem is featured. The boat Orellana itself is a part of the exhibit, on loan from the Canadian Canoe Museum.
The Antique Boat Museum is the largest freshwater nautical museum in North America, and has 30,000 visitors a year to our waterfront campus in the Thousand Islands. They have exhibits on boating history, and teach sailing and rowing. You can learn more about them at the website, abm.org.
Imagination Flowing Into Action Is Reality. – “Don Starkell”
My name is Dominique and I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed reading Paddle to the Amazon. I read it when I was in high school in the mid 90s. The book had a profound impact on me.
Paddle to the Amazon fired my imagination and I dreamed of canoeing from Saskatchewan, where I lived at the time, to New Orleans, but as the years past my dream died.
In November of 2010, my life changed following the death of my hero – my uncle Mitch. Following his death, I knew there would never be a better time to turn my dream into reality.
Starting June 8, 2012, I began my journey on the Frenchman River. My goal was to raise awareness about heart disease and to honour the life of my uncle who died of a heart attack at age 42. I carried his ashes with me and spread them in his favourite city - New Orleans. I arrived there Jan. 28, 2013.
I can not understate the impact Paddle to the Amazon has had on my life.
Regards and appreciation,
Dear fellow paddlers and adventurers,
I paddled our scheduled Paddle to the Park (PTTP) route yesterday with a good friend of mine and I’m happy to report back that the conditions were ideal. The Red river is back to near normal summer levels, very little current, and the weather looks even nicer for tomorrow (Sunday, July 21st) We covered the PTTP route in 2 hours including a 15 minute stop at the Winnipeg Canoe Club for a snack break. (By the way, we will be passing under the BDI Bridge.) We have scheduled 3 hours to cover the route for this years PTTP – so plan to make this a leisurely paddle and enjoy the trip.
The dock at the Manitoba Paddling Association at 80 Churchill Drive is where we will be launching from and returning to for the afternoon picnic. The dock is low to the river for easy access and rubberized so no concern for damage to your canoe or kayak. The MPA will have patrol boats out for added safety. Please remember to pack a lunch and drinks.
For those who don’t have access to a paddle craft:
Canoe and kayak rentals will be available from the MPA including the option to purchase a $20. seat position on one of the Dragon Boats. All proceeds to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Another option is to walk or bike the trail which starts at the MPA and follows the river and most of the PTTP route – anyone is welcome to join us at the picnic following the paddle. There is no cost to attend.
Gabby from Mexico, Chris Forde – the documentary maker, and my brother Jeff are all arriving today. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.
*** Important Note to guests who plan to attend the picnic. ***
Due to river conditions the picnic has been moved to the Manitoba Paddling Association
at 80 Churchill Drive. This is where the canoes will depart from
and return to for the picnic segment of the event.
July 21st weather: +26c /+79f and partly sunny.
Schedule for Sunday, July 21, 2013 – Paddle to the Park:
9:00 am Canoes assemble at the Manitoba Paddling Association (Rain or Shine)
(80 Churchill Drive, Winnipeg, MB)
10:00 am Canoes depart and travel South along the Red River.
12:00 pm Canoes arrive at the Winnipeg Canoe Club (Break-Stop)
12:30 pm Canoes depart from the Winnipeg Canoe Club.
1:00 pm Canoes arrive back at docks at the Manitoba Paddling Association.
1-4 pm Afternoon Picnic at the Manitoba Paddling Association.
Please show your support and purchase a Paddle to the Park decal for your canoe
All proceeds go directly to the Canadian Cancer Society
Fellow paddlers and adventurers, July 21st is coming up fast – here’s the latest news:
Happy Canada Day
Don Starkell – one of our favourite Canadians, we’re thinking of you.
Here’s a link to his Facebook Page.
Completed piece for the muralmosaic Canada games project. Panel #123 entitled “The legacy (Starkell Family). This will be on its way to join the other panels in Sherbrooke Quebec! Enjoy!