Last year a plaque that recognized the courage of the Starkell’s adventure south to the Amazon River was stolen by low lives for the value of the metal to a scrap dealer.
Just recently Jim Smith of Winnipeg had a new plaque made and now can be seen at Seniors Park where the Starkell’s launched in 1980 to reach Belem Brazil.
A big thanks Jim.
Fellow Paddling Enthusiasts and Adventurers,
The 3rd annual Paddle to the Park flotilla/race and picnic is set for Saturday, July 19th.
Here are the basics:
*********** 3rd Annual Flotilla, Canoe/Kayak Race and Picnic ***********
Date: Saturday, July 19th, 2014
Where: Main Event and Launch Location:
Manitoba Paddling Association (MPA – Riverside dock)
80 Churchill Drive
Who: Everyone welcome – all ages, families and friends (newbies, novices, recreational and competitive paddlers will be participating in this event…dragonboat seats and canoes/kayaks with all required gear will be available for rent if you do not have a boat – see details at bottom)
When: 9:30 AM - Arrival and ready for launch.
10:30 AM – Mass Departure of all craft (race and flotilla) from MPA dock paddling down stream towards The Forks.
Race: 10:30 AM - A short 2 km race has been incorporated in this year’s event (MPA dock to Norwood Bridge just before The Forks) for those participants looking for more than just a leisurely paddle (prizes to be announced).
Flotilla participants can take a break at The Forks before the short upstream paddle back to MPA dock for afternoon picnic and prize drawings.
Picnic: 12-3:00 PM – Picnic lunch at MPA. Food and drinks also available from on-site vendors.
Distance: 4 km (2 km downstream and 2 km return. Approx 30-45 mins each direction.)
Winnipeg Harvest (food donations)
Canadian Cancer Society (proceeds from equipment rentals and Dragon Boat seats)
Wholesale Sports and Wilderness Supply (Prize Sponsors)
“Bring a tin for the bin” All paddlers that bring at least 1 non-perishable food item to support Winnipeg Harvest will be entered into the draw for prizes.
Dragon Boats; Canoe & Kayak Rentals: Dragon-boat seats will be available on a first come basis for $20, Canoes $40 and Kayaks $50 (all gear included with proceeds going to support the Canadian Cancer Society).
For more information, please contact the Manitoba Paddling Association: 204-925-5678
Event Sticker: Available at the MPA on event day.
This film is dedicate Don’s spirit, courage and sense of adventure.
Thanks for the memories old friend.
I have just read “Paddle to the Amazon” and on searching for more information on the Internet was saddened to hear of your Dad’s passing last year. What an amazing achievement and experience for the two of you. I would have liked to have congratulated your Dad whilst he was still alive but to both of you well done!!
I am a paddler myself (having done many long endurance surfski and canoe races in my home country South Africa) so know (on a minute scale compared to you) some of the hardships that you went through. For you I’m sure that the physical pain of the trip is much forgotten and only the memories of the incredible experiences you had are left!
I have passed on your details to a friend of mine for inspiration as he is currently paddling along the South African coast from the Namibian boarder to the Mozambique border. Seehttp://tourismza.wordpress.com/category/expeditions-events/paddling-for-smiles/
Congratulations once again.
All the best
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!