National Paddling Week


Happy National Paddling week to all the paddlers out there! Get those paddles ready because the first session at The Taylor Statten Camps begins in just 19 days.

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To really appreciate the beauty of the Canadian wilderness, travelling by canoe offers the most serene, natural and satisfying way to do so. Although the canoe has been means of transportation for many years, there is no wonder why it has developed into a pastime enjoyed by so many.  The sunny shores of Canoe Lake grabbed the hearts of the Statten’s and formed the place we have come to love!

Canoe Trip, Algonquin Park summer camps, TSC, Outdoor Summer CampThe much adored Algonquin Park sits atop a lake-covered highland, down from which flow winding rivers and the promise of endless adventure. Making sense to why the common name “canoe country” has been given to the Park. Algonquin Park has been introduced to thousands of people through children’s camping. Offering children the opportunity to bask in our natural world is a gift that has become truly more appreciated with the age of technology. Summers spent at camp provide our youth the opportunity to explore, get creative, and make meaningful friendships and memories that will last forever.

Canoe trip and the essence of paddling is something the Taylor Statten Camps has held closely for many years. Canoe tripping creates a type of friendship, resilience and deeper meaning that is hard to come across any other way. Canoe trip wouldn’t be possible without paddling, so…

In the spirit of National Paddling Week we’ve dedicated this blog to Canoe Strokes!

The following information on canoe strokes is from Doug Lloyd. It was found in the Wapomeo Trip Room in the mid-sixties. A fun fact is that this detailed information was actually sent to the Ontario Camping Association a couple years before-hand!

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  1. Standing – canoe motionless at the beginning of a stroke.
  2. Running – canoe under way, caused by paddling.
  3. Bow – referring to the side of the paddler’s regular stroke.
  4. Cross-bow – referring to the side opposite of the paddler’s regular stroke.

The Basic Strokes

  • Bow Stroke

This is a plain stroke, with the purpose of moving the canoe forward. When in the bow there are moments where many other types of strokes must be used. Below is a list of commonly used bow strokes!

  • The ‘J’ Stroke

This is also a stroke for moving the canoe forward and maintaining its motion in a straight line. This stroke is not used in the bow but rather in the stern of the boat.

Bow Steering Stokes

  • Bow Cut
  • Cross-bow Cut
  • Bow Rudder
  • Cross-bow rudder

Draw Strokes

  • Bow Draw   
  • Cross-bow Draw

Special Strokes (mainly singling)

Singling a canoe is a difficult trick of the trade but a rewardingone at that. Although much of our favourite adventures are found amongst our cabin mates, learning to single a canoe is definitely beneficial.

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  • Standing Pry
  • Running Pry
  • Backwater
  • Push away
  • Standing Draw
  • Feathering
  • Reverse feathering
  • Front Sweep
  • Reverse Sweep
  • Stern Draw
  • Reverse J
  • Figure of Eight


See you on the sunny shores of Canoe Lake!

For more information on our Canoe Tripping Program, click here!