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National Canoe Day is this coming weekend — Saturday June 26th. Getting involved is easy — go out and paddle somewhere.

This event all started when the canoe was named one of the Seven Wonders of Canada by CBC Radio in 2007. Over 1 million votes were cast towards it. That interest intrigued the Canadian Canoe Museum and they decided to continue the celebration, as well as engage new paddlers across Canada, by announcing a countrywide event.

The Canoe Museum is asking individuals across the country to coordinate and document a canoe-related event in their area on June 26, 2010. It can be as simple as going for a paddle down a local river or strapping your canoe to your roof-rack and driving around with it for the day. Your business can offer canoe-related discounts or themes, or distribute National Canoe Day information. You can organize a main-street-portage with local canoe groups, a canoe-a-thon, a race, or a party.

Small or large, we ask that you register your event on there website National Canoe Day and document and share your participation via photo, video, or blog. With the assistance of our media sponsors, they'll be collecting your stories and images and highlighting them online. How am I celebrating?

I'll be at Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park near Mattawa (one of my favourite provincial parks) to take in the day. The event organized is from Noon until 4:00 pm and has free Voyageur canoe tours (that's really cool), a sing along to live music by Freshwater Trade, paddle making workshops at the neighbouring Canadian Ecology Centre, a display of traditional, modern and unique canoes and a massive group paddle (canoes can be rented). I'll be there as MC and to help celebrate.

National Canoe Day belongs to all of us — let's celebrate.

For more information check out Mattawa Voyageur Country