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Annual Canada Day paddle goes virtual

This year’s event will be called Parade of Paddles, Together/Apart
Parade of Paddles. Supplied photo

This year’s Parade of Paddles, hosted by the Sault Ste. Marie Canal, will be slightly different than usual, but the folks at the canal are still encouraging people to get out on the water.

The Parade of Paddles is an annual event that celebrates Canada Day, with the goal being to fill the lock with as many canoes or kayaks as possible. Due to COVID-19 and physical distancing restrictions still in place, the challenge this year will be for paddlers to take the vessel of their choice to their favourite paddling spot, instead of the Sault Canal, says an event post on Facebook.

To participate in the challenge, paddlers are asked to simply take photos of themselves paddling at their spot and share the photos on the Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site’s Facebook page

The virtual parade will be held on July 1, with the hopes of having 125 participants in honour of the Canal’s 125th anniversary.