Help us celebrate Algonquin Outfitters 55th anniversary (1961-2016) and Tom Thomson’s 100 Anniversary of his death in Algonquin Park (1917-2017).

The Paddle Art Contest connects a couple of things in local culture that we love, paddling and art. We’re hoping to have 100 paddles created for Tom Thomson’s 100th anniversary (did you know that Tom’s paddle was never found?). To enter the contest all you have to do is visit an Algonquin Outfitters store (paddles will eventually be available at all of our stores but right now they are already available in Huntsville and Oxtongue lake.) There’s a $25 entry fee and for that we provide the canvas for your masterpiece; either an unfinished paddle blank or a rough paddle blank (for carving). It’s your job to create something unique. It’s not limited to painting, you could burn an image or design into the paddle, or carve it into something unique it’s totally up to you. We can’t wait to see what creative designs you come up with.

Tom Thomson 100 years

Step One – Register to enter the contest

Registration is just $25 (taxes included).  Included with your registration is a paddle blank to create your masterpiece with.  Registration can be made in person at the following Algonquin Outfitters locations:

  • Bracebridge: 60 Manitoba Street, Bracebridge Ontario P1L1S1 (Map/Directions) 705-645-9262
  • Haliburton: 218 Highland Street, Haliburton Ontario K0M 1S0 (Map/Directions) 705-457-3737
  • Huntsville: 86 Main Street East, Huntsville Ontario P1H 2C7 (Map/Directions) 705-787-0262
  • Lake of Two Rivers Store: Highway #60 at km 31.4, Algonquin Park (Map/Directions)
  • Opeongo: Lake: Opeongo at Access Point #11 Algonquin Park (Map/Directions) 613-637-2075
  • Oxtongue: 1035 Algonquin Outfitters Road, Dwight, Ontario, P0A 1H0 (Map/Directions)  705-635-2243
  • Port Carling: 119 Medora Street, Port Carling Ontario P0B 1J0 (Map/Directions) 705-765-2074

Q: Must I use the paddle blank provided by Algonquin Outfitters.
A: No you don’t have to use the paddles provided but registration is still $25.  If you would like to use your own material to create your paddle and ship or drop it off at one of the Algonquin Outfitters stores you can register and pay your $25.

Step Two – Create your paddle art

With your in-store registration you will receive either an unfinished paddle or a rough paddle blank.  Rough paddle blanks are best for those wishing to carve their paddle and provide more material to work with. During the creation of you paddle you can use any style of art you wish; painting, burning, carving, sculpture, etc.  You can use extra material to create your finished paddle art as long as some part of it is still a paddle.  The only limitation is your imagination!

Step Three – Return your completed paddle art

(Deadline: Aug 31st 2017 Next Year)

  • Complete the Completed paddle submission form and securely attach it to your paddle.
  • Return your completed paddle art to any Algonquin Outfitters location before the contest deadline.  If you wish to ship your paddle please package and protect it to insure safe delivery to the address below.

Optional Shipping Address:

Paddle Art Contest
C/O Algonquin Outfitters
86 Main Street East
Huntsville, Ontario

Step Four – Online Auction

The final step (and how we choose our winners) will take place in September 2017 with an online auction and live event at the Algonquin Theatre on Friday Sept 29th 2017, held to raise funds for our supported charities.  Auction details will be provided later.

Prizes from our prize pool (a minimum of one prize will be added for every 25 paddles received) will be awarded to the artists of the paddles that raise the most at auction.


Paddle Art Contest



Contest Rules  •  Contest Prizes