1000 Canoes, Dorset
1000 CANOES IN THE WATER, ALL AT THE SAME TIME. Can you imagine? We can! We think it will be amazing, and we want you to help us make it happen.
Saturday May 23rd 10am – 2pm
Algonquin Outfitters will be offering a special $25 canoe rental package for the day for those who participate in the 1000 canoe flotilla and donate at the event. Canoes must be picked up at our Oxtongue Lake location the morning of Saturday May 23rd and returned before 6pm on the same day. You will be presented with a coupon upon donation at the event.
HOW IT WORKS: Come to downtown Dorset and put your canoe or kayak in Trading Bay and Old Mill Marina. There is also a group on Kawagama taking part by launching from Mountain Trout House Marina…or contact your own Lake Association to find out about organizing your own gathering. You can also launch from your own dock, wherever you are, and then send us a photo of yourself in your canoe!
It’s SUPER important that all participants let us know in advance, so we can count everyone in the total tally, which we will announce at 2pm on Saturday, from the Dorset docks.
TO DONATE: Simply click on one of the “DONATE NOW” buttons at the top and bottom of this write-up to be taken to our “Canada Helps” fundraising page. Alternatively, please print or download the pledge form below to make donations in cash or cheque, which can be dropped off at Coldwell Banker Wiley Real Estate in Dorset by the LCBO. Personal cheques can be instead be mailed to:
The Dorset Community Partnership Fund
c/o box 41
Dorset, ON P0A1E0
Donations over $20 will receive a personal tax receipt.
On your donation form, please specify which location you’ll be launching from: downtown Dorset, Kawagama Lake or your own dock.
ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT: Everyone is invited down to the Dorset Docks to kick off the day! You can join us any time after 10am to peruse the canoe exhibits and museums, do some shopping, and enjoy the hospitality of our quaint village. The barbecue and live music will fire up around 12pm. Our raffle will happen around 1pm (everyone who donates will be entered to win some awesome prizes). The event wraps up with all participants in the water at 2pm. So, if you’re launching from your own dock or at Kawagama Lake, come join us for the barbecue, but remember to leave yourself time to get back to your launch spot for 2pm!
YOU SHOULD KNOW
~ Early Bird Donation Date in effect: Donating by May 15th will get you into our Grand Prize Draw!
~ Donations $20 and more will receive a tax receipt
~ Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and send us your photos of your launch so we can share them with the world!
~ Grand Prize (Early Bird Donation): Algonquin Highlands Canoe Camping Trip: 2 days & 2 nights camping, anywhere in Algonquin Highlands, with 2 canoe rentals. $400 value!
Every donation thereafter will be entered to win:
~ A one night’s stay at the Moose Bed & Breakfast in Dorset
~ $50 lunch certificate at Trading Bay Dining Company
(more to come)
We are lucky enough to be able to offer an exclusive opportunity to get an up-close & personal look at the Canadian National Museum of History’s brand-new 34 foot birch-bark canoe, before it begins the rest of its life as a museum display. Made from locally sourced materials and using historical Aboriginal methods, this is an astonishingly beautiful and impressively authentic example of a craft (both as in “art” and “vessel”) that was at the heart of Canadian culture for centuries. Learn more about it here: 100 Canoes Later
We will also have a genuine 19th century birch-bark canoe on display, as well as a cedar-strip canoe builder demonstrating stages of construction and more!
ABOUT THE COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE HUB
What specific services will be offered? Primary Health Care Services, including consultation and care, complete physical exams, diagnosis and management of all episodic illnesses and injuries such as colds, rashes, lacerations, simple fractures, etc., Management of chronic diseases. Community Mental Health, Addictions Outreach, Dietician and Family & Children Services will also be accessible. Anyone who needs primary health care can be treated. Permanent residents, seasonal residents, visitors, tourists, cottagers, even visitors from other provinces and countries can be accommodated, with or without a family doctor. It is proposed that medical services will be provided 5 days a week, subject to the needs of the community.