Tom Thomson Paddle Art Contest

Tom Thomson 100 years Huntsville OntarioOur Tom Thomson Paddle Art Auction started it’s life back on Friday June 3rd 2016 when it was announced as our Tom Thomson Paddle Art Contest at our showing of the Reel Paddling Film Festival at the Algonquin Theatre.  Four hundred and eighty-four (484) days later on Friday Sept 29th 2017, it’s all coming to an end with our Tom Thomson Paddle Art Auction.  It’s truly been an amazing adventure along the way.  We’ve received more than double the expected number of paddles and our online auction bids have already surpassed the $10,000 goal to raise funds for Oxtongue Lake for Arts and Culture (OLAC) and the Town of Huntsville’s reserve fund for future public art acquisition.

With such great response we are giving it some serious consideration to hosting this event again in the future.

We’ve discovered and developed many great relationships along the way with amazing organizations and people.  Probably the best part of this promotion has been these relationships.  So many people reached out to us to be involved in celebrating Tom Thomson’s 100th anniversary, Art and Culture in Algonquin Park, Haliburton Highlands, and Muskoka.  So many artists and people that discovered that they may have a little art blood running through their vanes, picking up a brush, knife, torch or other tool to create their first or hundredth work of art.  So many people surprised and amazed us with just how creative they can be.

You can bid on paddles here.

Art, Culture, Travel and Film

Our Partners

Oxtongue Lake for Arts and Culture

Town of Huntsville

Tom Thomson Gallery

Culture Days Muskoka

Featured Artists

These artists deserve special recognition, they not only engaged in our Tom Thomson Paddle Art Contest and Auction by creating some stunning works of art, but they helped us promote our Paddle Art Contest / Auction through sharing our posts, hosting workshop and more.  These artists have also chosen to exclude themselves from our contest part allowing other inspiring artists to be eligible for our prizes.


Contest Prizes for Artists

We’d like to thank our many partners who have provided a prize for the top paddle creators in our Tom Thomson Paddle Art Auction.  Paddles that achieve the highest bids will be awarded their choice of the prizes listed below in order of highest ending bid to lowest, until the prizes are exhausted.  We promised 1 prize for every 25 entries, these partners helped us not only meet this ratio but exceed it.

Badger Paddle Prize

Badger Paddle – up to $190 value

Badger Paddles has provided a “Your Choice” Paddle as one of our prize.  You literally get to pick any paddle from their selection of locally hand made solid wood paddles.  It’s going to be a difficult decision with so many great styles to choose from.  Will you choose a; Tripper, BadgerTail, Sliver, La Bonga or maybe a youth or adult Watercolour Paddle?  –

Ultimate Canoe Trip Package Prize

Algonquin Outfitters 3 day Ultimate Canoe Trip for 2 – $650 value

Join Algonquin Outfitters on this 3 day adventure in Algonquin Park, you even get to bring a friend.  We’ll provide our best canoe, all the camping gear you’ll need including a dome tent, sleeping bags, comfortable inflatable pads and even a delicious meal plan. We’ll even take care of all the planning and organizing and put you up in one of our tent cabins the night before and after your trip.  These are thing things that make memories that last a lifetime.  (upgrade to guided canoe trip available for an extra fee) –

Mosquito Buzz Cottage Treatment – $799 value

We don’t mind killing the buzz. In fact, mosquito control is what we do best! Safeguard your cottage with professional services to manage mosquitoes, and beat the buzz all season long!  This must-have prize includes 7 applications of professional mosquito control, spaced 14-21 days apart to keep you covered throughout the season.  Prize value based just under a half acre property. – Provided by

Nixon Watch

Nixon Watch – $169 Value

Founded in 1998 in Encinitas, CA, Nixon is the premium watch and accessories brand for the youth lifestyle market.

We make the little things better. The stuff you have that isn’t noticed first, but can’t be ignored. We pay attention to it. We argue about it. We work day and night to make the little things as good as it can be, so when you wear it, you feel like you’ve got a leg up on the rest of the world. –

White Birches Cottages Prize

White Birches Resort Getaway for 2 – $250 Value

Come and stay at the White Birches Resort on beautiful Oxtongue Lake.  A family-run cottage resort situated just minutes from Ontario’s crown jewel, Algonquin Park. Situated on the shore of Oxtongue Lake our cottages are located in manicured grounds, with no roads to cross or hills to climb to get to the beach. This prize package includes a 2 night stay in  your own private 1 bedroom cottage during May, June, September or October (Excluding long weekends).  –

North Art Supplies Prize

North Art Supplies $250 Gift Certificate

North Art Supplies provides fine art supplies and custom framing in Huntsville, Ontario. We offer friendly, helpful service from knowledgeable Muskoka artists.  This prize package consists of a $250 gift certificate designed to unleash your creative side, choose from a wide selection of art supplies or framing services.  –

Painting with Janine Marson Prize

Painting lesson with Janine Marson & Art Supplies – $250 value

Oxtongue Lake for Arts and Culture wants to inspire you to embrace your inner artists with an on location (Ragged Falls) painting lesson by Janine Marson.  Come and light the art spirit within you! Learn form a qualified instructor in an encouraging environment.  Work in you choice of watercolour, acrylic, pastel or oils. Instruction and demos will be given on composition, and design, colour mixing and painting techniques. –

Yakima Prize

Yakima Racks $250 Gift Certificate at Algonquin Outfitters

Yakima is the world’s leading brand of car racks, including roof racks, bike racks, hitch racks, and many more for all of life’s adventures. Get your gear to the rail or river with a $250 Algonquin Outfitters gift certificate for Yakima Gear –

AO Gift Card

Algonquin Outfitters $250 Gift Card

Use this $250 Algonquin Outfitters gift card to go on an adventure, rent some gear or even purchase any regular or sale priced products from any of our stores. Consider it your gateway to a little adventure. –

AO Gift Card

Algonquin Outfitters $250 Gift Card

Use this $250 Algonquin Outfitters gift card to go on an adventure, rent some gear or even purchase any regular or sale priced products from any of our stores. –



Live Event at the Algonquin Theatre

Join us between 3pm and 9pm at the Algonquin Theatre in historic downtown Huntsville, Ontario for our live event celebrating our Tom Thomson Paddle Art Auction.

Friday September 29th 2017 – Algonquin Theatre

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We hope you can join us on Friday Sept 29th at the Algonquin Theatre to celebrate our Tom Thomson Paddle Art Contest / Auction.

You can bid on paddles here.  See you there!

Tom Thomson Paddle Art Auction

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