Coming April 2021
There are many great places to paddle in the world, but we are unabashedly proud of what Newfoundland and Labrador offers. Living so far out into the North Atlantic has blessed us with a world-class playground of coastlines, rivers and adventures to last a lifetime.
But it’s not just our playground that makes this place amazing; it is the people who paddle here. Our population may be small, but our paddling community, spanning generations, is tight, colourful and vibrant.
We hope you enjoy this glimpse into what it is like to paddle in the place that is Newfoundland and Labrador.
Paddle East Season 1
The Father at Cape Broyle -- Sea Kayaking
Corey Locke lost his father at a young age. Today, he is the father of two young boys. Like any father, he is often torn between adventures with his kids and keeping up with his paddling buddies. What is balance, and how do we know when we have it?
The Outsider at Southwest Brook -- Whitewater Canoeing
Raphael Soucy is a Frenchman from New Brunswick working to gain acceptance among a tight group of paddling friends in the hope of being asked to join an upcoming adventure. How important is close friendship when building a team to take on big adventures?
Our Buddy on Harry’s River -- Whitewater Canoeing
Jeff Martin struggles to provide childcare for his two young daughters while at the same time working remotely from home in a new job during the COVID lockdown. What priority should regular adventure take in a life of isolation and increasing responsibilities?
The Apprentice at Chance Cove – Sea Kayaking
Shane Bailey is the apprentice sea kayak instructor working to make sea kayak instruction a bigger part of his income. Shane is a strong hands-on instructor but sometimes struggles to impart soft skills as part of his mentorship for Level 2 instructor certification. What advice can someone from the previous generation of instructors offer Shane as he heads into the final stage of his mentorship?
The Mentor on the Main River – Whitewater Canoeing
Keith Payne is among the first generation of whitewater canoe instructors in the province. His beloved Main River is not only challenging to paddle but challenging to find a group with the skill to pull it off. An unexpected email from Keith led to a group of his former canoe students jumping at the chance to paddle the Main for the first time. Is there anything left for Keith to show the next generation of paddlers?