302 days left until Canoecopia!     March 13 - 15
Canoecopia is presented by Rutabaga Paddlesports


  David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 18 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools Ontario. When not teaching courses, he can be found guiding trips on Lake Superior. David lives in Toronto where he works as a web designer with the Ontario Provincial Government. Future dream jobs include becoming a professional wrestler referee or a certified waterslide tester.


 An Introduction to Tides and Currents for Freshwater Paddlers
Pre-recorded - Fri 3:00pm-4:00pm 

Has figuring out when low tide will happen on your first ocean kayak trip got you down? That's ok, it can get confusing. This presentation will cover how tides and currents work, and how to work them into the planning of your first kayak trip. We promise not to get bogged down into a lot of complex math.

 Best Paddling Trips of the Canadian Side of Lake Superior
Pre-recorded - Sat 3:00pm-4:00pm 

The Canadian side of Lake Superior has 1,549 miles of wilderness shoreline for you to paddle, but like every good fishing hole, many of the routes are kept kind of secret. David's been paddling on Lake Superior for 20 years and that's all going to change as he's spilling the beans on where to go, how to get there, what you'll see and what makes that route... superior. This will be appealing for both beginners and experienced campers alike.

 Introduction to Weather for Paddlers
Live - Sun 11:00am-12:00pm 

If you find yourself confused by the weird, wonderful and often windy world of weather, then join us. In this clinic David will demystify where weather comes from as well teach you how to make your own daily forecasts. This is perfect for anybody looking to understand what's going on in the sky above, while paddling below.

 Navigation for Paddlers: The Art of Staying Found
Live - Fri 2:00pm-3:00pm 

Do you find yourself getting intimidated, confused or turned around while trying to navigate on a canoe or sea kayak trip? If so, find your way to this presentation where we will introduce you to the tips and tricks to help keep from getting lost. We will also cover how to read topographic and nautical charts, as well as how to shoot bearings on a map.

 The Search and Rescue Machine
Pre-recorded - Sat 1:00pm-2:00pm 

So, you're in trouble and you've called for help by activating your satellite messenger or personal locator beacon. What happens next? This presentation covers everything that happens behind the scenes in the world of search and rescue, and how they actually find and rescue you.

Canoecopia is presented by Rutabaga Paddlesports