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Pioneer of Women-Only Travel Stages Canada’s Largest Women’s Paddling Event in June 2018 on Ontario’s Lake Huron

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Wild Women Expeditions, the leader and trailblazer of women-only travel, will host one of the world’s largest women-only paddling events again this summer near Toronto, Canada.

The 5th annual Women on the Water Festival is expected to draw upwards of 120 women June 8-10, 2018, to the shores of Lake Huron on Georgian Bay for a weekend focused on learning water-concentrated skills while bonding with other women.

Along with co-sponsor, the Ontario Sea Kayak Center, Wild Women Expeditions is assembling some of Canada’s finest female kayak, canoe and standup paddle board coaches to instruct and guide women from beginner to advanced levels of paddling sports.

For two days, women will focus on developing and honing paddling and rolling skills that lead to lifelong pursuits and personal empowerment. Among the celebrated coaches well-known in the Ontario paddling scene slated to be instructors is Dympna Hayes, co-owner of the Ontario Sea Kayak Center and a Paddle Canada Level Two Instructor.

On Saturday women choose a paddling discipline and level best representing interests and skill sets and then work on learning or upgrading skills. Workshops include beginner and intermediate kayaking, canoeing and introductory and intermediate standup paddle boarding. On Sunday are paddle sport tours, instruction with video feedback and a program called “Navigation and Weather in the Wild,” a dryland session on piloting, aiming off, shooting a bearing, dead reckoning and when to make judgement calls. For details see here.

This festival weekend is just one of Wild Women Expeditions’ retreats and itineraries that help women create and build skills by focusing on specific activities in the outdoors.

“We are dedicated to helping women build the skills and confidence to venture out into the wilderness because many women want to learn how to paddle but are intimidated to get started,” said WWE Director Jennifer Haddow. “We provide a fun, empowering space for women to learn how to handle themselves with a paddle and know how to be safe on their wilderness adventures.”


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