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P&H Sea Kayaks was on hand for the Mountain Equipment Co-op Paddlefest in Toronto, Canada June 13-15. The P&H Great Lakes Squad was mobilized for a border crossing, as Kelly Blades and I made the trek to this always fun event.

MEC is the largest outdoor retailer in Canada, and the Toronto event is the largest of a series of paddle events held throughout the provinces. Along with the P&H team, coaches such as TITS juggernaut Justine Curgenven, Greenland-style man of mystery “Dubside,” and US freestyle canoe champ Karen Knight were all on hand to help make the event a success. With over 200 participants on the water at any given time, the MEC staff made organization look easy and made everyone feel right at home with typical Canadian hospitality.

Kelly and Justine lead a “Kayak Play” class…

Kelly Blades and Justine Curgenven

A strong storm rolled in on Sunday, forcing an earlier than expected end to the day…