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News Update ~ April 29, 2007

The draw for the the 'Wee Lassie" canoe was held on the main stage of Maplefest at 4PM on Saturday, April 28 and the lucky winner was Ann Drennan of Tay Valley Township. On hearing the news, Ann proclaimed that this was the first thing she had ever won in her entire life. Many thanks to all participants in this fund raiser for the preservation of the Tay Watershed. The 'Wee Lassie' lottery is now closed.

News Update ~ April 26, 2007

Last chance to purchase a ticket to win the beautiful 'Wee Lassie' canoe ~ April 28 at our booth at Maplefest ~ Gore Street Perth. The winning ticket will be drawn at 4:00 pm on that day at the main stage. The winner's name will be posted here. Internet ticket sales are now over. Thanks to all who have supported this event.

News Update ~ March 6, 2007

There are still some lottery tickets available for the 'Wee Lassie' cedar strip canoe, but there is not much time left for you to buy your ticket. The winning ticket will be drawn at 4pm on April 28th, at the Friends of the Tay Watershed booth at Maplefest in Perth, Ontario. Tickets will be on sale at our booth on that day, as well as through this website until then. The 'Wee Lassie' is a beautiful little boat and she could be yours for as little as $2. It may be the best investment you have ever made.

Please click here for the order form, or see below for more details.

News Update ~ November 7, 2006

Wee Lassie Lottery tickets would make excellent seasonal gifts, particularly for insertion into cards, as stocking stuffers, or as hostess gifts. Not only would you give the potential for winning this beautiful little craft, but you would also help the Friends of the Tay Watershed in our stewardship program.
Please click here for order form, or see below for more details.

News Update ~ September 7, 2006

Sales of the Wee Lassie Lottery tickets are going very well, thanks to the generosity of Perth and area residents and visitors from afar. We have now passed the half-way point in ticket sales and this event is proving to be an excellent fund raiser in support of the work of the Friends of the Tay Watershed.

Everyone seems to really love this little boat. Opinions are divided, however, as to whether it should be put in the water or hung on a wall as an original work of art. In related news, the Wee Lassie has just been signed by its builder, George Field, in keeping with its status as an original work of art.

To order lottery tickets for the Wee Lassie, please see the information below.


Thanks to the generosity of a Perth resident who wishes to remain anonymous, some lucky ticket holder will win a magnificent hand crafted, 12-foot cedar strip canoe known as the 'Wee Lassie'. The raffle is sponsored by the Friends of the Tay Watershed.

Raffle tickets are now on sale at:

    • 1 ticket for $2       ($2.00 each)
    • 3 tickets for $5     ($1.67 each)
    • 10 tickets for $15 ($1.50 each).

To order lottery tickets by mail, please send your cheque and the completed printer friendly order form available by clicking here. to:

      Friends of the Tay Watershed
      PO Box 2065
      57 Foster Street
      Perth , ON
      K7H 3M9

We will mail the tickets back to you as soon as possible, so that you will know that you are entered in the lottery.

Raffle tickets will also be available at various locations around the Town of Perth. The winning ticket will be drawn at the Friends of the Tay Watershed booth at Maplefest in Perth on April 28, 2007 at 4:00 pm.

The winner must claim the prize in person, with identification, at a mutually convenient time and location.

This lottery is registered with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario ~ licence number M00533. To comply with the regulations, the following conditions are applicable:
    1. The ticket purchaser must be at least 18 years of age.
    2. Raffle tickets are not solicited or accepted from persons located outside of Ontario.
    3. The vendor and purchaser of raffle tickets must both be physically present in Ontario at the time the sale takes place.
    4. The raffle lottery scheme is not advertised, promoted or otherwise marketed to persons located outside Ontario.

This information is intended only for people who meet these conditions.

‘Wee Lassie’ Double-Paddle Canoe

The ‘Wee Lassie’ is an 11’6” canoe constructed of clear cedar strips, that uses a double-end paddle, similar to a kayak. This particular canoe is especially beautiful, because of the method the builder has used in alternating matched colours of wood strips – in the hull and even the paddle. The hull is protected with a layer of fiberglass and finished with several coats of varnish.

Aside from its beautiful appearance, the Wee Lassie’s popularity stems from its design – its exceptional handling ability and speed, which is due to its length, the use of a double-end paddle1, and the seat location in the bottom of the canoe. Its shallow draft permits it to go into areas not open to other larger boats. Equally interesting is its light weight – at only 36 pounds (16 kgs.), the canoe can be easily navigated, and loaded or portaged by one person. Despite this light weight, it is said by to have a load capacity in excess of 225 pounds. Watertight storage is provided in both bow and stern lockers.

The 'Wee Lassie' has been a canoe of choice for outdoor enthusiasts throughout North America since the first version of this classic boat was designed over 100 years ago - in 1893 - by American naval architect Henry Rushton, with the name ‘Nessmuk’. One buyer, William West Durant, re-named it ‘Wee Lassie’. More recently, interest in the canoe expanded greatly when the present design was featured in the book “Featherweight Boatbuilding” (Mac McCarthy, 1996) - slightly longer and incorporating a tracking v-keel.

1 The Tender Craft Boat Shop Inc, in Toronto, notes that ‘The kayak paddle provides more power than a traditional canoe paddle, because you stroke on both sides of the boat with no recovery stroke … keeping the boat on a straighter course, so less correction strokes are needed. Paddling forward and turning with the kayak paddle is simple and intuitive. No fancy strokes must be learned as in traditional canoe paddling. The paddler sits on the boat bottom creating less windage and more stability.’

Some Internet sources of information on the Wee Lassie:

For additional information or questions on this raffle contact Friends of the Tay Watershed Association: [email protected]