A message for eastern Ontario canoeists and kayakers -
From: The Tay Canal 175th Anniversary Committee -

Come and Join Us for a Paddle on an Historic River
and help us inaugurate the 175th Anniversary of the Tay Canal
Saturday, May 16, 2009; 10:00am
Beginning at Perth's Last Duel Park

On May 16, you are invited to join a canoe and kayak flotilla that will launch the 2009 celebrations for this historic anniversary.  This tour will also mark the official opening ceremony for the upper Rideau and Tay Canals, at the Perth Turning Basin. 

This paddle through history promises to be an event to remember.  Launching at Last Duel Park on the edge of Perth, you will paddle the short distance up the Tay, accompanied by the Voyageur canoes replete with period costumes.  At the Turning Basin, the Canal's 175th year will be launched as you 'paddle past the Perth Pipers', pose for the official anniversary photograph, and participate in the official declaration of the opening of the locks for 2009.  The flotilla will then enjoy the first organised tour of the season down the Tay Canal, returning later for refreshments, music, and camaraderie - and the anniversary cake - at Last Duel Park.

In addition to touring the canal, you will also have the opportunity to learn about this pristine canal and Tay Marsh and find out what made this canal's long, eventful and, at times, scandalous, history so remarkable. 

With your help and participation, this will be a celebration appropriate to this little-known paddling gem and its history.

For details, timing and directions for this event, just let us know of your interest, by e-mail at [email protected]   or by telephone (613) 264 0094 or 264 9693. 
And for information on the many other events and activities for the Tay Canal 175th Anniversary this summer, visit www.tayriver.org/tay175/events.php.

Thank you for joining the canoe and kayak event of the season on the Tay Canal. 

PS: We will have Tay Canal 175 displays at two locations on April 25th - at Maplefest in Perth and at the Trailhead Spring Runoff Festival, in Ottawa.

The Steering Committee
Tay Canal 175th Anniversary Celebration 2009
Tel. (613) 264 0094
[email protected]

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