This year, TSACBA hosted Paddle to Power, a show featuring canoes, boats, and outboards manufactured in the Peterborough area, at the Isabel Morris Park in Lakefield. Selwyn Township was an excellent partner providing the park, access to the washroom at the arena next to the park, and both electrical and water connections. Staff were most helpful.
Members of TSACBA, ACBS Toronto Chapter, and the Manotick Classic Boat Club brought 27 boats to the display, a cross section of wood and fiberglass boats and even an aluminum boat. A hit of the show was TSACBA’s Half and Half Project, a 1952 Lakefield cedar strip with a Johnson motor, part of a restoration project showing that anything can be restored. One side is being restored and the other side shows the original condition of the boat. Visitors got a real opportunity to see the restoration process and what can be done with an actual barn find.
The weather was excellent and there was a nice breeze coming in off the water next to the park. The sun brought out a steady crowd of an estimation 1,000 people throughout the day to view the display. Many of our exhibitors said what a good time they had and they really enjoyed the opportunity to spend time in a relaxed setting talking with visitors to the event. We set up the BBQ and with thanks to the Milligan family, we offered sausages and burgers to all of the volunteers.
CHEX Television gave us an excellent deal on two weeks of prime-time advertising prior to the event and Gateway Powersports provided a 4X4 to move the boats around the field if the ground was not hard enough for regular vehicles. Our sincere thanks to Selwyn Township, CHEX Television, and Gateway Powersports.
Whether you display your boat or not, it’s fun just to come out to an event like this and “chin wag” with a great bunch of people who enjoy antique and classic boats as much as you.