Annual Speaking Tour

During the winter months, organizers of The Wabakimi Project mount an extensive speaking tour to promote the Wabakimi area as a world-class wilderness canoeing destination and to recruit participants for the upcoming season's trips. Presentation venues include major paddling events, guest speaker series sponsored by retail paddle shops and the regular meetings of canoe clubs and outdoor recreation organizations. At major paddling events, organizers mount an attractive booth display of posters and maps where attendees can meet organizers and learn more about The Wabakimi Project and discuss canoeing opportunities in the Wabakimi Area.

In fulfilling the mission of The Wabakimi Project "to promote the Wabakimi Area as a world-class wilderness canoeing destination", Annual Speaking Tour presentations highlight accomplishments of The Wabakimi Project to date and what has yet to be done. They also include information about self-directed canoeing opportunities in the Wabakimi Area and how to participate in The Wabakimi Project.

2014 - 2015 Speaking Tour Schedule

Date(s) Event Location Host/Sponsor
Tue, Jan 13, 2015; 7:00pm Armchair Adventure Series 225 The Boardwalk #8, Kitchener, ON Adventure Guide Inc.
Tue, Feb 24, 2015; 7:30pm Monthly Meeting Faith Place, Canna Hall, 44 William Street West, Oshawa, ON (N/E corner of Centre & William Streets) Durham Outdoors Club
Sun. Feb 22, 2015; 12:45pm Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show The International Centre, Toronto, ON National Event Management
Mar 21-22, 2015 The Outdoor & Adventure Travel Show EY Centre - 4899 Uplands Drive, Ottawa, ON Ottawa Outdoors Magazine
Apr 24-26, 2015 Outdoor Adventure Expo Midwest Mountaineering, Minneapolis, MN Outdoor Adventure Expo

Wilderness Canoe Symposium - February 20-21, 2015
"Uncle" Phil Cotton, founder and lead organizer of The Wabakimi Project will again be in attendance at this annual event and may be found in the foyer of Monarch Park Collegiate between presentations. Join him and past participants for lunch and/or dinner at Occasions, a nearby family eatery on Eastwood Avenue one block east of Coxwell Avenue. Anyone may attend but seating is limited. Confirm your reservation(s) with "Uncle" Phil during coffee breaks prior to the lunch and dinner breaks.

Canoecopia - March 13-15, 2015
Organizers of The Wabakimi Project will again be mounting an attractive display booth at the world's largest annual paddlesport exposition to be held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI. Plan to attend this exciting event to meet organizers and past participants and to learn more about our canoe route conservancy initiative. Join us for our traditional post-show socials at Babe's Restaurant on Friday evening or at the Sheraton Madison Hotel on Saturday evening.

Midwest Mountaineering Spring Adventure Expo - April 24-26, 2015
Visit our display booth and meet organizers and past participants to learn more about The Wabakimi Project at this popular semi-annual exposition. Admission is free! Join organizers for our traditional post-show socials at the nearby Marriott Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown Hotel on Friday or Saturday evening.


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