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Algonquin Outfitters launches a Paddle Art Contest celebrating Tom Thomson and the importance of canoe culture in the communities around Algonquin Park

Algonquin Outfitters has just launched a contest that celebrates the importance paddling has played in the history and culture of the towns around Algonquin Park.

The Paddle Art Contest began June 3 at the Reel Paddling Film Festival in Huntsville. It allows contestants to purchase a paddle blank at an Algonquin Outfitters store for $25 and then use their artistic license to create something unique.  The contest will end in August 2017, the 100th anniversary of painter Tom Thomson’s death. Algonquin Outfitters’ marketing director Randy Mitson explains that along with the store’s 55th anniversary this year, the contest is “a good tie-in with local arts and culture.”

Proceeds from the paddle blank purchases will go Oxtongue Lake Arts and Culture Association and the Town of Huntsville reserve fund for Future Acquisition of Public Art. The contest will conclude with an auction of the 100 paddles they hope to have entered. 

The contest was a perfect fit for the region. “Algonquin is known worldwide. It’s just such a mecca for people,” says Mitson.

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