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Free for the reading is our finely crafted Canadian newsletter about art happenings and canoe events that are national and internationally in scope. It is a fun and interesting read. Bill Mason  original impressionistic painting for sale. They are one of a kind paintings. All Bill Mason's works are influenced by wilderness nature, water and land. If an original is out of your price range consider buying one of our Bill Mason prints that is offered in our on-line gift store. Becky Mason writes about her art shows at the Cube gallery that carries her work. She has a write up about her canoe course and explains why her canoe lessons are a unique experience set against a Canadian wilderness backdrop. She also notes Canadian and USA paddling and canoe symposium you may want to consider attending, these symposiums offer canoe workshops with skilled instructors. If watching paddling skills is more your speed Becky does present canoe demonstrations to music. The paddling demonstrations are so beautiful to watch. You can see a canoe demonstration of Becky Mason showing her art of canoeing in the Classic Solo Canoeing DVD or download it can be purchased in our online store. Reid McLachlan is a fine artist, an experienced expressionist oil artist with 20 years of painting to his name. His subjects ranges from people and what they are think about their situations. Mostly Reid McLachlan dwells on couples relationships and how they interact with each other, some are happy some are upset and some we don't know what they think. You need to pause and study his paintings because at first glance you see the first message then upon revisiting his canvases you see more and more in his paintings. Paul Mason is hard at work at drawing and paintings his funny cartoons. Becky has the new information about an environment cause she is currently working on. All the Mason family loves the wood canvas canoe. Bill continues to be talked about on many website, Some that have linked are Canoeski and many more which I'll be listing soon. We all like to go canoeing. If you want canoeing instruction Becky has just the canoe lessons for you. If you live too far away to attend her courses you can always pick up some of her and her Dad's paddling instructional dvds or video they are both filmmakers that have won awards.
Spring 2015 Newsletter

  1. Canoe News
  2. - Bill Mason memorabilia sale -
    - Find Paddle to the Sea's sister...Miss Paddles -
    - Calendar of cool events -

  3. Canoe Instruction
  4. - Classic Canoeing courses -
    - Classic Solo video downloads -

  5. Art Happenings
  6. - Reid and Becky's upcoming art shows-
    - New listings of Bill's original paintings! -

  7. In the Media:
  8. - 2014 Exploratory boreal canoe trip with Ray Mears -
    - Win a free canoe trip in the Boreal forest! -
    - Ninny-shinny fun -
    Canoe News

Bill Mason Memorabilia for sale

Bill Mason canoe auction is live. The 17' Grumman canoe the Masons used for years. It starred in movie Song of the Paddle. These auctions are part of the downsizing and sale of the Mason home as Joyce Mason moves to new home. Ebay

The first of 5 “packs” of memorabilia sold the winning bidder was the Canadian Museum of History. We will be selling other items as my mom downsizes and moves. Our family is honoured to have most of the Bill Mason photographs, papers and equipment safely in the collections of four of Canada's national museums who consider Bill's life's work a national treasure. Of course we have set aside things for the Mason family and for our future generations to cherish, but we are offering the remainder of the memorabilia to those who would appreciate them.
Read on...

Find Paddle to the Sea's sister, Miss Paddles

The story of the launching of Miss Paddles: While I was teaching at the Gaspé symposium de plein air last spring one of my students Michèle Van De Kaa surprised me with a very special carving she made. She gave me and my brother a gift called "Meet me at the Sea". We were instructed by Michèle to launch her carving in our favourite waterway. I did that in October of 2014 on Dumoine River and who knows how far Miss Paddles will travel. (I nick named her Miss Paddles while I dragged her along with me on my travels in the summer deciding where to launch her). Please look out for her this spring on the Dumoine because I pitched her into Initiation Rapids and I watched her beautiful whitewater run and I think she has wonderful WW skills! Wally Schaber was on our canoe trip and he doubted she'd survive Grand Chute. I think she's built to last so see you soon Miss Paddles. I ask all paddlers to look out for Miss Paddles and when you find her please post pictures and a story on Symposium de plein air/Outdoor Symposium facebook page and on my Classic Solo Canoeing Facebook page and if you don't use FB drop me an email from my Contact Us page

My Dad the film called "Paddle to the Sea" that inspired Michèle.  It's for sale in my

Calendar of Cool Events
March 21, 2015 : Circling the Midnight Sun.
We are bringing our friend James Raffan to Chelsea to talk about his latest book Circling the Midnight Sun on his adventures circumnavigating the Arctic Circle. Ian Tamblyn will be playing songs and telling northern stories and Geoff Green of Students on Ice will also be there adding to the festivities. Saturday March 21 Chelsea Untied Church 7 - 10 pm. Pre-buy Tickets or by chance at the door

$20. Adult
$15. Students, 18 or under.

Tickets and details
March 21 -22, 2015 : Ottawa Outdoor Adventure Show
I'm doing paddling demonstrations and presentations at the Adventure Stage. Lots going on and it's going to to fun.

Canoeing, kayaking and SUP
Road cycling & Mountain biking
Whitewater in rafts, canoes and kayaks
Camping and Expedition Trips
Hiking & trekking
and more going on!

Tickets and details
May 16 -22, 2015 : Gaspé Bay Symposium
Becky Mason will be teaching Paddle Canada Lake Canoe Skills courses on the ocean! Last year there were the whales and seals swimming by her classes. The price is great and you definitely want to attend. Such a fun group of people and gorgeous scenery.

Tickets and details
May 30, 2015 : MEC Paddlefest
Becky Mason and Reid McLachlan will be teaching Paddle Canada Skills lessons at Mooney's Bay, Ottawa . We enjoy teaching every year at MEC Paddlefest.

Sign-up details
June 5 - 7, 2015 : Women on Water Paddling Festival
Becky Mason is teaching Paddle Canada Lake Canoe skills tandem canoeing at Camp Tapawings, Parry Sound, Ontario again. Last year it sold out fast so you will want to sign up soon if you want to attend in 2015.

Sign-up details
August 6 -13 Wabakimi canoe trip you could win. Oh how cool is that! You might win a chance to be on a canoe trip with Ray Mears and I'll be tagging along on the trip too.
  • Go to bottom of newsletter for details.

  • Canoe Instruction
    Classic solo and tandem canoe courses

    All summer : Becky Mason is teaching her classic solo and tandem paddling from May to October at Meech Lake, 20 min. north of Ottawa.

    Classic Canoeing classes details
    Classic Solo video download

    Becky Mason has produced two high quality instructional paddling videos. The Classic Solo Basic and Advanced are available to download.

    Download details

    Art happenings
    Reid McLachlan's upcoming art shows

    Le Rouge et le Noir is a group show at Galerie Montcalm, Gatineau QC. that is inspired by the romantic novel by Stendhal. Both Becky and Reid have done a piece based on the book. Show is on now and runs until April 19, 2015. Le Rouge et le Noir More details...

    Great news! Recently the City of Ottawa purchased one of Reid's new drawings for their permanent collection that they will be showcasing in an exhibition this fall.

    Reid has been working hard on his new series of drawings for his big solo show. Remnants of Nostalgia
    More details....
    Show opening is Oct 15, 2015 at Galerie Montcalm in Gatineau, Qc.

    See some of Reid's
    inspired works by his grandfather's old farming tools. More drawings.....
    Becky Mason's upcoming art shows

    Becky has changed her medium from watercolour to acrylics. They do have a different focus, more abstract and she's been enjoying the painting with thick paint and varnishes. She's been asked to contribute to the Le Party Ottawa Art Gallery art show again and her work will be auctioned off May 21 at Le Party. More details....

    Le Resto, 528 Route 105, Chelsea, QC J9B 1L2 has approx 25 of Becky's watercolours and her new acrylics on permanent display and are for sale.

    Becky's piece is on exhibit along with many others in the Le Rouge et le Noir Show in Gatineau, Quebec which runs until April 19, 2015.
    More details.....

    LE ROUGE ET LE NOIR from Ville de Gatineau|Art et culture on Vimeo.

    New listings of Bill Mason's original paintings for sale! Read on...

    In the Media

    Exploratory boreal 2014 canoe trip with Ray Mears 

    TheTelegraph newspaper in the Uk did a wonderful article about my trip with Ray Mears in Wabakimi. Read article...

    Goh Iromoto is a talented filmmaker and he was with us on the trip and he made a mesmerizing short film "We belong to it" about Ray Mears in the boreal forest.

    WE BELONG TO IT. from GOH on Vimeo.

    Win a free canoe trip in the boreal forest!

     Wabakimi August 6, 2015 canoe trip you could win. Oh how cool is that! You might win a chance to be on a canoe trip with Ray Mears & Woodlore Limited And I'll be tagging along on the trip too.

    North American residents
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    UK residents 
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    Ninny-shinny fun!

    This has been one of the coldest Februarys on record here in Chelsea (average temp of -17 C). So what do paddlers do in the winter? Well, we play on the river just like we do the rest of the year! Check out the video highlights and lowlights from our Feb. 28 game of what we call "ninny-shinny".

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