KCPO started out as a 300km solo trip to garner attention, raise awareness about mental illness, and use Stand Up paddling as a platform to promote Mental Health. I ticked those boxes off on the first trip, but there was more to it, this stretch of river needed to be shared with others.
In 2013, I invited a few more folks. The response to that trip was great and I knew we could really start making an impact within this community.
2014 there was 9 of us - and to this day this core group is always returning one way or another
In 2015, we had twenty-two people paddle the full three days. We were met on the last day by forty-five others, the majority standing up.... literally on boards, and figuratively for others they knew & cared about that battled the many mental illness monsters...
Last year we had 29 people signed up to paddle the full three days. Undeniably we were be hard to ignore. If we can generate a few conversations about mental health, motivate others to get outside and support those that need us, we should be able to create change and slow the Stigma down.
Every year on the last day of the paddle anyone & everyone can join us on the water! SUPs, Canoes or Kayaks! Meet us at the Fred Heal Canoe Launch. Watch the social feeds for updates to find out when we're coming in. In 2016 there was over 80+ people on the water the last day....Let's break 100 this year!
Stretch: The South Saskatchewan River - First section of river named as part of the Trans Canada Trail.
Duration: 3-days, 2-nights
Mileage: Roughly 140kms total
Put In: Diefenbaker Dam - 209' high, 5kms long and 1.5kms wide
(One of the largest embankment dams in the world!)
Take Out: Saskatoon - Rotary Park
2018 South Sask. river dates coming are August 24-26.
And our first KCPO British Columbia trip is set for September long weekend in 2019!
The trip that started it all
Paddling to Raise Awareness for Mental Health
We Stand Up for Those too Weak to Speak.