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FGPC’s 2021 49th Parallel Global Paddle Challenge

Real gold, real silver, a chance to paddle around the world, and join in the battle against COVID-19.

Although the global pandemic has put international paddling trips on hold, we’re happy to host an unparalleled new world-wide paddling challenge.

Fairway Gorge Paddling Club and partnering clubs and paddlers have paddled on a cross-Canada virtual voyage all the way from Victoria to Fogo Island, Newfoundland, traveling more than 6,500 kilometres in the process.

With that success in mind, we’re launching a new challenge: to continue paddling east along the 49th parallel around the entire circumference of the globe until we reach Vancouver Island again.

The distance? A little more than 20,000 kilometres remain after crossing Canada’s 6500km distance. Our first major eastward bound destination is Paris, France, just a few kilometres from the 49th parallel.

To add incentive, Fairway Gorge will award solid gold and silver 2021 coins courtesy of the Royal Canadian Mint to the top male and female paddlers by distance. The male and female paddlers with the third-longest distances will also be awarded commemorative 2021 RCM coins.

Half of the registration fees from all participants will go to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. The balance of net proceeds will be directed to clubs registering for the 49th Parallel challenge.

All paddling or erging distances can be included, including GPS-logged solo and double distances, kayaks and SUPs, logged ERG sessions and OC6 and dragon boat distances if Canadian crew boat training opens up before we reach our round-the-world finish line (Victoria BC).

Note: Two separate registrations are required for any double boats (for example OC2, M2, etc.)

If your club would like to officially participate in the Global Paddle Challenge as a fundraiser, please email your request to info@fgpaddle.com with the words “Global Paddle Challenge” in the subject line. 50% of new registration fees will be going to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and 50% to a new participant’s home paddling club*

*less a small credit card processing fee.

List of Participants

First Name
Last Name
Associated Club
PaulAgateMaleFairway Gorge Paddling Club
ErikAgesMaleFairway Gorge Paddling Club
JanetBrightFemaleFairway Gorge Paddling Club
PaulBucciMaleFairway Gorge Paddling Club
DonCarlsonMaleFairway Gorge Paddling Club
MeganCarsonFemaleFairway Gorge Paddling Club
CarlaCoghlanFemaleFairway Gorge Paddling Club
ShirleyCurtisFemaleFairway Gorge Paddling Club
TerryCurtisMaleFairway Gorge Paddling Club
NadineEnglehartFemaleFairway Gorge Paddling Club
LeslieEwartFemaleFairway Gorge Paddling Club
CraigFergusonMaleFairway Gorge Paddling Club
NoreenFrischFemaleFairway Gorge Paddling Club
HeatherHallidayFemaleFairway Gorge Paddling Club
Meg Harrigan-LeeFemaleFairway Gorge Paddling Club
TaraHastingsFemaleFairway Gorge Paddling Club
WendyIsdahlFemaleFairway Gorge Paddling Club
JanosKovacsMaleFairway Gorge Paddling Club
PennyLedouxFemaleFairway Gorge Paddling Club
KimPoitrasFemaleFairway Gorge Paddling Club
YvonneSharpeFemaleFairway Gorge Paddling Club
DaleWolowiczFemaleFairway Gorge Paddling Club
LynneYoungFemaleFairway Gorge Paddling Club
WendyYoungFemaleFairway Gorge Paddling Club
NoraChunFemaleFalse Creek Racing Canoe Club
GaryCohenMaleFalse Creek Racing Canoe Club
NicoleHofsFemaleFalse Creek Racing Canoe Club
AmandaHuntMaleFalse Creek Racing Canoe Club
KarenLutzFemaleFalse Creek Racing Canoe Club
CatherineMarrFemaleFalse Creek Racing Canoe Club
KatReidFemaleFalse Creek Racing Canoe Club
BobAndersonMaleFort Langley Canoe Club
CherylBublitzFemaleFort Langley Canoe Club
MareCoxFemaleFort Langley Canoe Club
SueHillierFemaleFort Langley Canoe Club
BrendaHoffmanFemaleFort Langley Canoe Club
DavidLongmanMaleFort Langley Canoe Club
IngridRennieFemaleFort Langley Canoe Club
PamSutherlandFemaleFort Langley Canoe Club
JonathanWilkinsMaleFort Langley Canoe Club