City plans to promote paddling

With summer fast approaching (or so we’d like to think), the city’s parks and environment committee has approved a plan to put approximately $500,000 toward the installation of five launch nodes that will allow recreational water sport enthusiasts to easily access the water from designated launching points. Each node will cost between $75,000 -100,000 according […]

Taking back city parks, from dawn to dusk

Most of the Beach is still waking up when Anne-Marie Kaskens meets the morning crew by the R.C. Harris waterworks. Although she moved to the Beach 20 years ago, Kaskens says it wasn’t until she got her dog Jessie that she started going down to the water every day. “It’s a real stress-buster,” she said, […]

Veteran launches Paddling with PTSD from Balmy Beach

Wind chimes were ringing the day Trevor Petersen first tested his paddleboard at Balmy Beach. The east wind pushed against the military veteran as he stood and paddled for Bluffer’s Park – stop one on what would be a month-long trek to Ottawa. But Petersen is no stranger to a headwind. Diagnosed with post-traumatic stress […]