News Event to honour local paddling enthusiast SHARE ON: Doug Crosse, contributor, Monday, Sep. 9th, 2019 The main site of the Great Muskoka Paddle Event - at Annie Williams Park in Bracebridge. (Photo courtesy of James Bowler - YourTV Muskoka) BRACEBRIDGE, ON – A final paddling event for the year in Bracebridge will be a fundraiser for the Muskoka Watershed Council report card. After a one year break the Great Muskoka Paddling Experience returns. It is the 8th edition of the race and will take place on Saturday, October 12th at Annie Williams Park in Bracebridge. It is the last race of the season sanctioned by the Ontario Marathon Canoe and Kayak Racing Association. The GMPE was conceived by the late Sandy Schofield, a paddling enthusiast who passed away in the spring. The 2019 event is being held in Sandy’s memory and paddlers of all stripes from canoers to kayakers, to stand up paddleboarders are invited to participate. Race lengths for canoes, kayaks and SUPs are 5, 10, and 20 km and the north canoes will paddle for 8.6 km. With multiple categories available for each race, everyone can participate! The event is made possible thanks to local sponsors and a Town of Bracebridge Event Tourism Grant. A new addition to the event this year is that registration takes place exclusively online with a closing date of October 5th. All paddlers, regardless of how they place in their race, will have an opportunity to win great prizes donated by our generous sponsors. You can also participate in our silent auction featuring a Star Board 14′ Inflatable Touring SUP valued at $1400 donated by Kayak Sport Canada! Not interested in paddling? GMPE also needs volunteers to help during the race. Learn more at http://www.muskokapaddlingexperience.com/. Of particular need this year are volunteers with boats who can help direct paddlers on the water.