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Hang Ten for a Good Cause! 2nd Annual Standup Paddleboard Race Celebrates Lake Erie’s North Shore.

With the help of some adventurous friends, Carolinian Canada Coalition is making waves for healthy habitats. On August 23rd (with the 24th as a rain date) 30+ people will take to Lake Erie on standup paddleboards to raise money for the Erie Coastal Stewardship EcoTrail, a 600+km long project that showcases over 80 sites of cultural and natural significance along Lake Erie’s coast. This 2nd Lake Erie Northshore Standup challenges participants to compete in 5-km, 10-km, or 20-km standup paddleboard (SUP) races from Nickel Beach (Port Colborne) to Crystal Beach (Fort Erie) in Niagara.

The Northshore Standup is part of a larger event series—Carolinian Canada’s 30/30 Vision Campaign. Everyone is invited to drop by the Carolinian Canada booth at Crystal Beach Park and learn more about the natural beauty of southern Ontario and the importance of Lake Erie’s coast. It’s also a great opportunity to pick up a passport to track event attendance in this exciting, nature-themed series.

Carolinian Canada staff members are excited to be participating in the Northshore Standup. Jen van Overbeeke, Outreach Assistant with Carolinian Canada looks forward to spending time on Lake Erie. “Every time I visit Lake Erie, I’m reminded why the work we do is important,” say Jen. “It’s such a beautiful place to be, no matter where you are along its shore.”

About the EcoTrail: From Essex to Niagara, the Erie Coastal Stewardship EcoTrail showcases the treasures of Canada’s south coast. The sites represent some of the finest Carolinian habitats, best birding hotspots, and most interesting cultural heritage venues.

Land-bound explorers can join in too. Family and friends are invited to join in the beach party at Crystal Beach. Rain date activity includes an expert guided tour of Marcy’s Wood with the Bert Miller Nature Club. Those that can’t make it can participate by going on-line to support the Erie Coastal Stewardship EcoTrail or their favourite paddleboarder to help keep Erie’s coastal habitats healthy for all.

What’s SUP? Standup paddleboarding is a quickly growing sport which combines surfing with canoeing. Lake Erie North Shore Standup is organizing the event, with funds raised supporting Carolinian Canada. Generous supporters include Ausmosis Board Craft, Boggio Family Pharmacies, Rip Curl, VANS Off the Wall, Billabong, Maui and Sons, Entomogen, Bruce Brown Films, Fort Erie Underwater Recovery Unit, and the Crystal Beach BIA.

WHO: 30+ SUP participants including Carolinian Canada staff. Friends, family and any others interested can take part in the nature hike and after-party.

WHAT: The Lake Erie Northshore Standup is a challenging, 5-km, 10-km, or 20-km standup paddleboarding (SUP) race following the north shore of Lake Erie from Nickel Beach in Port Colborne to Crystal Beach in Fort Erie.

  • Nature hike at Marcy’s Woods on Saturday if we cannot race. The hike will run on Sunday if all goes as planned. Meeting at 10 am at the base of Hollaway Bay Rd. All are welcome.
  • Pledges to support the event or a paddler can be made by visiting
  • Post-event Beach Party, Erie Coastal Stewardship EcoTrail & Carolinian Canada’s 30 for 30 display, and sponsor displays at Crystal Beach.

WHERE: Paddleboard launch: Nickel Beach, Port Colborne. End point and beach party: Crystal Beach, Fort Erie.

WHEN: Saturday, August 23rd, 2014. 7:30-9:00 am registration, 10:00 am launch. RAIN DATE: August 24th, 2014.

More information about Carolinian Canada: Carolinian Canada Coalition brings together diverse groups and individuals to advance a collaborative conservation strategy for healthy ecosystems and thriving communities in the Carolinian Life Zone.  Stretching from Toronto to Windsor, Canada’s Deep South is among North America’s most vibrant and fragile ecoregions.

Carolinian Canada Coalition:

Jen van Overbeeke, Outreach Assistant
519-433-7077 |  

Lake Erie North Shore Standup:

Katherine Balpataky, Founder
519-222-1178 |