Plans well underway for 2014 sea kayaking symposium

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By Tina Comeau



There was little doubt a sea kayaking symposium held here last year was going to be popular – evident by the fact the event sold out in just 22 days.

Now planning is underway for the second installment of the Bay of Fundy Sea Kayak Symposium, to take place Sept. 12-15, 2014. Plans are to expand and build on the success of this past year’s event, which attracted sea kayaking enthusiasts both locally and from other parts of the country and world. (You can view a video from the event by clicking here.)

During the 2013 symposium, held in late September, courses were offered to beginner and experienced kayakers over the three-day event.

Presentations have been made to local municipal units about the plans for the 2014 event. While at a meeting of Argyle Municipal Council on Dec. 10, Christopher Lockyer, the symposium’s executive director, said they will be encouraging more participation by female coaches at the next symposium, and they will also be placing more emphasis on the Acadian culture, which will be part of the event’s promotion that will take place in Quebec.

As well, the event will be promoted in New England. It’s hoped the new ferry service will be a means for people to travel to the event.

For marketing purposes, as well as other expenses associated with the event, the three municipal units in Yarmouth County are being asked for funding amounts. Because the bulk of the event takes place in the Municipality of Argyle – Ye Olde Argyler Lodge figured prominently as a host location for the symposium – the municipality is being asked to contribute the highest amount at $7,500. Since the symposium also extends into the municipality and town of Yarmouth, they too are being asked for a financial contribution. The amount being sought from the municipality is $2,500 with the amount sought from the town standing at $1,500.

Lockyer says the event in September generated a lot of publicity and social media buzz.

He says this area was chosen for the event both because of the sea kayaking ecosystem it had to offer and also because organizers wanted to provide an economic stimulus to the area. The late September date was picked because Lockyer said he knows what it means to communities to have events occurring in their areas after the Labour Day Weekend, when, traditionally, there aren’t as many events taking place.

He says the early interest for the next symposium is well underway, with many bookings already made at local accommodations for the 2014 event.

Lockyer also said they will be giving back to the local kayaking community in Yarmouth County through donations to help build sea kayaking in this area.

Organizations: Argyle Municipal Council

Geographic location: Yarmouth County, Bay of Fundy Sea Kayak Symposium, Quebec New England Argyle

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