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Avid paddlers got to test and practice rescues on the newest addition to Pearson’s canoes. The beautiful and sleek outrigger canoe was generously donated to the College by the Powell River Outrigger Canoe Club. Before its inaugural test drive in it’s new home waters, the 25 year old canoe had been sanded back to the hull been given a new coat of paint. It is now ready for its first adventures on Pedder Bay and student teams will practice for local races.

Even before arriving in here this canoe and Pearson College UWC already had a friend in common. Adrian Lee (YR1/1976, Canada-ON) is not only amongst our first year alumni, but he also is one of the founding members of the False Creek Canoe Club in Vancouver, the very club this canoe was built for. He paddled many hours with this very canoe.

False Creek eventually donated the canoe to Powell River Outrigger Canoe Club some years ago to help them get established as a club – and in good “passing it forward” fashion they have donated it to us. Imagine how surprised Adrian was to find “his” canoe here, when he came to volunteer on campus this summer. We are very grateful to Adrian for helping us welcome his old friend to its new home and share his vast knowledge about its care and best way to use.

View more pictures or the video of the capsizing maneuver.