Paddle-to-the-Sea

Back by popular demand is “Paddle to the Sea” - where children decorate their own little wooden paddlers, place them into small boats, and enter them in a river race. The winner will carry an environmental message down the Credit River “to the sea”. Prizes too!!

Our race is based on the 1941 book by Holling Clancy Holling - "Paddle to the Sea" - about a  young Indian boy from Nipigon country in the Canadian wilderness who carves a twelve inch canoe with a kneeling Indian figure and sets it off to undertake a journey to the Atlantic Ocean. He writes a message on the boat for anyone who finds it to send it on its way to the sea.

Four years later, this tiny vessel reaches its destination ending a journey fraught with danger, excitement, and beauty. The book takes us through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean giving the reader a treasure chest of geography and natural science wrapped in an unforgettably beautiful story. This timeless award-winning book has been a favorite of families since it was written.

Bill Mason later filmed the story as the first movie in his long career of movie-making, art, and writing.