Lake Winnipeg. Photo by J. Pelc.

Lake Winnipeg. Photo by J. Pelc.

Nature Conservancy of Canada launches Paddle for Nature challenge to connect Manitobans with their beloved waterways

August 18, 2022
Winnipeg, MB


Grab your paddle and make a pledge to protect nature in Manitoba

Spending time on the river or in the lake is a standard part of any Manitoba summer. Those moments on the water help us recharge and forge lasting connections to our natural world. That’s why the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is challenging people to paddle for nature from August 26 to 28, as a way to help ensure that those beloved natural places endure for generations to come.

Paddle for Nature is a three-day fundraising challenge that asks people to buckle up their lifejackets and pledge to paddle their canoes, kayaks or paddle boards to support nature conservation in Manitoba.

Right now, we are facing the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change. When we lose nature, we also lose the benefits that it provides to people. From carbon storage to the health benefits of spending time in nature, we know that our well-being is directly linked to the health of the habitats around us. To accelerate our efforts, we need all of society to play a role.

All funds raised through the Paddle for Nature challenge will go directly to nature conservation projects in Manitoba. To date, NCC has conserved over 71,000 hectares in the province, which support the protection and restoration of wetlands, riparian zones and ground-water recharge areas that all contribute to improved water quality and healthy waterways

Paddlers can join the challenge by visiting paddlefornature.ca. From there, they can register for the event with a $50 base fee and set their distance and fundraising goals. For early registrants the fee is $40, and for youth ages 17 and under, it’s only $25. Participants can register individually or as a team to commit to a personal paddling challenge and raise funds for nature in Manitoba. Funds raised will be matched by Quintex Services.

If 100 people pledge to paddle four kilometres each, we’ll complete a virtual relay trip on Lake Winnipeg, from Warren Landing in the north to Beaconia in the south. Four-hundred paddlers going just four kilometres each could take us down the whole length of the Churchill River!

Registered participants will receive a five-litre drybag to take on their next excursion.


“What better way to spend a summer weekend than grabbing your paddle and heading out on the water? This is an opportunity for people to get out in nature and experience firsthand the importance of our natural spaces, all while supporting protection efforts for Manitoba’s great outdoors. We are looking forward to a fun-filled weekend in support of a great cause.”  — Hannah Wilson, Senior Development Officer, Nature Conservancy of Canada in Manitoba


The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the country’s unifying force for nature. NCC seeks solutions to the twin crises of rapid biodiversity loss and climate change through large-scale, permanent land conservation. As a trusted partner NCC works with people, communities, businesses and government to protect and care for our country’s most important natural areas. Since 1962, NCC has brought Canadians together to conserve and restore more than 15 million hectares.

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