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          More Changes considered for '20 WCS
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Some, if not the most, of you are familiar with Show Walker and Paddlers' Gathering events in Fairlee, Vermont. They are truly my favourite gathering places, where I hang out with some of my dearest friends. Part of the appeal comes from the unique mix of talks and workshops, where you can get both inspired and skilled-up in many different ways.
Partly based on my desire to incorporate a more intimate, hands-on discussions on various topic in the smaller, classroom-size groups, and partly based on your feedback, I'm considering creating space on the agenda to facilitate this opportunity to share knowledge.
I'm interested in your opinion on this subject. Do you have a recommendation about the possible topics? I'm also looking for folks who could moderate the discussion, as well as have interesting things to share. Let me know!
          Luste Lecture 17 Nov 2:30pm-4:30pm
with Claudia Van Wijk at the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough.
Museum tour with Curator Jeremy Ward included in the program.
Save the date! 17 Nov 2:30-4:30pm at the Canadian Canoe Museum
          George Luste Memorial Fund
Friends, I’m very excited to introduce you to the latest initiative led by The Canadian Canoe Museum and the Luste family to honour George. The Luste family is making yet another significant contribution to the Museum following the incredible donation of over 14,000 books from George’s personal collection in 2015.
 As you are likely aware, The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario, is planning and fundraising for a new museum for the world’s largest collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft. Right now, this collection of national scope and significance is housed in 1960s-era factory buildings. The new museum will be built at the water’s edge – next to the Peterborough Lift Lock. (More information at

This latest donation would ensure that the new museum’s Archives Storage Room* and potentially the Library and Research Room*, both of which are located in the Research and Knowledge Centre, are named to honour George Luste.
If you ordered WCS tickets in the past three years, you can expect to receive a letter from the Museum outlining specific details about the opportunity for you to contribute to the George Luste Memorial Fund. The amount required for both rooms to be named after George is $300,000, of which we are hoping to raise $80,000 in contributions to support the naming.
I know that many of you will find a way to contribute toward this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to further honour our late friend and mentor, George Luste. In anticipation of receiving the letter from The Canadian Canoe Museum, please take a few moments to consider how you can best participate.

Aleks Gusev

*Archives Storage Room 
Adjacent to the Centre’s Library & Research Room, the Category A curatorial space will safely store and make accessible parts of the museum’s one-of-a-kind collection, including its rare books and archival collection. The archive will unlock an important part of the collection and open new doors to learning.
*Library & Research Room 
The Library & Research Room, also located within the Centre, features a dedicated work space for researchers and the general public to explore the museum’s significant archival collection. This Category A curatorial space houses a reference book collection and appropriate work stations. It will simultaneously allow for both research and preservation of the collection.
          Baby to the Bay
A story by Bear Paulsen
At the age of one-and-a-half, Bear’s parents introduced him to the BWCA. Throughout childhood, he made yearly family trips to Northwest Ontario. As an adult, he’s paddled extensively in Ontario, Manitoba, and the BWCA, as well as trips in Saskatchewan, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and the Yukon. An avid winter camper too, he’s spent four years of his adult life hiding from the real world in tents and under tarps in all seasons. When his son, Dashwa, was born it seemed only logical to show him how to hide from the real world too. Though only one year old, Dashwa has already accompanied Bear and his wife, Claire, on fall paddling and winter camping trips in the BWCA and spent 21 days paddling Manitoba’s Hayes River. Arriving at York Factory on Hudson Bay meant the blade of Dashwa’s first paddle could be branded with the YF insignia.
We'll hear the full story of how Claire and Bear balanced the 21-day, 385 mile trip around Dashwa's nap schedules and diaper changes at the 35th WCS.
          Aleks away until 25th Nov
Departing for Nepal Friday night, leading an eclectic crew of 15 on a rafting trip to paddle a beautiful Tamur River. If you don't hear back from me in a timely manner, this is my excuse! In the meantime, book your seats and send me your feedback on the proposed format change described above.
          from the Digital Archives
Here are few more digitized presentations from '19 WCS. Enjoy.

Alex Bailey – ON Paddling back to our roots, with the next generation. A trip to Solandt Island in Quetico Park”

Chris Giard - MA “Yukon to Yellowknife (almost)"
Send your '20 WCS Speaker recommendations to
Thank you! 
Aleks & WCS Team
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