Chesterville Kayak Club launches 6th annual Poker Run

Members of the Chesterville Kayaking Club disembark on the Paddle Poker Run, May 27. Robert Forward wears the red top hat in background, having read out the rules to the competitors. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Nelson Zandbergen
Nation Valley News

NATION VALLEY — Thirty-one paddlers dipped their kayaks and canoes into the South Nation River for last Saturday’s annual Kayak Club Paddle Poker Run.

Two hundred and seventy-five dollars was up for grabs as club members and visitors disembarked from the Cass Bridge Conservation Area and made the 10-km trip downstream to the Chesterville waterfront, May 27. The participants made five shoreline stops along the way to collect cards for their poker hand.

It all wrapped up with lunch at the Chesterville Legion.

The event kicked off the season for the group, which meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Nelson LaPrade Centre.

“Our thing is to promote this river,” said Club member Wayne LaPrade.

But the Chesterville-based group doesn’t limit its activity to the South Nation River, either.

“We kayak all over,” added LaPrade, noting regular excursions to the St. Lawrence, Rideau and Raisin rivers.

“It’s very open-ended, half social, half kayaking,” he said.

Only $25 annually, membership and is open to anyone interested in kayaking or canoeing. The group will even let prospective members try out the sport with a loaned kayak before joining up.

Bonnie McIntosh is current president of the organization, although she wasn’t available to send off Saturday’s Poker Run. Robert Forward donned a red top hat and did the honours instead.

The group has also planted itself on the North Dundas landscape by arranging a porta potty for another season at Veterans’ Memorial Park. The Chesterville Legion, Rotary Club and Township of North Dundas have all dropped some dollars into that initiative.

Heading out, beneath Cass Bridge. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

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