Everyone in town is talking about paddles this summer, and they like what they see. Seventy-one wooden paddles, each uniquely painted and carefully varnished, are showcased on poles on the main village streets.
The canoe paddle was chosen as a symbol that reflects Bobcaygeon's heritage as a main waterway route for both First Nations and settlers. And these are beauties! Local artists made a special effort to create work that represents favourite aspects of our village. We owe a big thank you to the Impact 32 Vibrant Village team (formerly the Beautification team) for their imagination in coming up with the idea and for the hard work of organizing and hanging the stunning result.
Take a stroll around town to find every one of the 71 paddles on display, and be sure to vote for your favourites in two categories 1) Most Vibrant, and 2) Your Favourite. It's easy to vote online using the button below, or you can pick up a paper ballot and vote at Kawartha Coffee, or Zen Den, or Pick 'N Save, or the Impact 32 Welcome Centre. The paddle with the highest vote count wins bragging rights!
As the summer season winds down, the paddle art will all be displayed and auctioned off to community members to raise funds for future beautification.
Impact 32 could not have made such a welcome addition to our streetscape without the time and talent generously donated by Bobcaygeon's 71 paddle painters. Our town is in awe of the work you've done and abuzz with compliments this summer.