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It’s officially winter here in my home base of Beachburg, Ontario, Canada. Last week our temperatures dipped down to minus 34 Celsius (29 F), and yesterday we got over a foot of snow in one big dump! During these winter months, I often find myself daydreaming about warm water destinations where the paddling doesn’t involve ice and snow. Sea kayaking or stand-up paddling in warm water is such a treat during Canadian winters, and one of my favourite Facing Waves episodes that comes to mind for warm water paddling is Fort Myers and Sanibel Island.

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Facing Waves, Season 8 – Episode 8: Canoe Tripping Killarney Provincial Park

The eighth, and final, episode of Facing Waves Season 8 is set to hit airwaves Saturday, August 7th on Bally Sports Network.

In this episode, host Ken Whiting embarks on an epic, 5-day backcountry canoe adventure in Killarney Provincial Park.

Be sure to check your local listings for a full airing schedule.

About Facing Waves: A World Champion kayaker, the author of twelve best-selling instructional books and videos on paddling, and a YouTube influencer with approximately 14 million views to his videos, Ken Whiting is the host of Facing Waves. A multifaceted media project, Facing Waves celebrates the cultures, landscapes and adventures that surround the world’s top paddling destinations. Each 30-minute TV episode airs on Outside TV, Bally Sports Network, and internationally through Nautical Channel. Networks interested in carrying Facing Waves are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Vice-President, Brendan Mark, at brendan@helipress.com.

Facing Waves, Season 8 – Episode 7: Sea Kayaking Killarney Provincial Park

The seventh episode of Facing Waves, Season 8 is set to hit airwaves Saturday, July 31st on Bally Sports Network.

In this episode, Ken Whiting explores the freshwater fjords and alpine lakes of Killarney Provincial Park.

Be sure to check your local listings for a full airing schedule.

About Facing Waves: A World Champion kayaker, the author of twelve best-selling instructional books and videos on paddling, and a YouTube influencer with approximately 14 million views to his videos, Ken Whiting is the host of Facing Waves. A multifaceted media project, Facing Waves celebrates the cultures, landscapes and adventures that surround the world’s top paddling destinations. Each 30-minute TV episode airs on Outside TV, Bally Sports Network, and internationally through Nautical Channel. Networks interested in carrying Facing Waves are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Vice-President, Brendan Mark, at brendan@helipress.com.

Facing Waves, Season 8 – Episode 6: Paddling the Madawaska River

The sixth episode of Facing Waves, Season 8 is set to hit airwaves Saturday, July 24th on Bally Sports Network.

In this episode, for the first time ever, host Ken Whiting trades his whitewater kayak for a whitewater canoe on the Madawaska River. Be sure to tune in and follow this kayaker’s adventure with a single blade.

Be sure to check your local listings for a full airing schedule.

About Facing Waves: A World Champion kayaker, the author of twelve best-selling instructional books and videos on paddling, and a YouTube influencer with approximately 14 million views to his videos, Ken Whiting is the host of Facing Waves. A multifaceted media project, Facing Waves celebrates the cultures, landscapes and adventures that surround the world’s top paddling destinations. Each 30-minute TV episode airs on Outside TV, Bally Sports Network, and internationally through Nautical Channel. Networks interested in carrying Facing Waves are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Vice-President, Brendan Mark, at brendan@helipress.com.

Facing Waves, Season 8 – Episode 5: Paddling Norfolk County, Ontario

The fifth episode of Facing Waves, Season 8 is set to hit airwaves Saturday, July 10th on Bally Sports Network.

In this episode, host Ken Whiting explores the waterways of scenic Norfolk County in Southern Ontario. Tune in to catch Ken paddle a beautiful, winding river known as the ‘Canadian Amazon’, and try his hand at fishing from a peddle kayak for the first time in the marshlands of Lake Erie.

Be sure to check your local listings for a full airing schedule.

About Facing Waves: A World Champion kayaker, the author of twelve best-selling instructional books and videos on paddling, and a YouTube influencer with approximately 14 million views to his videos, Ken Whiting is the host of Facing Waves. A multifaceted media project, Facing Waves celebrates the cultures, landscapes and adventures that surround the world’s top paddling destinations. Each 30-minute TV episode airs on Outside TV, Bally Sports Network, and internationally through Nautical Channel. Networks interested in carrying Facing Waves are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Vice-President, Brendan Mark, at brendan@helipress.com.

Best Adventure Trips

Over the last year, thanks to COVID lockdowns, I have been dreaming of the day when I could travel and enjoy new paddling destinations again. I have had the good fortune to visit many of the top paddling destinations around the world while filming the Facing Waves television series, and with COVID having put travel plans on hold, I definitely have the itch to get back out there and explore!

Facing Waves has brought me to so many incredible locations, and so picking my favorite is no easy task. Now in its 8th season, each destination that I’ve visited while filming Facing Waves has had something unique to offer – not just in terms of paddling, but also in the people who live there and the cultures and that I’ve been fortunate to experience. And while choosing a favorite isn’t easy, thanks to this past year of limited travel but unlimited daydreaming, I’ve put together a list of top locations that stand out for one reason or another.  

I will be publishing the list ‘Best of Facing Waves: Top Paddling Destinations’ throughout the years on this blog and across social media (GoPaddle on FB and Paddle365 on Instagram).  I thought this list of locations would be something worth sharing with my fellow adventure travellers and daydreamers. I hope you’ll be able to get out and start visiting these incredible paddling destinations again soon, if you haven’t already done so!

So, without further ado, I’d like to introduce you all to the world-class paddling destination that is Juneau, Alaska! I filmed an episode of Facing Waves in Juneau in Season 5, and as you’ll see below, it is first on my list for good reason.

Juneau, Alaska had glacial adventures, incredible up-close wildlife encounters and the most pristine wilderness I’ve ever seen. It tops my list because it far exceeded my expectations! I would look around in wonder while sea kayaking and I would see a bald eagle, then a sea lion, then salmon jumping, and then over in the distance a humpback whale would breach. And while I was paddling my kayak in awe, you quickly realize that this is just another normal day in Juneau, Alaska. After all – there is more wildlife than people there!

One moment from my trip to Juneau, Alaska that I will remember forever was when a humpback whale came up to surface nearby our kayaks, and then dove deep and swam by us. Being that close to a humpback whale is exhilarating – if not a bit terrifying. It felt like a bus was going by and all you could do was stay out of the way.

Another surreal experience in Juneau, Alaska was my visit to Mendenhall Glacier. The deep blue ice caves offer adventurers a once in a lifetime experience, and because the ice caves are constantly changing, each visit will be different.

I’ll be posting videos and photos of Juneau, Alaska for the next few weeks on social media, so be sure to follow along. I will also be sharing the next location for my 2021 list ‘Best of Facing Waves: Top Paddling Destinations’. Stay tuned!

For more info on travel in Juneau, check out the Travel Juneau web site!

Facing Waves, Season 8 – Episode 4: Paddling Bon Echo Provincial Park and the Thousand Islands

The fourth episode of Facing Waves, Season 8 is set to hit airwaves Saturday, July 3rd on Bally Sports Network.

In this episode, host Ken Whiting sets out by sea kayak to explore Bon Echo Park and the Thousand Islands. Tune in to see why, according to Ken, Bon Echo and the 1000 Islands are each in their own ways a paddling paradise, and unlike anything else that he’s found around the world. 

Be sure to check your local listings for a full airing schedule.

 

About Facing Waves: A World Champion kayaker, the author of twelve best-selling instructional books and videos on paddling, and a YouTube influencer with approximately 14 million views to his videos, Ken Whiting is the host of Facing Waves. A multifaceted media project, Facing Waves celebrates the cultures, landscapes and adventures that surround the world’s top paddling destinations. Each 30-minute TV episode airs on Outside TV, Bally Sports Network, and internationally through Nautical Channel. Networks interested in carrying Facing Waves are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Vice-President, Brendan Mark, at brendan@helipress.com.

Facing Waves, Season 8 – Episode 3: Whitewater Kayaking the Ottawa River

The third episode of Facing Waves, Season 8 is set to hit airwaves Saturday, June 19th on Bally Sports Network and Friday, July 9th on Outside TV. The episode is scheduled to air more than 74 times this month alone!

In this episode, host Ken Whiting challenges himself with the huge rapids and epic surf waves of the Ottawa River’s Main Channel, and then heads down the Middle Channel with his ten year old daughter for their first trip ever with her in her own kayak.   

The Ottawa River is recognized around the world as one of the top whitewater kayaking destinations. It has warm water, big rapids and epic surf waves, which is why many of the world’s top paddlers have come from the Ottawa. It is also why Ken decided to call this place home over 20 years ago.

A lot can happen in 20 years, and while Ken still enjoys playing in the huge rapids, he now gets to bear witness to the new generation of whitewater kayakers as they build their skills and love of the outdoors.

Check your local listings for a full airing schedule.

About Facing Waves: A World Champion kayaker, the author of twelve best-selling instructional books and videos on paddling, and a YouTube influencer with approximately 14 million views to his videos, Ken Whiting is the host of Facing Waves. A multifaceted media project, Facing Waves celebrates the cultures, landscapes and adventures that surround the world’s top paddling destinations. Each 30-minute TV episode airs on Outside TV, Bally Sports Network, and internationally through Nautical Channel. Networks interested in carrying Facing Waves are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Vice-President, Brendan Mark, at brendan@helipress.com.

Facing Waves, Season 8 – Episode 2: Paddling the Petawawa River

The second episode of Facing Waves, Season 8 is set to hit airwaves Saturday, June 12th on Bally Sports Network and Friday, July 2nd on Outside TV. The episode is scheduled to air 72 times…and counting!

In this episode, host Ken Whiting sets out on a 5-day wilderness camping adventure in Algonquin Park with two of his best friends, Brendan Mark and James McBeath. Together, the crew paddles the Petawawa River, one of the top multi-day canoe trips in eastern North America. Rather than take canoes, however, they decide to run the river in fishing kayaks and a raft.

Check your local listings for a full airing schedule.

About Facing Waves: A World Champion kayaker, the author of twelve best-selling instructional books and videos on paddling, and a YouTube influencer with approximately 14 million views to his videos, Ken Whiting is the host of Facing Waves. A multifaceted media project, Facing Waves celebrates the cultures, landscapes and adventures that surround the world’s top paddling destinations. Each 30-minute TV episode airs on Outside TV, Bally Sports Network, and internationally through Nautical Channel. Networks interested in carrying Facing Waves are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Vice-President, Brendan Mark, at brendan@helipress.com.