The Grand Paddle & Hike Fundraiser

THE GRAND PADDLE & HIKE!  May 12-14, 2023

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Thank you to our sponsors Martin’s Bus Service, Herrle’s Country Farm Market, Green Acre ParkDisplay Ontario,   Kindred Credit Union


The Grand Paddle & Hike is Silver Lake’s only annual fundraiser. As a non-profit organization, our camp depends on fundraisers and donors to thrive! Donations keep camp fees more affordable for families, help Silver Lake invest in all that is needed to create a summer of fun, and make planning for the future possible.

This year’s event will follow a similar format to last year. Teams can choose their own activity (walk/hike/bike/paddle) and participate when it suits best that weekend, or join scheduled group paddles/hikes/bikes in the KW region. We know the spirit and generosity of the Silver Lake community will keep shining!

How to Participate in the Grand Paddle & Hike:

  1. SET UP YOUR FUNDRAISING PAGE: Register and create your page by clicking here! Whether it’s just you or your whole family, create a “team name” that your supporters will recognize. Add a photo to personalize your page! TIP: If you are registering your family, use your Team Name for your Personal Page Name as well. (** Participants will receive a Paddle & Hike souvenir flag – one per team while supplies last! See pic below.)
  1. COLLECT DONATIONS ONLINE: Send the link for your fundraising page to family and friends and ask them to support you as you raise funds for Silver Lake. There are preset goals for the teams, but just do your very best with the fundraising. It’s amazing to see how generous people are when they know how special Silver Lake is to you!
  1. HIKE/WALK/RUN/PADDLE: On the weekend of May 12-14, get outside for some exercise and fresh air in your own neighbourhood or community. Or join other Silver Lakers at an informal group hike. Scroll down for locations.
  1. SHARE: Please take photos of yourself or family (with the souvenir flag!) participating in this fundraiser and send to Watch for team/participant photos to be posted on Facebook and Instagram!

Please also plan to join us for the SLMC Annual Meeting which will take place on Zoom on Saturday, May 13 at 11:30am. Click here for meeting link.

Group Paddle Locations and Times:  

  1. Sauble Beach – Canoe Silver Lake (canoes provided for short rides). Saturday, May 13 @ 2pm. Meet at 72 Pine Forest Drive. Look for Rebekah Caldwell
  2. Conestogo – Canoe the Grand (Bring your own canoe – approx. 2 hours) Sunday, May 14 @ 2pm. Meet by 39 Golf Course Road Grand River Access Point #7.  Look for Jessa Braun. Cell: 519-588-7001 * Be sure to bring moms along since it is Mother’s Day!

Group Hike Locations and Times:  Approximately 1 hour

  1. Toronto (Rouge Valley Trail) – Saturday May 13 @ 2pm. Meet at 1749 Meadowvale Road. Look for Christina Reimer
  2. Kitchener (Iron Horse Trail) – Saturday, May 13 @ 2pm. Meet at 625 Rockway Drive, Rockway Golf Course parking lot. Look for Karen Cornies
  3. Waterloo (Health Valley Trail) – Saturday, May 13 @ 2pm. Meet at corner of Water and Albert Street in St. Jacobs. Look for Karen Buschert (Note: You can stop for coffee and a treat after the hike!)

Group Bike Locations and Times:  Approximately 1 hour

  1. Elmira (Kissing Bridge Trail) – Saturday May 13 @ 2pm. Click here for meet up location and directions. Look for Ron Cornies (Note: You can stop for ice cream at Lost Acre Variety – bring some cash!)

** If you want to organize a group hike/walk in your own area, let us know and we will add it to this list!

Printable 2023 Fundraising Flag


2022 Fundraiser