Skip to main content

Standing Up to the Meanest Link

On July 24, Soldier On supporters Doug Russell, Alex Duncan and Mike Crouzat became the first team ever to paddleboard the "Meanest Link", a 420 km paddle route around Ontario's Algonquin Park.

The route was created in honour of Bill Swift Senior, a prominent figure in the Canadian paddling community. With its 107 portages, the Meanest Link traverses some of the most beautiful and challenging terrain in Algonquin Park. To date, only 24 people have completed the full route in tandem canoes, and it has never before been done on a standup paddleboard.

Paddling against heavy headwinds and through thunderstorms, it took the team seven days, nine hours, and twenty six minutes to complete the expedition, with the most challenging portions being the Big East River and the Nippissing River, north of Huntsville.

The expedition raised $4600 dollars for Soldier On! A heartfelt thank you to the team and to everyone who supported them!

Relevant Links
The Meanest Link
Donation Page
The Meanest Link on Facebook