Bruce McConnell

It is with great sadness that we honour our dearest friend, Bruce McConnell, who passed away July 31st, 2014.  Bruce was the founder of Seadootours, long before we became an online entity, riding Seadoos on tour since the early 2000’s.  For more than 4 decades, Bruce had been racing or touring on fast machines.  On cars, motorcycles, sailboats, skidoo’s, seadoos,  race boats or anything else he get his hands on, Bruce wanted to go fast.  If his friends beat him, he needed to go faster, secretly putting on extra “parts” to ensure victory.

He was a kind and gentle man that would help you out no matter what you needed.  On numerous occasions, he had saved people’s lives on Lake Simcoe during severe weather risking his own life in the process.  He was always there to help.  You could always rely on Bruce to be there when you needed him most.

Whether he was on a Skidoo tour or Seadoo tour, he made sure everyone around him was having as much fun as he did.  He favourite saying while on tour was “who has more fun…?” He always made you feel that you were the most important person in the room.

Given his vast knowledge based on many years of touring experience, he could help you out of trouble no matter where you were.  More recently, with the advent of personal GPS’s and satellite transponders, he was an avid fan of planning routes, saving the routes for others to follow with a particular eye on safety.  Given his thousand skidoo adventures with our buddy Ron Beach, he knew first-hand the medical and mechanical emergencies than can arise while far from home.

We remember him fondly as “uncle Bruce” and a great friend.  He will be greatly missed in our lives and on our rides but I can only hope he still watches out for us on our future adventures.

– Andrew


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August 20, 2014     Just returned home from a 2 day ride down the Lower Ottawa Valley with 8 adults and 3 kids. After driving to Hawkesbury, ON and an overnight stay, we woke to sunshine and a little bit of wind. The ride was off to a shakey start as one machine decided to quit after only 3 miles on the Hawkesbury to Montreal leg of the trip. After a tow back to the ramp, riding was back on. Giving the time (11:00 am) it was decided to go to Ottawa instead. A smooth ride to Ottawa and lunch at Rockcliff Marina, we were off to see the Parliament buildings. After a few hundred pictures, one more machine went down with a plastic bag caught in the jet pump. While that was easily cleared, another machine machine died and was out for the count. It was left in Ottawa for the night (only to find it under 4 feet of water in the morning). The ride home was brisk and exhilarating with average speeds over 52 mph. The next day we woke to sunshine and zero wind. The ride to Montreal saw water so smooth it was like a mirror…I’ve never seen anything like it. Unfortunately, yet another machine decided not to behave and returned back to our launch point. Through the guillotine lock at Carillon, we set off to find Montreal and our lunch destination at St. Anne-De-Bellevue. Montreal smoked meat, poutine and refreshments were fantastic. One more machine sucked up a bunch of weeds and we were down again…but only briefly. After a quick run around the Lake of Two Mountains and a gas stop, we headed back to the lock and a speedy ride home to Hawkesbury. Thanks to all that made the trip a success with pictures, refreshments, and lots of laughs. A special thanks to Greg and Al for each taking one of my kids on the back of their machines for the entire trip. – Andrew



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