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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September 26, 2014     It was a spectacular day on the water on Georgian Bay today. The water was like glass in the morning then only got up to a 4 inch chop by the afternoon. We explored a new route just south of Frying Pan Island which heads into Moon Bay and the Moon River. This area is absolutely fantastic for riding…assuming you know where you are going. This area is not for beginners or those without chartplotters. 6 riders started the day but by lunch there were 8. There would have been 8 starting but only 15 minutes into my drive, my trailer wheel blew a bearing. With grease spitting everywhere, I headed to the nearest mechanic. The guys where awesome and starting working on it right away but the trouble was getting parts in time to save the day. A call to Phil (who was on route to the launch point) found that he had the exact parts needed in the back of his SUV….so he came to my rescue. While we had breakfast, the wheels were put back together on the trailer and within a half hour we were off to the launch point, albeit 2 hours late. Zooming up to Parry Sound in an hour and 20 minutes we made it in time for lunch…awesome! Lesson learned: bring spare trailer parts – hubs, bearings, seals, bearing buddies, wiring, plugs and and extra tail light or two. A spare tire is a must. Some tools might be good too for a roadside repair. Lesson two: don’t let a breakdown spoil your entire day…just part of it! - Andrew



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Point au Baril to Key Harbour

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1000 Islands Tour – 90 Miles

1000 Islands Tour – 90 Miles

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Rideau Lakes Tour – 70 Miles

Rideau Lakes Tour – 70 Miles

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