Wooden canoes and paddles are closely linked to Ontarians’ collective sense of history. For centuries, rivers and lakes were the railways of their time: traversing our waterways by canoe was how Indigenous people and early European settlers explored this vast country.
Ontario is known as the “canoe capital” of the world for good reason. Our endless lake and river routes run from the far north of the province to the U.S. border.
It’s a rite of passage for many die-hard paddlers and it’s only a couple of weeks away….an ice out canoe trip. So what’s the attraction? It’s a moment of celebration, a time for paddlers to break free of the winter blahs, the sweet spot before the annoyance of spring bugs. As long as you’re well prepared, an ice-out paddle can be the ultimate early spring adventure. Continue reading Ice-Out Canoeing: A spring tradition for adventurous paddlers
A question posed to me by my three year old daughter on a cold and blustery January afternoon. It’s a simple enough question but at the time, for the life of me, I had no answer. I don’t quite remember what I ended up answering her but I believe it was along the lines of, “we’ll see.” That question stuck with me and I promised myself that for the rest of the year I’d have an answer for her. So as 2013 progressed, it became a year full of preparing, learning and most importantly, a year full of camping under the stars in some of Ontario’s most beautiful provincial parks.
We all make mistakes. No one is right all the time. But what makes this particular error hard to swallow is that it has resulted in a delayed paddling season. The lesson might be to not plan an ice-out canoe trip on a prediction made by an albino groundhog, despite the fact that he gave us hope. Hope that has remained frozen in the lake as winter is only recently beginning to release its grip. Continue reading Waiting for Spring – why you can’t trust groundhogs