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Canoe manufacturers and outfitters are scrambling to provide paddlers with canoes and kayaks for the summer season. It seems everyone is taking to the water during their COVID-19 “staycations.” It also seems more newbie canoeists and kayakers are looking for...
When you’re on holiday, soaking in the tropical vibes of Thailand as a young adventurer, the last thing you expect is the sudden death of your fiancé. Yet that’s what happened to Shannon Leone Fowler, the author of Traveling with...
The town of Killarney, Ontario, turns 200 years old this year. Wow. That’s something to celebrate. My first book, which was about Killarney, turns 30 years old as well. Two great excuses for me to paddle across the park. I did...
It was nice to escape the “norms” of our COVID-19 world for awhile and enjoy a week of paddling in Algonquin. No social distancing, no bathing in hand sanitizer, no masks and no stress. I was alone the entire week...
Some outdoorsy types dwell on paddling large bodies of water in record time, others bag peaks and others simply collect Tilley hats. All are obsessions or crazed fetishes; all give reason to continue going outdoors. My mania is searching for lost...
We were just exiting Oscar Channel after travelling ten kilometres through one of the most mind-blowing wildlife zones I've ever seen. For most of the channel, we were accompanied by dozens of frisky sea lions, who arced in and out...
The south “panhandle” section of Algonquin Provincial Park doesn’t seem to get as much traffic as the more popular access points along the Highway 60 corridor. Maybe because it’s a relatively new addition to the park. Historically, there was a...
Finally! I’m heading out on my first canoe trip of the season. It’s a little late due to the darn pandemic, but at least I’m now able to head off into the woods and water to deal with minor discomforts...
I've seen magic happen: the moment when a young, high-anxiety kid spends quality time outdoors, and then transforms into their truer self. Their reconnection with the outdoors proves our innate affinity with nature and why living without it can be...
I’ve spent a lot of my career taking various people out in the woods, from troubled youth to greenhorn adults. It was always enjoyable—but it was always still a job. I carried a heavy burden; being responsible for making sure...
Female voices are underrepresented in the typically male-dominated outdoor adventure world. We want to change that narrative. Hiking, camping and canoeing are some of my favourite activities; however, I rarely do them alone. When trekking through the forest, I’m...
Cliff Jacobson is one of North America’s most respected outdoors writers and is the most published canoeing/camping writer of this century. His numerous titles have been translated into Spanish, German, French and Turkish with sales approaching one million copies. The...
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