Here are the winners of the Great Wilderness Cleanup 2009. The grand prize - best story - wins a canoe from Nova Craft and was judged by explore editor, James Little. The story will be posted soon.

Winners and prizes are:

Wilderness Pleasures by Kevin Callan (Most Garbage) - John Kelly (MagiKelly), leader for the UK. Way to go!

explore magazine subscription (Newest Chapter) - The Finnish Open Canoe Association. Welcome!

MEC Dry Bags (Most Rained Out Group) - Bryan Sarauer of the Saskatoon Canoe Club. Bryan ended up going by himself because of rain. Let's hope the dry bags help keep them dry next year!

Eureka Mat Chairs (Most Ground Covered/Cleaned in one day) - Joel Cooper & Company who covered a 90 km area of the eastern Lake Superior Shoreline, including 9 wilderness campsites in one day. Wow!

M&M Meat Shops Gift Certificates (donated by Kim Cowan) (Ongoing Outstanding Effort) - The Wolf Pack (Ben Teskey of The Wolf Den & Randy Mitson of AO for next year's BBQ) You're the best!

A Fork in the Trail by Laurie (Best Photo) - Molly & the Mermaids (Lisa Anttila) for this shot. It says it all!

White Box Alcohol Stove (donated by Laurie) (Best Scouts Group) - 1st Milton Venturers - See if you can cook a roast dinner with this stove, guys!

Hiking Sign (donated by veteran Scouts Leader and writer for Leader magazine, Gerry Neilands) (Best Trail Cleanup) - The Garbage Pickers who cleaned up the Mer Bleu trails in the Ottawa area. They discovered a big dumping ground under a tree and notified the National Capital Commission. Thank you!

Portage Sign (donated by veteran Scouts Leader and writer for Leader magazine, Gerry Neilands) (Best Portage Cleanup) - 'Uncle' Phil of The Wabakimi Project who have so far cleaned up over 8,000m of portages in the Wabakimi area (with many more to go). Kudos!

The Great Wilderness Cleanup T-shirts (donated by Kevin Callan & Nancy Maddock) (In Appreciation) - to many other volunteers who have given their time and effort towards this worthy cause. We sincerely thank you, we couldn't do this without you!

And last, but certainly not least, our grand prize winner (drum roll, if you please...)

Please note: The editors of explore magazine reviewed each story entry fairly and without bias.

Nova Craft Cronje Canoe (Best Group Story Written) - Ron Maddock of the Kawartha Brigade. The story will soon be published online at explore magazine. Congratulations, Bro!

Many, many congratulations from Kevin and I to each and every person involved in this (and every) year's The Great Wilderness Cleanup. Let's hope that one day this event won't be necessary.

To all winners: Please e-mail me at to give me your postal mailing address. I will also attempt to contact you. Thank you.

Until next year folks... You're the best!

Nancy Maddock