November 2017

The Story of My Canoe – Backcountry Custom Canoes

By |2017-11-07T17:34:44+00:00November 7th, 2017|Categories: #150for150, Adventure, backcountry, backcountry camping, backcountry custom canoes, camping, camping tips, Canada, canoe, canoe builder, canoe camping, canoe event, canoe lake, canoe maker, canoeing, Exploring, kayak, Kayaking, Nature, Ontario, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddle, paddle canada, paddling, portage, portaging, skin on frame|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When I first saw a canoe made by Backcountry Custom Canoes on Instagram at the start of the year, I thought they were the most beautiful canoes I'd ever seen. I knew nothing about them, just that they were gorgeous looking boats. (Photos provided by Backcountry Custom Canoes Instagram page.) I would see them on instragram every now and then and would love the post and many times comment on how incredibly gorgeous they were, [...]

October 2017

Mike Ranta – Hanging out in Killarney with a Modern Day Voyageur!

By |2017-10-11T09:30:22+00:00October 11th, 2017|Categories: Adventure, alone, camping, Canada, canoe, canoe camping, canoeing, enthusiasm, Exploring, inspiration, killarney, legend, Mike Ranta, Nature, Ontario, Outdoor Adventure Show, Outdoors, paddling, solo trip, Spitzii, water, waterways, winter camping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When I first met Mike Ranta at the 2017 Toronto outdoor show I didn't really know that much about him. All I knew was that I had just heard him present and I had never heard someone speak so passionately about something.   Mike Ranta speaks from his heart and he is so passionate about what he does that it gave me chills.   I was inspired instantly. This year him and his amazing canine Spitzii [...]

June 2017

150 for 150 – Day 2 – The Main Event!

By |2017-06-28T06:50:42+00:00June 28th, 2017|Categories: Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada, canada day, canoe, canoe day, canoe event, canoe lake, canoeing, Ontario, ontario parks, paddle, paddling, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It was an epic weekend. One I will never forget and one I will cherish.  It started off with a vision of one person and grew with the passion of others.  It displayed our love of  the canoe and the honor we all feel to be Canadians, living in this great country.  This weeks post will be two videos of the event.  Day one, featuring the opening ceremonies, some interviews with a few of the [...]

150 for 150 – Day 1 -Opening Ceremonies, Canoes & Olympics!

By |2017-06-27T17:31:42+00:00June 27th, 2017|Categories: #150for150, Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada, canada day, canoe, canoe day, canoe event, canoe lake, canoe olympics, canoeing, Exploring, inspiration, national anthem, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, Provincial Park|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It was an epic weekend. One I will never forget and one I will cherish.  It started off with a vision of one person and grew with the passion of others.  It displayed our  love of  the canoe and the honor we all feel to be Canadians, living in this great country.  This weeks post will be two videos of the event.  Day one, featuring the opening ceremonies, some interviews with a few of the [...]

April 2017

The 6th Annual KW Canoe Symposium- My 1st Presentation!

By |2017-04-11T14:49:03+00:00April 11th, 2017|Categories: #canoe, #canoeists, #speakers, #speech, Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, backcountry, backcountry camping, camping, camping tips, campsite, canoe camping, canoeing, enthusiasm, kw canoe symposium, Presentation, speeches, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The day before the Outdoor Adventure Show, I received an email from David Bain.  David, runs the KW Canoe Symposium and he had asked me if I might be interested in possibly speaking at next years event?  I was incredibly flattered, and honoured, and,  after establishing that I am mainly a kayaker, and finding out  that this fact seemed irrelevant as I do also love to canoe, I said I would think about it.  I [...]

February 2017

The Outdoor Adventure Show! -So Many Awesome People in One Place!

By |2017-02-28T18:24:38+00:00February 28th, 2017|Categories: Adventure, animals, booths, Campers, camping, camping tips, Canada, canoe camping, carcamping, Chairs, day trip, Exploring, Fun, kayak, Kayaking, Ontario, ontarios highlands, Outdoor Adventure Show, outdoor products, Outdoors, outdoors show, paddle, paddle canada, paddling, portage, portaging, pot set, Presentation, Provincial Park, tent, tentcamping, trade show, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I had an amazing time this past weekend at the Outdoor Adventure Show in Toronto .  I applied to get a bloggers pass and blog about the event and I was picked! I spent two days at the show this year and it was awesome!!!  Last year I was only at the event for one day and felt far too rushed. This year I was able to see all the booths I wanted to, talk [...]