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A Capital Sprint A Capital Sprint Aug 24, 2022The beginnings of Ottawa’s skyline dominate the far distance. Beneath the highrises, the beginnings of the Deschenes rapids turn the river to whitewater. Before it all, Kai Nani. I have sprinted here, hoping to take advantage of the weather, my...

Bains Bains Aug 23, 2022 In the distance, dead-center is the dam at Portage du Fort.    Just a few miles above this dam is another at Bryce. Dams, and the attendant portages around them, have been the bain of my existence since paddling up the Okanagan River some 5000...

Beauty Beauty Aug 21, 2022It is too easy to imagine early Europeans pushing westward, ever westward, deep and deeper onto an uncharted wilderness in search of fame and glory no matter the risks to life and limb. It is an incomplete, convenient history.There is a beauty beyond...

Downhill 2 Downhill 2 Aug 20 2022 Beneath the bridge in the distance is Ottawa River. It is downhill from here, at the confluence of the Mattawa and Ottawa Rivers to the Atlantic Ocean. Technically, that’s been the case ever since getting on the Assiniboine in what seems a...

Rendezvous Rendezvous Aug 11, 2022 For nearly three decades, Fort William was the inland headquarters of the North West Company and the linchpin in a vast fur-trading empire that spanned a continent bordering on three oceans.Perhaps more importantly, it was the base out of which the North West...

Home Stretch Home Stretch Aug 10, 2022Rounding one of thousand bends in a never-ending parade of rivers leading forever east, you see this.For months I have only seen flat forest floors, marsh, and riverbank. Shallow, mostly gently sloping, riverbank.And suddenly this. Mt. Mckay. The Ojibwe named  it...

Echoes Echoes Aug 9, 2022 On this trail, the only possible portage around the final set of rapids and falls above Kakabeka Falls, I stopped mid-stride, wiped the sweat running into my eyes and looked up. This is what I saw. Normally, I am bent double under the loads...

Some Rapidy Bits Some Rapidy Bits Aug 9 , 2022 With the tracker down, communication with the outside was limited to those places in the wild with cell coverage. As may be obvious, wilderness and cell coverage are generally mutually exclusive.Taking advantage of a rare pass near a...