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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...

Transitions Transitions Aug 7, 2022I am continually amazed that each river system has a unique personality despite these systems being only a few miles apart. By car, the distances wouldn’t let you finish a Tim’s Double Double. By canoe, the coffee would be long since gone or...

Serendipity Serendipity Aug 4, 2022 Leaving The Pines at daybreak found me paddling blind, enshrouded in a deep, cold, wet fog. I actually got going south for a while, as opposed to east, before I realized I had better get the compass out or end up I know...