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Suddenly Saskatchewan  Suddenly SaskatchewanMay 30, 2022It’s hard to imagine the vast, flat expanse of Saskatchewan sneaking up on anything, but there it was. Suddenly Saskatchewan. My home province. The place I grew up in and a place I dearly love. Familiar. Everything familiar.Familiar too is the...

Rewards RewardsMay 26, 2022 Living out of a canoe necessitates a simple existence. The rewards of such an existence, however, are not easily measured by any earthly standard.The birds singing you to sleep at night, the coyotes waking you in the morning. The terns endless antics, the...

Club-Footed Club-FootedMay 24, 2022 Kai Nani’s handy spirt sail has been getting a serious workout of late. Serious as in sailing just off the wind in 20+ knot gusts. It makes up for hours of paddling and it’s a joy to watch the shore fly by.For the...

Beached BeachedMay 24, 2022Leaving Victoria Settlement meant looking forward to Buckingham House Fort George, founded by Peter Fidler, the provisioning post of Fort Vermillion, and the Rebellion historical sites of Frog Lake and Cutknife to look forward to. These places, however, would have to wait. Our...

Victoria Settlement Victoria SettlementMay 23, 2022Founded in 1864 as an HBC trading post,  Victoria Settlement eventually grew into a bustling community that thrived for nearly 70 years. Today, the original HBC clerk’s quarters, the first structure built at post, is still standing. The building is in...

East Again East AgainMay 22, 2022Leaving Edmonton reprovisioned and re-energized, sights set east and paddling in earnest, I learned it takes about 3 hours to actually exit the city. This bridge, that bridge, the new pedestrian bridges, Peter Pocklington’s old residence, and the new Henday Highway....

Pit Stop Pit StopMay 22, 2022I had planned for a one day pit stop in Edmonton. Here’s the to-do list (no particular order):1. Return broken gear2. Replace poorly performing stove3.  Buy more dry bags4. Fix leaking fracture in Jan’s canoe5. Re-weld and repair Karta6. Laundry7. Wash,...

Fort Edmonton Bound Fort Edmonton BoundMay 19 Leaving Rocky Mountain House bound for Fort Edmonton via Boggy Hall, the nature of the river changes almost immediately. Gone are the gravelly banks and grass    covered sandy benches. In their stead, monstrous steep cut banks and muddy, willow...