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30 of the Best Things to Do in Southwest Ontario

If you've driven the rather boring section of Highway 401 between Toronto and Windsor, you could be forgiven for thinking there's not much to see in southwest Ontario. But drive off the main highway and you're in for a treat. Southwest Ontario is home to a thriving and growing wine industry. It's full of cute towns and quiet backroads that are perfect for cycling. There are places to paddle and nature in abundance especially in…

A Once in a Lifetime Keele River Canoeing Experience

“Have you done much paddling?” I casually asked the man beside me as we filed into the dining room at an Edmonton hotel. What else do you say to a fellow paddler you’ve never met before on the eve of a two-week, 400-kilometre canoe trip down the Keele River in the Northwest Territories? He was fit, 50ish and wore the requisite quick-dry clothing. I was stunned when he told me that his paddling was limited…

How to Plan a Canoe Trip in Quetico Provincial Park

Quetico Provincial Park is huge at 4,760 square kilometres, almost double the size of the country of Luxembourg. Its home to literally thousands of lakes along with over 2,000 backcountry campsites. Because of its size, it's a challenge, at least the first time you visit, to decide where to go. Start by ordering a map of Quetico Provincial Park with all the portages shown. It's available online through the Ontario Parks Store or directly from Chrismar.com.…

A Week Long Canoeing Trip in Quetico Provincial Park

Quetico Provincial Park is a massive wilderness park in Northwestern Ontario, located a few hour's drive west of Thunder Bay. It is immediately adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota. With thousands of lakes, rivers, centuries old portages, waterfalls and campsites you could literally spend a lifetime exploring the region. John and I had a week set aside to paddle in Quetico. In consultation with Shane from Canoe Canada Outfitters in Atikokan…

A Weekend Canoe Trip on the Red Deer River

If you're looking for an easy, family-friendly summer adventure in Alberta try canoeing or kayaking the Red Deer River. Although it has a good rate of flow, there are very few, if any rapids to deal with. Your biggest problem will likely be running aground on a gravel bar or slipping on a muddy bank getting out of the canoe. There are lots of paddling options on the Red Deer River from a one day…

Paddling the Peace: A Fabulous Alberta Adventure

Unless you're from northern Alberta, the Peace River probably doesn't register on your radar. Yet it's a huge river that dramatically cuts across the province for over 1,000 kilometres. Starting in the Rocky Mountains of northern BC, the river flows northeast through Alberta to empty into the Slave River, one of the Mackenzie River tributaries. The Mackenzie is the tenth longest river in the world! Paddling the Peace River is a fabulous Alberta adventure but…

A 3 Day Canoe Trip on the Milk River in Alberta

The Milk River, named for its milky colour by Lewis and Clark back in 1805, flows north out of Montana into southern Alberta and then back into Montana again. Over its 1,173 kilometre length, there is a fantastic section that can easily be done as a 3 day canoe trip beginning in the town of Milk River, Alberta. John and I rented a canoe from Ken Brown of Milk River Raft Tours (Ph: 403-642-7619) and…

Done in a Day: Canoeing the Yukon River from Marsh Lake to Whitehorse

The Yukon River is the third longest in North America, traveling 3,185 kilometres from northern British Columbia to empty into Alaska's Bering Sea. Although it has played key transportation roles, especially during the Klondike Gold Rush at the end of the nineteenth century, now it's definitely a river for recreational enthusiasts. In fact ever summer, the world's longest kayaking and canoeing race - the 715 kilometre Yukon River Quest - takes places between Whitehorse and Dawson…

Canoeing from the Cameron River Ramparts to Yellowknife

The Northwest Territories offers some of the best canoeing in the country. But almost all of the canoe routes require an expensive float plane ride. I wanted to do something that didn't cost a lot. With some help from Gary at Overlander Sports I put together an itinerary that only required a one hour van shuttle from Yellowknife to KM 55 on the Ingraham Trail (also known as Highway 4). The plan was to spend four…

Kayaking the World’s Highest Tides in the Cape Chignecto Area

Interested in kayaking the world's highest tides? One place you can do that is on the Bay of Fundy in the Cape Chignecto area of Nova Scotia.  The Cape Chignecto area is a wild, unspoiled landscape best appreciated from the water. The kayaking allows you to get close to rock spires, including the legendary Three Sisters, arches, cliffs and even rock amphitheaters. There are rocky beaches too - perfect for picnics or for camping if…

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