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The Ogoki River From Top To Bottom

My brother (and longtime canoe partner) and I are heading back to northwestern Ontario’s Wabakimi area! The heart of this canoe trippers’ boreal dreamscape is Wabakimi Provincial Park, next to Polar Bear Park the largest in Ontario.  It sees a … Continue reading

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Down Wabakimi’s Allanwater River To Whitewater Lake and “The Center of the Universe” – Introduction, Logistics, Maps

For more specific info and  detailed maps showing rapids, portages, and campsites, see Day-By-Day Trip Report: Allanwater to Caribou The Route: Allanwater River-Wabakimi Lake-Whitewater Lake-Smoothrock Lake – Caribou River-Little Caribou Lake One thousand miles of road faced our canoe-topped car … Continue reading

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The Rice Lake “Serpent Mound” – Chronology, Sources, And Cases Of Mistaken Identity

Related Post: The Peterborough Petroglyphs: Building Over An Ancient Algonkian Ritual Site. The Archaeologist David Boyle on Rice Lake in 1897 Hundreds of acres of its surface are covered with wild rice, and it has thus been always a favorite … Continue reading

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εφήμερος – A Late-April Snowfall in Riverdale!

The Greek word εφήμερος (ephēmeros) translates as “lasting a day”.  It came to mind as I stood by the patio door and watched as our Icelandic sheepdog Viggo returned from his morning yard duty. Overnight a couple of centimeters (i.e. … Continue reading

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Georgian Bay’s North and East Coast – Paddlers’ Eye Candy

As longtime canoe trippers on the rivers and lakes of the Canadian Shield, it has only been in the past six years that the possibilities of paddling the northern and eastern shore of Georgian Bay drew the attention of my … Continue reading

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Temagami’s Lady Evelyn River From Top To Bottom: Route Options, Maps, Shuttles, Permits, And More

Previous Post: Temagami & Lady Evelyn Canoe Trip: Introduction and a Bit of History Route Options: Both headwater branches of the Lady Evelyn can be accessed by vehicle. After a short ride west along Hwy 560 from Elk Lake towards … Continue reading

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A Rainy Day in Toronto: Nov. 30, 2020.

See Viggo’s Den for more on our engaging Icelandic Sheepdog Viggo. The weather forecast for the next three days is not good. Rain, rain, and more rain – and maybe a bit of snow too! On the map, it looks … Continue reading

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 Temagami’s Lady Evelyn River From Top to Bottom: Days 10 and 11 – Across Lady Evelyn Lake To Mowat Landing

Previous Post: Day 9 – From The South Channel To The North End of Lady Evelyn Lake Day 10 – From West To East Across Lady Evelyn Lake distance: 18.5 km with a  pass by of Garden Island Lodge time: … Continue reading

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Temagami’s Lady Evelyn River From Top To Bottom: Day 9 – From the South Channel to Lady Evelyn Lake’s West End

Previous Post: Day 8 – From Bridal Veil Falls To the Bottom of the South Channel Day 9 – From South Channel to West End of Lady Evelyn Lake distance: 20.5 km. time: 10:30 – 2:30 weather: very wet; passing … Continue reading

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Temagami’s Lady Evelyn River From Top to Bottom: Day 8 – From Bridal Veil Falls To The Bottom of The South Channel

Previous Post: Day 7 – From Macpherson Lake To the South Channel’s Bridal Veil Falls Day 8  –  Lady Evelyn’s South Channel from Bridal Veil Falls To The Bottom distance: 9.7 km. time: 9:15 to 1:15 portages/rapids: finished the Bridal Veil portage … Continue reading

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