Thanks Algonquin Outfitters!

Last week we received an awesome little package in the mail from Algonquin Outfitters, and let me tell you… good things come in small packages! They sent us 4 of Jeffrey’s Maps, all different sections of the park, some stickers to decorate our gear and a gift card to spend at the store! We love camping and we love our maps, especially Jeffrey’s. We got this little package just in time to plan our upcoming 8 day canoe trip in the park.

Last night the TwoCanoe crew spent hours pouring over our new maps, trying to plot our route, but we have one small problem. We want to go everywhere and we want to see everything. We don’t know where to go so if you have any route suggestions we would love to hear them. We want to know your favorite lakes, scenic trails, and where we can finally see some moose! We are going the first week of October so the fall colours will be ablaze and we are eager to witness the transformation of the park.

So drop us a line or give us some tips, and thanks again to Algonquin Outfitters, see you in 5 weeks!!!

P.S. Check out Algonquin Outfitters sweet new website and don’t forget their blog, they are working on merging their two previous blogs with over 700+ posts combined. There is a ton of great reading and useful information.


Saving our Planet, One Step at a Time

It had been way too long since my last challenge so this February, I made my way to the lunchroom, picked up the signup sheet, and signed my name. Over 86,000 people have had the same idea so I couldn’t be that crazy… right? Only 144 floors, 1776 stairs to the top of the world! (er… make that the top of the CN tower). I had signed up for the 2012 CN Tower Team Stair Climb in support of the World Wildlife Fund.

The challenge seemed appropriate in many ways as I am a lover of group exercise and am a big supporter of saving our planet. Proceeds are directed to conservation research programs including freshwater conservation, focusing on environmental flows at the watershed scale to protect and restore river flows. Canada has 20% of the world’s freshwater supply, and by supporting these programs we can ensure the stability of Canada’s freshwater in the future.

While the fastest climbers completed their journey to the top in just over 10 minutes, my time was just slightly higher: 35 minutes and 20 seconds. A personal best! (given… it was my first climb!) The experience was challenging yet rewarding, and knowing our team was contributing over $2700 felt really great.

I’m glad I was able to participate and am looking forward to improving my “climb time” next year.

If you’d like to read more about WWF initiatives in Canada, or to donate to the fund, click here.

Happy Climbing!

Can you spot the phone tower?

Can you spot the phone tower? That’s right, this giant tree is actually a phone tower and may be coming to a forest near you! I appreciate new technology, and functional design, however this monstrous tree is slightly jarring. As a lover of the great outdoors I guess this blends in better than the metal alternative, though seeing it is still a reminder of man’s footprint on an otherwise untouched wilderness. What do you think about it? Is technology creeping into the places we go to escape it?

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