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Wise grandmothers, love and the bomb

I am now on the Voyageur trail in Northern Ontario and for the next three weeks my friend Jenica will be hiking it with me. My next blog post will be all about our adventure on the Voyageur trail.  But todays blog post is about two Grandmothers I have met in Ontario. The first grandmother is

Wise grandmothers, love and the bomb 2017-11-23T05:57:57-07:00

Food Angels of Eden Mills, Ontario

Eden Mills is a bit off the trail but it is where my high school friend Barbara Walton lives with her partner Steve Bella. In September 2016 I was traveling with Dee during the Southern Ontario section so we had the support vehicle. We were fed beautiful organic meals, meet many Eden Mills folks at

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Serpent River, tree spirits, winter solstice

  As I left Spanish, Ontario on the trail a few weeks ago, I traveled west towards Serpent River. As I turned a corner to follow the trail to the water, I passed an old graveyard and noticed many white nameless crosses. A few minutes later a large stone building caught my eye. From a

Serpent River, tree spirits, winter solstice 2017-11-23T05:57:57-07:00

A short film about 500 days by JL Munce

When the journey began part of the vision was to work with artists from every part of Canada along the way. While traveling through Muskoka in the fall, I connected with filmmaker Jeremy Munce to do some filming for the feature film. ( www.jlmunce.com) The moment we met on the trail near Gravenhurst, Ontario, he

A short film about 500 days by JL Munce 2017-11-23T05:57:57-07:00

From Ottawa to Toronto: The healing horses, the happy camper and a brave heart

Today I sit on Manitoulin Island on Lake Huron, the largest freshwater lake island  in the world. Manitoulin is Ojibwe for, Island of Spirit.  I am on a 100 acre farm with two women, Becky and Maureen, one 16 week old Pyrenees mountain dog,  three cats, two huge pigs called Monroe ( as in Marilyn

From Ottawa to Toronto: The healing horses, the happy camper and a brave heart 2017-11-23T05:57:57-07:00

A rail line, a teepee and cooking a wild goose – The Trans Canada trail from Montreal to Ottawa

I sit today at a library on Queen street in Toronto writing this blog. It is September 10th, 2016. Last time I wrote I was in Montreal. It was the end of July. So I will pick up the story from there. It has been the hottest summer ever recorded here in Ontario and Quebec.

A rail line, a teepee and cooking a wild goose – The Trans Canada trail from Montreal to Ottawa 2017-11-23T05:57:57-07:00

Le Traversee de Charlevoix to Montreal

The Traversee de Charelvoix In my last blog I shared my story of falling in the water at the end of the Sentier L'Orignac and my good fortune in meeting the angel of Charlevoix, Johanne Leduc. As it turned out, Johanne is also the Directrice generale of the 110km Traversee de Charlevoix, the longest of the

Le Traversee de Charlevoix to Montreal 2017-11-23T05:57:57-07:00

The Charlevoix

Part One. Sentier L’Orignac   The Charlevoix region is like stepping into an old fairytale. From the moment you disembark in St Simeon on the north shore of the St. Lawrence river you feel like perhaps the Starship Enterprise just beamed you into rural France. It is a special place. Perhaps because it was recreated

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” Wisdom begins in wonder.” – Socrates-

From Woodstock, New Brunswick to Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec This past month I have mountain biked 340km of the Trans Canada Trail from Woodstock, New Brunswick to Riviere du Loup, Quebec, then hopped on a ferry to St Simeon and backpacked approximately 200km of the Charlevoix mountains. I am now in Baie-St.Paul, about 100km from Quebec city.

” Wisdom begins in wonder.” – Socrates- 2017-11-23T05:57:58-07:00

Côté B&B and a Rescue, Grand Falls, NB

Well, this one's a few months old but many thanks to Norma Côté and the Côté B&B Inn in Grand Falls  NB for providing two nights accommodation and lots of animal excitement. The initial plan was for Dee to start back on her bike in Woodstock on March 16 after a few days reprieve back at

Côté B&B and a Rescue, Grand Falls, NB 2017-11-23T05:57:58-07:00