June 24th-25th, 2011 I paddled the detroit river with my good friend Natalie and her dad Todd Lucier from Northern Edge Algonquin. It was a great trip celebrating Natalie’s graduation from film school as paddled through her home town of Windsor, Ontario. We kayaked about 72km along the Canadian shoreline of the Detroit River exploring Peche Island at the mouth of the River in Lake St. Clair, paddling under the Ambassador bridge connecting Windsor and Detroit and camping out at local paddler Don’s place near River Canard past Fighting Island. The next morning we continued out to explore the Boblo Island abandoned amusement park and out to Lake Erie to the Lucier’s family cottage just past Colchester, Ontario. Click the photo below for more photos from the trip.
So after a busy summer of trips i made my way back to Thunder Bay to lead one of my favourite trips in one of my favourite places. The Canadian North Shore of Lake Superior! and i got to lead it for the second time, this time with one of my best friends, Aaron Nicholson of whom we have lived, studied and worked for the lake for the past few years. We had a small group of 5 students and we really got connect with the lake and everyone had an amazing time despite being wind-bound for 7+ days out of 15 on the second half. We completed a campsite inventory and analysis for the Wilson Island Archipelago now owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. To start we had some beautiful sunny warm days with some nice swell and some calms to the crazy cold north winds that came in half way that came in that told us it wasn’t time to move… Lots of cards, food, laughs and sleeping. All in all it was a challenging but fantastic trip. A learning experience for all.
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