How to go backcountry camping during the pandemic

When the province of Ontario allowed backcountry camping starting June 1st, we only had a few days to plan our first trip, already booked for June 4th to the Massasauga Provincial Park. After months of not seeing people, we wanted to invite some friends, so we devised a few ways to eliminate infection while camping […]

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Before you canoe or kayak to the Toronto Islands, read this

The urban paddling route we get asked about the most is from the city to the Toronto Islands, and those requests have only increased recently. Now that the warm weather is upon us,  Torontonians are looking for safe activities they can do outdoors while getting some physical distancing space from their fellow city dwellers. While […]

At the peak of The Crack in Killarney Provincial Park, Ontario.

Ontario Parks should reopen backcountry access to help fight the ‘echo pandemic’

Open letter to Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London and Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks As Ontario begins to consider its careful and considered reopening after the pandemic period, it would be prudent and wise to return the province’s treasured outdoor spaces to its residents. Parks Canada announced on April 15 that it will […]

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2020 Paddling Film Festival World Premiere Roundup

One of our favourite “hard water season” traditions has become attending the premiere of Rapid Media’s Paddling Film Festival. Hosted by The Complete Paddler at The Royal Cinema in the heart of Little Italy in Toronto, the film festival often feels like the unofficial kick-off to trip planning season. It gives us permission to look […]

Brian and Cassandra paddle the river Liffey

Paddling the River Liffey with City Kayak Dublin

On a December day, we lowered ourselves into the River Liffey, right next to the historic Jeannie Johnston tall ship – the only emigration vessel used during the famine said to have never lost the life of a passenger. In a similar vein, our guide Lee assured us that he’d never seen anyone tip in […]

Urban Paddling: Paddle The Don

Every year, Paddle The Don feels like the unofficial kick-off to summer. It’s always the first weekend in May – close to Cassandra’s birthday – and we often get lucky with warm, sunny weather. Paddle The Don is a once-a-year opportunity to paddle the section of Toronto’s Don River between Eglinton and Bayview Avenues. The […]

Urban Paddling: Canoeing the Humber River in Toronto

When spring appears in Toronto in early April, it can be tempting for the backcountry enthusiast to continue hibernating until the season finally changes up north – much, much later. However, spring is actually the best time to paddle the Greater Toronto Area’s creeks and rivers because these waterways are often too shallow to paddle later […]

Bottle Lake in Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park

Bottle Lake is admired by canoe campers for its ease of access, sandy beaches, and nearby waterfalls. Join the Urban Paddlers as we set out to explore the lake and the waterfalls at the north end of Bottle, and on Catchacoma Lake as well.

Lion's Gate Bridge and mountains

The one thing you need to know to rent a kayak in Vancouver

I recently took a business trip to Vancouver. Upon arriving in my hotel room overlooking the harbour between the city and Stanley Park, I immediately wanted to rent a kayak. Little did I know my aspirations would be foiled because I lakced one crucial piece of knowledge. With a colder-than-usual spring in Toronto pushing back […]

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Winter glamping: Celebrating New Year’s Eve in the Silent Lake Provincial Park rustic cabins

Nearly two years after our first winter camping experience at Silent Lake Provincial Park, we still haven’t made much progress toward gearing up to go winter camping on our own. Between buying our first home and paying for our wedding, the idea of dropping thousands of dollars on a decent-quality hot tent and accessories all […]