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Wisla River, Krakow, Poland

Published on May 27, 2012 by in Day Trips, Trips

Interactive map | How to do it | Photo gallery Kayaking down the Wisla River immediately to the south of the old town isn’t the most popular activity in Krakow, Poland in the middle of May – but it is possible. After asking a few locals that spoke English about where I could rent a

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Paddle the Don

Published on May 7, 2012 by in Events

Skip to Photos. In the five years that I’ve participated in Paddle the Don event, I often get a reaction of mock-horror whenever I explain it to someone. “What if you tip into the water?” they exclaim, as if this would be tantamount to plunging headfirst into a nuclear waste pool without a HazMat suit.

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Minesing Wetlands, Barrie, Ontario

Published on April 30, 2012 by in Day Trips, Trips

Interactive map | How to do it | Photo gallery I was intrigued by the Minesing Wetlands Conservation Area at first because of its proximity to Toronto. Just to the west of Barrie, it can easily be driven to within an hour, yet it offers much of the appeal of more northerly destinations – a

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Billy Bishop Airport, Toronto, ON

Published on April 23, 2012 by in Day Trips, Trips

Usually paddlers are looking for a little bit of peace and quiet when they set out in a canoe or kayak. But when you live in the heart of a high density urban area, that’s not always an option. Sometimes, rather than trying to squeeze the best nature experience you can get out of a

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Paddle to the Amazon – book review

Published on April 8, 2012 by in Paddlers, Reviews

In the summer of 1980, Don Starkell set out from Winnipeg, Manitoba with his two sons – Jeff, 19, and Dana, 18 – with the goal of canoeing to the mouth of the Amazon River. It seemed impossible and many told Don he would never make it and was foolish for trying, but he spent

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Solo canoeist traverses Atlantic Ocean unaided

Published on April 7, 2012 by in News, Paddlers

If you think you’ve been on some marathon canoe trips that require gruelling days of paddling, here’s something to give you some perspective. A Hungarian man, Gabor Rakonczay, has become the first person to solo canoe across the Atlantic Ocean. He completed the 5,000 km trip from Lagos, Portugal to Antigua in 76 days, arriving

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Black Canyon, Colorado River, Nevada, U.S.A.

Published on April 6, 2012 by in Day Trips, Trips

Interactive map | How to do it | Photo gallery It was 6:00 A.M. when the Desert Adventures company came to pick me up from my hotel. Thank God I’m still on eastern time, I thought to myself, otherwise this would seem almost unreasonably early. I was staying just off the main strip at the

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