Save Solace Documentary Trailer

I’ll keep sharing this until we #savesolace.

In October, a few of us from Friends of Temagami went out to go see how the Solace Wildlands are being impacted by construction of the Turner Road. For two days we camped at Twinkle Lake to the sounds of heavy machinery. We paddled down the Ames Creek to Seagram Lake and spent another two days exploring and filming the Wildlands. Four days later, logging companies had built two bridges through sensitive cold water fisheries habitat by driving heavy machinery through the creeks.

I’ve been visiting the Solace Wildlands for years now, but in the past two – with the ongoing construction of the Turner Road – I feel such a sense of loss every time I travel here. This isn’t out of the ordinary in Temagami. Climb the hills next to your favourite rivers in the region and you’ll see the clear cuts. You’ll see the tailings ponds near the old Sherman mine site. You’ll see the roads winding through the bush targeting the biggest and most valuable white pine.

I don’t know how to save the Solace Wildlands at this point, but I’m fully prepared to chain myself to a bulldozer and deal with the consequences. We only have one Temagami, one Canada, one planet.30 years after the Red Squirrel Road blockades, we’re still fighting to save Temagami’s old growth forest. Nothing changes unless we stand up.


Read the latest Turner Road update here.

Packing food for a 3+ week canoe trip

I recently received a comment asking what we pack food-wise for a three-week Temagami canoe trip.

This isn’t an easy thing to plan for. It’s a long, hard slog. Everything needs to be relatively lightweight so you aren’t dying after carrying over your first portage. You’re also out there for nearly a month, so you don’t want to forget anything or suffer the consequences of running out of booze.

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Recent Article Links

Paddling, Photographing, Writing, Volunteering…. You Know, The Usual

#SaveSolace sticker on our canoe on Wasaksina Lake, Temagami, Ontario. June 9, 2018.

Some things I’ve written in the past few months…

  • Algonquin Outfitters Paddle Art Contest article for the Canoeroots section of Paddling Magazine available here.

  • Interview with Paddle Quest 1500 adventurer John Connelly for the Adventure Kayak section of Paddling Magazine available here.

  • ‘Tips for Exploring Temagami by Paddle and Portage’ article for Northern Ontario Travel available here.

  • Save Solace campaign page for Friends of Temamgami. I’ve put in countless hours working on this campaign to save the Solace Wildlands from construction of a 25 kilometre primary logging road and clearcutting. Please consider signing our petition and purchasing a sticker.

In addition to these published articles, I’ve been working hard on forest management planning responses for Friends of Temagami and posting regularly on my Instagram.  Naturally,  my volunteer work for FOT is entirely unpaid so if you’re a publisher/wealthy patron/big fan feel free to support my efforts, HA. Only half-joking.

Maybe I’ll have time to write up some trip reports soon. Maybe. I’m a busy lady. I went on three winter camping trips, a week-long canoe route maintenance trip through the Solace Wildlands with FOT and helped with a thunderbox install mission to Wasaksina Lake so far in 2018. I also completed my second year of J-School and became Vice-President of Friends of Temagami. Oh! And I finally got a real camera!

Thanks for following along.



Blueberry Bourbon Smash

A New, Northern Summer Cocktail Recipe

blueberry leaf garnish optional; fancy stump side table required

2017 was a great year for blueberries.

Supposedly, there’s a connection between the abundance of blackflies in any given year and the blueberry crop. Blackflies don’t pollinate blueberries, but if the bugs are atrocious in spring, the blueberries will be incredible come August. It was an awfully wet summer in Ontario – we had 14 days of rain on an 18-day trip this year – and our toil and slogging through the mud was rewarded with enough blueberries to bake  a pie every day.

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Temagami 2017 – An Instagram Trip Log, Explained

300-ish kilometres. 18 days. 14 days of rain and/or storms. One broken boot.

This year, I’ve chosen to share my Temagami trip log through a different format: Instagram.

If you don’t have Instagram or don’t follow me already (for shame!), I’m posting it for you here in chronological order. If you’ve already been following but missed some posts in your feeds due to sponsored content (for shame!), this should be an easy way to see the story in the order it happened.

If you have no clue how to use Instagram, this post is also for you! Many of the posts have multiple pictures in the gallery. The row of dots at the bottom of the image lets you know if there’s more than one photo in a set. You can tap the arrows on the sides of the photos to go back and forth between them. You’re welcome, Mom.

Some guy once said a picture tells a thousand words, so along with my verbose captions you’ve got quite a lot of reading to do.

Click the link below to see the story.

Temagami 2017 – An Instagram Trip Log