Monthly Archives: March 2015

The River is Calling Me

Our latest addition to our off grid lifestyle - a lightweight Kevlar canoe by Swift.

Our latest addition to our off grid lifestyle – a lightweight Kevlar canoe by Swift.

Last night I went for a walk before turning in.  I needed some fresh air, I needed to see the stars…

Nightshot from backhome

Night shot from back home

It was a beautiful night in Alberta – the temperature hovered around the freezing point.  The night air was calm with only the slightest breeze, the fresh cool air felt wonderful on my cheeks.  I felt reinvigorated by the gentle breeze.  The stars twinkled in the dark sky, not as brightly as back home but there they were sharing the night with a bright white crescent moon.

I am not used to being in a city.  I walked the streets of the neighbourhood taking in my surroundings.  It was ten o’clock,  most people were still up – I saw many large screen tvs illuminating people’s living rooms.  Behind me the sound of cars driving to and fro filled my ears.  To the west of city, the constant whiz of the highway traffic was relentless. I wondered where all these people were going at this late hour.  Many were off to work I’m sure for night shift duty.   I missed my quiet wilderness home, I missed the peace and tranquility of the country life.

I didn’t miss any of this city life, I grew up in Canada’s capital.  With modern conveniences come modern price tags. My simple and mostly uncomplicated life demands more physical effort sometimes, but I like that.  I like growing my own food, I like cutting firewood and I like staying active – I would rather work at daily chores than driving to work everyday.  I don’t miss the rat race; I am glad I left it behind.

I pushed the busyness of the city out of my mind – my thoughts turned to the near future.  I longed to be on the river, I longed to start our cross Canada paddling journey.  I need it. I need to get out there and immerse myself in wilderness, it’s where I feel the most alive.  Spending time in nature heals me – it recharges my battery better than anything else I can think of.  When I lose myself, when life gets complicated – I retreat to the woods, I jump in my canoe and I paddle my stress away.  When I need to ground myself – I turn to nature.

It won’t be long now, a few weeks – a month at the most – and we will be on our way.  It won’t be an easy journey – paddling 5000 kilometres with over 90 portages is a daunting task to say the least.  I expect to encounter all kinds of weather – all kinds of animals and all kinds of surprises.  I also expect I’ll have the time of my life!

Today the sun is shining, we will reach a high of 7 degrees Celcius and by Friday they are calling for a balmy 15 degrees.  It’ll be hard to wait for the river to completely thaw, I’m like a child waiting for Disneyland to open its gates (even though I’ve never been there).  Until then, I will continue to make the final preparations – I will continue to wait for the river to be ready for me.  Every night when I fall asleep, I hear it calling to me: Come, come paddle my beauty, come see what I have to show you…

The river is calling me

The river is calling me

MywildCanada is about to get a little more Wild!

We are paddling from Rocky Mountain House Alberta to Lachine Quebec this year.

We are paddling from Rocky Mountain House Alberta to Lachine Quebec this year.

As you may have already heard – we are the Canadian Voyageurs and we are about to go on an epic journey! We are crossing Canada by canoe this summer AND we are taking the #mywildCanada chat on the road…uh the river….with us.  This is something that has never been done before.

From now on we will have to reduce the number of chats we hold.  We will put the Sunday chats on hold until we come back in the fall (most of you will be outdoors on weekends anyways) – and once we hit the water, we will be holding random #mywildCanada chats throughout the summer.  We will try and keep our Wednesday 2 pm (eastern time) chat going as long as we can and whenever possible will use that time frame while on our trip.  We should be able to host the Wednesday chats until we leave in late April or start of May – wilderness excursions always depend on conditions – we are going with the flow….

The trip itself is set to begin in May – so until then you should be able to find us Twitter at our usual Wednesday time slot.  We have some big chats coming in April – the Nature Conservancy of Canada is coming back to guest host again – the penciled in date (yet to be confirmed) is for April 12th – mark this on your calendar (in pencil for now!) because you don’t want to miss this one.

We welcome anyone who wants to guest host a #mywildCanada during the spring or summer (at the usual time – Wednesdays 2pm EST) to come on board to do so.  Hosting is a great way to meet like minded people and gain new followers – it’s also the most fun you can have on Twitter!  Ask anyone who has hosted before.  Anyone – from anywhere – is welcome to host.  We have the most wonderful people join in – we share – we learn – we laugh.

If hosting interests you – please contact us by email: celinegerry at or send us a private message on Twitter – @CanadianVoyage is our handle.

Make sure you all follow us on Facebook: Canadian Voyageurs 2015 – there you will be able to be a fly on the wall – you can follow our every stroke as we paddle across this great country of ours.  Click on the “Follow us on Mapshare” tab at the top of the page.

For more information about the trip please visit our website – we are proud to support the Nature Conservancy of Canada – we are helping them in their fund raising efforts by bring attention to their very worthwhile cause!