T-60

Hi folks, Recently, I’ve been contemplating this 1556 map of New France by Giacomo Gastaldi. It’s based on work by Jacques Cartier and other explorers of the time. Canada may be turning 150 this year but its European roots go back almost 500 years. What preparations were undertaken for Cartier’s  journey? What surprises did they encounter along the way? And …

The Nova Scotia Nature Trust

I’m excited to announce that I’m working with the Nova Scotia Nature Trust. During my trip around the province this summer, I’ll be sharing stories through social media about the importance of land conservation. I’m also raising donations for the Nature Trust to help make conservation happen in Nova Scotia. My fundraising goal is $5,000 — just a hundred dollars …

Ode to my P&H Cetus MV

After two years of a good relationship, I’ve decided to part with my Cetus MV. It belonged formerly to my friend, Christopher, with whom I’ve done some great trips with the boat. Most notably, this boat has been to the North Peninsula of Newfoundland and visited the relocated community of Harbour Deep. Material: composite construction with Diolen (high modulus polyester) …

Wilderness camping in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia offers a wealth of wilderness camping areas, many of which are situated along the Atlantic coast. Through my search for eligible coastal camping spots for my trip around the province, I’ve discovered an awesome resource that will help me identify them. I recently had the opportunity to meet with the Protected Areas and Ecosystems policy & program coordinator …

Crossing Halifax Harbour by Kayak

Crossing the Halifax Harbour safely by sea kayak demands careful attention and effective communication. I’ve paddled inside of Halifax Harbour on several occasions but I’ve never actually traversed its mouth. It’s only 5.4 NM / 10 km from Chebucto Head to Devils Island but some BIG ships pass through and wouldn’t even see a kayak, let alone feel one under …

T-100

It’s 100 days until I start my trip around Nova Scotia. Trip preparation is on my mind every single day. It’s something I balance with work, home, and life’s other demands. Iain has been super supportive, suffering endless camp food experiments and trudging through fields and marshland helping me scout land routes. My friends have also been supportive, offering their …

Paddlers Fitness – Week 8 Results

We started our program in January 2017 with a group of three enthusiastic paddlers plus me and Ben. We’re all learners: some are new to fitness; this is a mentorship opportunity for me; Ben is advancing his fitness assessment methodology and exploring remote coaching. The 15-week program starts in the studio with a fitness assessment. We test functional strength, mobility, and …

Preparing: The Mind

“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.” — John Steinbeck I can’t remember the last time in my adult life that I took a full two-week vacation and this …

Courage or mid-life Crisis?

I have a personal project that I’m intent on achieving this year that is either courageous or the consequence of a mid-life crisis. Probably both. But first, some context… I’m turning 50 in September. I’m not unhappy with that fact but it does lead me to reflect deeply on the significance of being a half century old, and most likely past …

Paddlers Fitness Program launched!

Today we launched “Between the Seasons”, a fitness program for paddlers to improve their fitness during the less active winter months. I’ve created this program with my friend, Ben Costigan, owner of Core Essentials Fitness Studio in downtown Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. I’ve been working with Ben as my personal trainer for nearly two years and I’ve learned a lot from …