Hap, Andrea & Cabin Falls at the Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show

Yes! It’s that time of the year again, when all the paddling and outdoor explorers gather for one spectacular weekend of presentations, demonstrations, as well as Canada’s largest showcase of outdoor gear and adventure travel experiences, all at the Toronto – OAS 2016.

Hap and Andrea wait out a storm while out mapping the route for the TCT

Hap and Andrea wait out a storm while out mapping the route for the TCT

This year, look for Hap and Andrea at their NEW Cabin Falls Ecolodge booth, where there will also be books and other Hap Wilson works available. Plus, be sure to catch Hap at the Paddler’s Pavilion, where he will be presenting this year’s topic: TEMAGAMI.

Temagami poster 2016

Plus, receive a discount off the cost of your admission ticket to the Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show when you print out the coupon image (see coupon image below) or purchase your tickets online using the promo code: HAPWILSON

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OAS 2016 Show Info
Show Hours
Friday, February 19, 2016, 11am – 8pm
Saturday, February 20, 2016, 10am – 6pm
Sunday, February 21, 2016, 10am – 5pm


Admission: (Don’t forget the coupon or online promo code above!)
Adult: $14
Youths 12 – 17: $12
Seniors 60+: $12
Weekend Pass: $18
Children 11 & under are free

For more information, or to purchase your tickets online, see: http://outdooradventureshow.ca/toronto/show-info/

You definitely don’t want to miss this!

Heart of the Continent Book – A CALL TO ADVERTISERS

Heart of the Continent by Hap Wilson

 

CALL TO ADVERTISERS:

Resource & Service pages have been dedicated for advertising space in Hap Wilson’s new book. One-quarter, half & full-page ad space is now available at a first-come, first-serve basis. These pages have been an important user-resource in Hap Wilson’s guidebooks over the years. For ad pricing and information please contact Eskakwa EcoAdventure Co. at:

Email: info@eskakwa.ca or call: 705-732-8254

HEART OF THE CONTINENT
Mapping Canada’s Canoe Route
Explorations from Lake Superior to Manitoba
By Hap Wilson Published by Firefly Books
Release Date: spring 2017 (Canada’s 150th.)

THE BOOK: A Brief Synopsis

Five years ago the Trans Canada Trail executives approached Hap Wilson about designing and mapping a canoe route from Lake Superior to Manitoba. Unable to build a land-based trail, the TCT had decided to earmark this National canoe route as an integral part of the Canadian cross-country trail system. Dedicated to Canada’s First Nations and canoeing icon Bill Mason, the route is called Path of the Paddle, tracing a diverse route over 1,000 kilometers from Thunder Bay to Whiteshell Park in Manitoba. Following the historic Pigeon River and the Gunflint Route, Path of the Paddle uses a little known route through Quetico Wilderness Park, north beyond Atikokan and the Turtle River Waterway system, up to Dryden and on to Kenora, finishing up along the Winnipeg River and Whiteshell Provincial Park in Manitoba. The book also includes many adjoining routes, kayak and paddleboard touring destinations, and local hikes up some spectacular vistas. Maps are hand-drawn with an artistic, historic look approach, detailed for safe navigation, with drawings, charts and photographs, along with journal notes. As with any Hap Wilson guidebook, this project has taken several years of intense field and studio work to complete; scheduled for release of spring 2017 as a celebration for Canada’s 150th. birthday.

Monthly information will be available for viewing by checking back here for updates at hapwilson.com.

New Book by Hap Wilson with Firefly Books: Coming Spring 2017

Firefly Books Logo

There is a new book by Hap Wilson in the works along with renowned publisher, Firefly Books. With the release date set for spring 2017, and in celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday, the book has been given the title:

 

HEART of the Continent”
Mapping Canada’s Canoe Route
Explorations from Lake Superior to Manitoba

photo by Hap Wilson, new book to come

 

The book will include Hap’s photography, illustrations, maps, and journal notes. Be sure to watch Hap Wilson’s Facebook page, Twitter, and this blog for more details as they become available to the public. Also be sure to follow Firefly Books on Facebook and Twitter for all their great publications!

 

 

Bala Falls Portage – A Much Broader Issue

Hap Wilson on the Bala Falls Portage Ban Controversy:

Ontarians should be outraged – at least those who value Canadian historic and prehistoric public lands. The Bala Falls Portage issue, recently covered by the Globe and Mail, is a much broader problem that needs serious investigation. Last winter I was called on by Swift River Power Corp. lawyers to stand as an expert witness for their team. I refused. I then became an expert witness for the Township of Muskoka Lakes who are fighting to stop the power development.

In my Wild Muskoka guidebook I had put an alternate portage on the north side of the falls predominantly for those beginning trips down the Musquash and Moon Rivers. This is the portage Swift River (and OMNR) prefer, of course, because they want to develop the historic portage site still used by local camps and paddlers. I was then grilled by Swift River lawyers about my choice of portage locations but I maintained that the historic portage was still in active use. Local historians (Shnier et al) proved the historic use of the portage by Thompson in the early 1800’s; I also maintained that from my own extensive travels on rivers, that the portage is located in the most likely place south of the falls.

 

Portage Ban - Ontarians Should Be OUTRAGED!

OMNR & Swift River won the first round in the courts and we all know that the appeal won’t look any better. I told the Globe and Mail in a short note that they need to look deeper into this issue. This has been happening across Ontario in a multitude of ways, i.e. OMNR placating to the whims of big business at the expense of self-propelled recreation interests.

Recently I talked with a spokesperson at the Culture & Heritage Ministry in Toronto who informed me that each OMNR District in the province is basically self-regulating; ha, no surprises there! That means they can stretch, or ignore certain aspects of the Public Lands Act or Heritage Acts based on current industrial or impact-tourism needs. OMNR closed off the Bala Falls Portage because of safety reasons…how absurd is this when you can easily name a hundred other similar locations exist on other rivers in the province. Does this mean that OMNR will shut-out paddlers from other locations based on liability fears (or big business interests)???

The township will lose the Bala Falls court appeal because, hey, the Crown-based Canadian legal system won’t want to compromise the peoples’ faith and trust in the present system – that the ministry overseeing our natural resources and Crown Land make the best collective decisions for the People…and we all know how well our fisheries and forests have been managed in this country!

OMNR can’t afford to lose this fight and the Crown judges know this. This is actually a huge precedent setting case in Canada but most people haven’t picked up on it yet. The Crown can’t lose because there would certainly be investigations and court cases pop up across the province – if not the country….and if you think Ontario Crown Lands are run by a bunch of bandits, you should see the internal machinations within the Crown ministries in Manitoba!

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Written by Hap Wilson :: July 13, 2014, submitted via email.

For more information, visit savethebalafalls.com.

Hap To Speak At WCHA Convention

Another date to mark your calendars for! Hap has been invited to speak at the 35th anniversary of the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association Convention, Saturday July 19th. at St. Paul Smith’s College in the St. Regis Wilderness Paddling Area in New York, USA.

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Hap’s talk will feature the latest news about the Path of the Paddle project and the Canadian adoption of canoe/water trails into the National Trails Heritage. Book signing and tall tales told! For more information, visit the WCHA website: www.wcha.org.

Don’t forget, Hap will be presenting this winter at the Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show as well!

Hap A Featured Speaker At Outdoor Adventure Show – Toronto

For those of you who wish to see Hap speak in person this winter, be sure to mark your calendars for February 22, 2014 for the Outdoor Adventure Show in Toronto. Hap is featured as a “Special Guest” this year with the plan, so far, being for him to present “Favourite Canoe Routes of The Canadian Shield” on Saturday, February 22nd at 1:00pm, where you will find him on the Adventures in Paddling Stage.

 

Outdoor Adventure Show Screenshot

 

But that is not all! The Outdoor Adventure Show starts on Friday, February 21st running thru to Sunday February 23rd, 2014 and has lots to offer for the outdoor enthusiast.

Canoe, kayak and SUP demonstrations will take place all weekend, in their interactive 30′ x 50′ heated pool, where you are welcome to watch the experts and learn some new maneuvers and techniques. Some demonstrations include: kayaking rolling & skills, SUP Yoga and more.  In fact, we hear that a fellow paddle hider, Preston (and Nancy) from Portageur.ca may also be there to share their tips on canoeing with dogs and a few other things too.

Plus Paddling legends and experts, Hap included (as noted above), will be sharing their unforgettable paddle trips, tips and must hear paddle adventure stories – all on the Adventures in Paddling Stage.

There will also be a Paddler’s Paradise Pavilion, which will showcase everything from cutting edge equipment and gear, clothing and accessories, to tour operators, and education for a full range of paddle sports. Other themed areas include Scuba World, the Adventure Travel Pavilion, a Camping Showcase, a Health & Fitness Pavilion and more!

Hap Wilson Coupon for Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show

Also, be sure to look for Hap and Andrea in the Swift Canoe & Kayak Booth. They will be hanging out there for part of the weekend and are looking forward to meeting you. Hap will have some books available for sale and will be available for signing books as well. Visit the Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show website for more information or to buy your tickets in advance online using promo code HAPWILSON (and save a few dollars!).

LINK TO TICKET PURCHASES: https://secure.e-RegisterNow.com/cgi-bin/mkpayment.cgi?state=1772

See you there!

 

Path of the Paddle Project – The Trans Canada Trail by Water

“Since its founding, the TCT’s vision has been a trail stretching from coast to coast to coast. A trail for the enjoyment of hikers/walkers, cyclists, horseback riders and, more recently, canoeists and kayakers in summer, and cross country skiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers in winter.” ~ from the TCT Website

 

Named “Path of the Paddle” in honour of Canadian canoeing legend Bill Mason and our Canadian Canoeing Heritage, this water trail will now be part of the world renowned Trans Canada Trail system that connects 3 oceans. With plans for over 1000 km of passage throughout Northwestern Ontario along with 6 unique trail segments connecting Thunder Bay to the Manitoba border, the Path of the Paddle (part of the Trans Canada Water Trail system) will provide an unique Canadian wilderness experience, for every season, within the Heart of this Great Continent.

 

TCT - Path of the Paddle map preview.

 

 

Not only does Hap support the project, but he is also designing the trailhead signage as well as working on a manuscript with detailed mapping of the routes through his extensive fieldwork (along with his wife and partner, Andrea Turner-Wilson). It is expected the PTP guide book will be made available for 2014.

 

All my books had and still have a huge environmental “push” in a political climate where it has become a User-based system of management…and I use the word management very loosely. Basically…it’s a ‘use it or lose it’ mentality, hopefully where adventure tourism edges out industrial motives. Path of the Paddle is straddled in complex bureaucratic red tape that I’m wading through, hopefully making some gains in changing an outdated government system that has always bolstered a consumptive use of the wilderness.”

Hap Wilson (2013)

 

Hap also recently referred to the project on his Facebook page in a comment, “Bill was a kindred spirit and devoted environmentalist; not all paddlers are of such faith and dedication. The Trans Canada Trail water route I’m working on for a new guidebook (Path of the Paddle) honours the name and work of Bill Mason.”

 

Hap Wilson & Andrea Turner-Wilson

The Path of the Paddle (PTP) project would not be possible except for the work of a small number of dedicated people.  PTP recently applied for its incorporation as a Not-For-Profit organization having also recently obtained their Directors & Officers insurance (to help protect the directors and many volunteers who are working so hard to make the Path of the Paddle project become a reality).

“Like” PTP on Facebook to learn how to become involved or visit the TCT website for more information about this historic trail system.

To follow the progress of the TCT – Path of the Paddle project, be sure to connect with PTP and Hap Wilson – Ecotrailbuilders on Facebook or Twitter.

Of Guide Books & Other “Ings”

Upper Ottawa Valley Guide Book

Upper Ottawa Valley Guide Book

Hap has always applied himself to his environmentalism as an art; creating change and awareness in people’s minds by use of his stories, his honest attitude to his writings, his ability tocapture the spirit of the land – in both words and in illustrations – mapping the routes to make it easier for our needful souls to connect with the earth, to live more simply, and to celebrate Nature (and our place in it) by remembering our more ancient selves like Hap has…. Always his motivation being to protect Her.

Through his guide books, his stories and art, Hap has helped to paint the very canvas of what our waterways and lands have become today… where rivers and trails are still being utilized by people and their canoes – yet to be completely handed over to industry. By just getting out in a canoe and using these ancient and modern-day routes with respect, you are doing (a little bit of) your part. Because Hap knows, and so do you, that if we don’t use it, we are subject to losing it.

 

“The Rivers book came about as a response to the heavy traffic on the Dumoine after my first river guidebook came out in the late 1980’s (dedicated just to the Dumoine). To relieve the pressure off the Dumoine I mapped out the “sister” rivers (primarily the Black and the Coulonge), equally exciting rivers, in order to displace more user-traffic…and it worked nicely. It also offered the paddler more choice, and it was easier on the environment; as well, it generated an awareness for river protection in a province bent on damming all rivers for hydro-power. All my books had and still have a huge environmental “push” in a political climate where it has become a User-based system of management…and I use the word management very loosely. Basically…it’s a ‘use it or lose it’ mentality, hopefully where adventure tourism edges out industrial motives. Path of the Paddle is straddled in complex bureaucratic red tape that I’m wading through, hopefully making some gains in changing an outdated government system that has always bolstered a consumptive use of the wilderness.” ~ Hap Wilson (2013)

If you have yet to pick up a guide book by Hap, you will not quite understand the depth he takes to connect the reader to the land and the trail. An honest review, blogged at A Whole Bunch Of Ings, captures just how advantageous having a guide book by Hap can be (in this case, The Rivers Of The Upper Ottawa Valley).

“I picked up a book today which was unreal. I have rediscovered our local library over the past couple weeks, and stumbled on Rivers of the upper Ottawa valley (myths,magic and adventure.) … The title says it all basically. This is a comprehensive,detailed,cornucopia of awesomeness. Everything from maps of what Algonquin tribe lived where (and a bit about each) to legends,to safety, oh and it’s a guide book as well! … It’s the kind of book which get’s you excited about a area, and honestly has given me so much information about things I never knew existed in my own backyard.” ~ A Whole Bunch Of Ings

Read the full review here: Rivers of the Upper Ottawa Valley or contact Hap Wilson – EcoTrailbuilders. See you on the water!