Lake Superior to Manitoba by Canoe


Aided by my wife Andrea, daughter Alexa, son Chris and trusty collie Oban, we map out Ontario’s “Path of the Paddle” – the Trans Canada Trail (Great Trail) water route from Lake Superior to Manitoba – 25% of Ontario’s portion of the famous cross-country trail.



The Trans Canada Trail ( was designed to run uninterrupted more than 20,000 kilometers from the Pacific to the Arctic to the Atlantic Ocean. Hap Wilson – a modern-day explorer and mapmaker – was the man chosen to find a water route through the wilderness from Thunder Bay on Lake Superior to Manitoba’s eastern border. Organizers christened this section of the Trans Canada Trail the “Path of the Paddle” in honor of canoeing icon Bill Mason and Canada’s First Nations.

Wilson set off to carve a trial for modern users. He mapped it, measured it, marked it and in the process, survived bear confrontations, being struck by lightening, grueling days slashing open old portage routes, a knee replacement, violent storms, gale force winds, isolation, biting insects, tick infestations and bitter cold.

In this exciting account, Hap Wilson divides his 1,200 km journey into 7 parts. Diary excerpts, hand-drawn maps, GPS coordinates and photographs provide up to date information and expert guidance to this remote but beautiful region. He describes the pictographs, old encampment stone circles that he finds along the way, evidence of early travel, survival, myth, legend and mystery.

Author: Hap Wilson


  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (June 27 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770859071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770859074
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g


Additional information

Weight 0.870 g
Dimensions 12 × 8 in