Glenn Green and Carol VandenEngel are home in Kingston after an adventurous summer….. https://www.thewhig.com/news/local-news/cross-canada-canoeists-home-for-a-rest
Carol and Glenn might be finished the second part of their three part epic journey across Canada to raise funds for local food security organization, Loving Spoonful. But they still have Canoe for Change on their minds!
On November 1st, Carol and Glenn will give a presentation in their condo building about their adventures! They are requesting that everyone bring a fresh food item to donate to Loving Spoonful!
On Thursday, November 15th at 7 pm, Carol and Glenn will be attending local Kingston’s Spearhead Brewing Company for a storytelling event hosted by Loving Spoonful. Also, Loving Spoonful will announce how much Carol and Glenn have raised so far! There is still time to donate! Click on the link below!
On Friday, December 14th, Carol and Glenn will be presenting at their daughter – in – laws place of work, Hunt Club Manor by Revera Retirement Living, in Ottawa, to give another presentation about their adventures so far across Canada.
Some statistics to date!
Carol and Glenn’s journey will be a grand total of almost 8,400 km
So far they have paddled an impressive 6,195 km!
Which leaves just around 2,205 km to go!
This is the final post I will be making, for now!
The weather is getting colder, with flurries in the near forecast and frozen lakes ahead. Carol and Glenn have decided to end this part of their adventure next week in Fort Frances, ON.
However, Carol and Glenn’s goal is to arrive in their hometown of Kingston, ON. Next spring, to complete their goal, they will embark on part 3 of this epic journey across Canada to raise funds for local organization, Loving Spoonful!
The last few weeks have been quite the adventure, as it always is! In the last post they were paddling upstream on the Winnipeg River. Now they are on gorgeous Lake of the Woods. Below is a picture of a campsite they had on Lake of the Woods.
This area is amazingly beautiful, Carol and Glenn camped on top of a small rocky island with tall White Pines. Lake of the Woods has over 14, 500 islands! They felt as if they had this part of the lake completely to themselves. They were blessed with amazing views and serenity.
Carol and Glenn are following the Voyageur Route on Lake of the Woods which is a diversion from their planned route. This route is more scenic, with more islands, less wind and all around more fun!
They are camping on islands whenever possible! The islands are tranquil plus there is less worry of crossing paths with curious and hungry animals. Whitefish Bay has crystal clear water, which the locals drink right from the lake, so they did as well. The photo below is of Whitefish Bay.
Also, in Whitefish Bay they had the opportunity to use a self propelled trolley boat lift to portage their canoe from the north end of the lake system to the south! Below are pictures of Carol and Glenn using the Turtle Portage Trolley!
A few days ago they reached Windy Point on Lake of the Woods. And it certainly lived up to its name with very gusty winds that frequently altered their direction without warning.
The waves constantly crested their canoe taking in water despite their splash deck. At one point, their gear was floating in the canoe! They have been paddling in the reeds and marshland to stay out of the winds.
They will reach their final destination around October the 1st! But stay tuned for more updates on the next adventure! You 2 are AMAZING!!!!
Keep on Paddling!
The journey to Ontario has been quite the uphill battle for Carol and Glenn as they have been paddling upstream on the Winnipeg River for the last week. Also, they have had to wait out some very powerful storms, with Kenora, Ontario as their next big destination!
Throughout Manitoba there have been several Hydro Electric Dams that Carol and Glenn must portage around! This has been a very big challenge for them as they have to make 3 trips on each portage! Although, portaging is always a welcomed change from canoeing!
As they continue up the Winnipeg River, Carol and Glenn have experienced its narrowness leading to the current hindering their progress and slowing them down considerably. However, they are still extremely delighted at all the progress they have made so far!
Carol and Glenn are very excited to finally be off Lake Winnipeg! It was an extremely challenging several weeks but they are officially done!
Now, they are happily paddling upstream on the Winnipeg River. As they go further upstream towards Ontario, it is beginning to look more like the Canadian Shield. They are seeing Jack Pines, Spruce, Oak and a whole lot of rock! It is a welcomed change of scenery from the prairies! And a positive reminder they are close to their very own province!
Before reaching Kenora, Ontario, Carol and Glenn still need to go over 7 hydroelectric dams. Each one will be a challenge in itself. But they are always up for a good challenge!
Last week Carol and Glenn were on page 9 of Express Weekly News based out of Gimli, Manitoba. Check out the link below!
When Carol and Glenn arrived in Gimli, which is on the the south basin of Lake Winnipeg, they were greeted with a very warm welcome from locals on the beach! It was a very calm day as you can see in the picture below!
A box of dehydrated food was graciously received weeks earlier by Karen the Execution Director at Evergreen Basic Needs (EBN) in Gimli, Manitoba, sent from home by friends. This will sustain them until the end of their trip.
Carol and Glenn have certainly had their fair share of challenges and obstacles on Lake Winnipeg! I (Carol’s daughter) have not heard from them in about 2 weeks! But I knew everything was OK based on their daily SPOT check-ins and Progress Reports that Glenn’s Uncle John has been creating!
First of all, Tuesday, August 14th was their 100th day on this adventure from Vancouver, British Columbia to Ottawa, Ontario! And they are still having a blast and smiling everyday! Congratulations!!
Lake Winnipeg is the 6th largest freshwater lake in Canada, exceeding Lake Ontario in size! It is a very shallow lake with unpredictable winds that create high waves. One of the biggest obstacles they have had are these waves. And they actually capsized about a week ago! They are OK but had quite the scare and quite the amount of items to dry out!
Fortunately, they did not lose any items but they did lose time from drying! The capsize happened day 5 on Lake Winnipeg. After a long day of paddling, around an extremely large point called Long Point, Carol and Glenn were unable to find a campsite. They were tired but had to keep going, the winds picked up and flipped them right over! This area of Lake Winnipeg is completely remote, no people, no cell service, no roads, no towns, no boats just the wild!
Along with capsizing Carol and Glenn have had their fair share of animal obstacles! A few days ago they came across a really nice campsite (which are hard to come by) but it was already taken by a pack of wolves! They decided to let the wolves have their own campsite and continued on! This put them at a record of 11 hours in one day in a canoe!
Also, the next day, while Glenn was doing the supper dishes on a beach,he was startled by Carol as he saw her shadow and thought she was a bear!. They both had a chuckle and Glenn continued to rinse the dishes only to see a bear approaching for real. With a spatula in hand he started yelling at the bear. The bear took notice. Only after banging their limited pots and pans together the bear left.
Maybe Carol was wearing this as she approached Glenn and scared him! (These are really 2 waterproof Skully Bags. One has all their clothes for 3 seasons. The other has sleeping gear).
The below picture is a portion of Lake Winnipeg that Glenn’s Uncle John has created to show how they are by-passing coves to save time! When the weather is good Carol and Glenn take advantage of crossing wider more open spaces of water! The largest hop was 25 kilometers with a few small rocky islands in between.
Some very helpful locals at Grand Rapids ( where they started on Lake Winnipeg ) said if there is a north east wind, find a deep cove and be prepared to spend 2 days or more there as the lake is too dangerous for anyone to be on.
As of Aug. 27th they have spent 7 days on land and 9 paddling. Carol and Glenn spend almost as much time on land waiting for winds to end as they do in the water! Thankfully there are nice beaches that they find along the way that that they totally enjoy exploring.
Keep up the amazing paddling!!!!!!
Carol and Glenn have made it to Lake Winnipeg and are travelling down the western shoreline until they arrive in Winnipeg. They expect to be on this lake anywhere from 3-6 weeks, weather depending. Before arriving at this lake they were on the beautiful Cedar Lake, Manitoba.
The picture above is of the sun setting on Cedar Lake, Manitoba. The haze was created by the burning forest fires in Alberta and British Columbia. There were many islands and bays that they had to guide through on Cedar Lake. Carol and Glenn had to pull out all of their resources to guide them through this lake which included their GPS, compass and map.
At one of their campsites on Cedar lake they were greeted by local fishermen. They gave Carol and Glenn Pickerel and an update on the current weather!
After Cedar Lake they made it to Lake Winnipeg which has been a challenge already! It is a very big lake with regular windy conditions and violent storms. They have been winded already for a few days. Fortunately, the fishermen in the above picture warned them of the winds coming and they were able to find a protected campsite which is in the picture below. They will wait for the wind to die down and continue on their adventure!
Carol and Glenn have been passing by and camping on a variety of First Nations land. Each time they have been welcomed to stay for as long as they need and have had the opportunity to learn about their culture and the importance of their land. “The waters flow free to all those that pass,” is a quote they have heard more than once.
Keep on Paddling!
Carol and Glenn are very excited to be in Manitoba already! They are almost finished paddling the Saskatchewan River and will be heading into Lake Winnipeg very shortly! Below is a picture of a map to show just how intricate and maze like the Saskatchewan River is. They had to watch very carefully where the main current of the river flowed and used a GPS to guide them through the most challenging parts. As the main waterway splits into many branches and arteries.
Carol and Glenn are very happy to be finished with the Saskatchewan River. Below is a picture of the Saskatchewan River Delta by Basia Irland, National Geographic. This section of the river has the largest fresh water delta in North America. This particular area covers 10,000 square km!
The Saskatchewan River Delta is a sensitive area that plays an important role for the Metis and Cree First Nations and other communities in the area. It is also one of the oldest and most important historic Hudson Bay Fur Trading post communities in Western Canada. Carol and Glenn were able to find a beautiful camp site in the delta.
But they had to get into their tent pretty quick as the mosquitoes have been very intense!
That night they had a special visitor, a coyote. The coyote approached their tent and barked and howled at them for 5 minutes before swimming back to the mainland. The coyote was more than likely protecting her young as they are often quite timid and quiet. Below is another picture on the Saskatchewan River Delta with a storm rolling in!
In a few days, Carol and Glenn will take on Lake Winnipeg which can be unpredictable in terms of wind, current and shallow waters so they may need to do some paddling at night! They predict they will be on this lake anywhere from 3-6 weeks!
Keep on Paddling!
Carol and Glenn have been loving their time on the South Saskatchewan River! Last week they paddled under a bridge coming into Saskatoon. This was the same bridge they crossed the train on to arrive in Vancouver almost 3 months ago!
Upon arrival in Saskatoon, Carol and Glenn decided to stay a few nights at the Gordon Howe Campground. At the campground they were able to reconnect with old friends from Kingston who now live in Saskatoon! The couple had picked up mailed supplies (50 lbs worth) for Carol and Glenn including a months worth of dehydrated food to keep them going!
Carol and Glenn managed to stuff all the new supplies into 2 barrels before heading back out on the South Saskatchewan River which has turned into the Saskatchewan River. And the only neighbours they see are the beavers swimming a long side them.
Over the last 6 days they have managed to paddle almost 400 km to Nipawin with the wind on their backs! So far they have completed 2, 658 km in total!
Keep on Paddling!
Carol and Glenn continue to be amazed and feel extremely fortunate for the wonderful people they have met so far along their adventure. They have had campsites paid for, been offered transportation to get fresh food, taken out for dinner and have had meals prepared for them!
Every opportunity Carol and Glenn get they explain to people who and what they are canoeing for! If you would like to help Glenn and Carol reach their goal of $10, 000 for Loving Spoonful, click on the link below to donate! Everything helps!
In this photo, the people in the boat invited Carol and Glenn to pull up for strawberries, banana chips, hummus, cheese and cinnamon buns. As it turns out these same individuals waited as Carol and Glenn portaged across the 17th hole on a golf course the day before! They heard about their journey and purposely went out on the water the next day in hopes of crossing paths with them.
Carol and Glenn continue to enjoy the South Saskatchewan River! They have already made it halfway across the beautiful province. Along the way they are experiencing changing terrain. Sometimes, they even have to drag their canoe over sandbars due to low water but their smiles never stop.
In the picture below Carol and Glenn passed a field of Canola. The river valley is becoming flatter so they are able to climb up banks to see views like this. In this specific area wheat, lentils and corn are also grown. Saskatchewan is very special in many ways! The north is covered by forests and lakes and the south is made up of golden fields, grasslands, rolling hills and badlands!
Keep on Paddling!