Canoe Adventure Story Events – Everyone Welcome!

Spearhead Brewing Company  – Thursday, October 17, 2019   7 pm to 10 pm

Join Loving Spoonful, along with Carol and Glenn for a pint and a snack while you enjoy listening to stories and see photo’s of their epic Canadian coast to coast canoe trip! From portaging 400 km over the rocky mountains to conquering cresting waves on Lake Superior! Spearhead will be donating a portion of beer and food sales for the evening in honour of CanoeforChange.ca campaign.

Kingston Public Library – Isabel Turner Branch – Tuesday, November 5, 2019    7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Kingston Public Library – Calvin Park Branch – Saturday, November 9, 2019      2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

In September retirees Glenn Green and Carol VandenEngel achieved their goal of canoeing across Canada and raising thousands of dollars for Kingston’s Loving Spoonful. Come hear what it’s been like!

Come hear Carol and Glenn talk about their experiences – including heavy weather, isolation, capsizing, bears and wolves – and how they provisioned themselves with fresh local food dehydrated at home then shipped ahead along their route.  Their presentation also highlights the amazing scenery as well as the warmth and generosity of the people they’ve encountered along the way.

Both sessions of this program require free registration:  Register Here

Home But Not Finished!

Carol and Glenn made it to their hometown of Kingston, ON this past Thursday! They were joined by Carol’s mom Truus and her brother Paul!

In the picture below, you can see them in the canoe! This canoe was also Carol’s childhood canoe! Her love for the outdoors started at a very young age!

Upon their arrival, they were also joined by members of the Cataraqui Canoe Club and Trailhead Kingston employees!  Who have supported Carol and Glenn through out their awesome journey! As seen in the picture below!

When Carol and Glenn landed at the Cataraqui Canoe Club, Loving Spoonful was there to welcome and cheer them on along with other members of the community!  As they finally finished their across Canada canoe adventure!  Even Kingston’s local TV station CKWS was there to interview them!

In the link below you can see the news report that went nation wide on Global News!

Global News TV

Also, in the link below you can see an article published by the Kingston Whig-Standard for the home-comers!

Kingston couple completes cross-Canada canoe trip

Even though Carol and Glenn are finished paddling, their passionate and dedicated journey of supporting and teaching others about healthy food security for all Canadians still continues!

They have a goal of $25,000 and they are almost there! You can still donate to Carol and Glenn’s cause and help them raise funds for Kingston’s LOVING SPOONFUL by clicking on this link! DONATE

Loving Spoonful is set to have a welcome home party at Kingston’s Spearhead Brewing Company on Thursday October 17th at 7 p.m.

Carol and Glenn will be sharing stories of their adventures and encourage anyone to come! To join them for tapas, craft beer and most of all a good time!

Arriving in Kingston on Thursday!

Carol and Glenn are happy to announce that on Thursday, September 19th at 2:00 pm they will be arriving at the Kingston Canoe Club!  Loving Spoonful is organizing a welcome home greeting upon their arrival and anyone is welcome to join!

They are so excited to be reaching their home town and to be completing their goal of raising awareness for the importance of equal access to healthy food security for all Canadians!

Loving Spoonful is an organization very close to Carol and Glenn’s hearts.  They strongly believe and share the same beliefs as Loving Spoonful does! Carol and Glenn understand and are passionate about the importance of eating healthy fresh foods; to be the best person both mentally and physically that you can be!

If you would like to donate to Carol and Glenn’s cause by contributing to their $25,000 goal for Loving Spoonful you still can!

Click on this link and support Loving Spoonful! DONATE

 

 

Last Wednesday, Carol and Glenn left Glenn’s Uncle John’s house on the Ottawa River with Petrie Island as the days goal!

3 years ago they started their journey at Petrie Island without knowing what this amazing adventure would have in store for them! At 5:30 pm they reached Petrie Island! Which completed their across Canada journey!

But are they stopping there? NO! They are still paddling all the way to Kingston, ON! Below are a few pictures of their time at Glenn’s Uncle John’s house!

 

 

 

Wednesday was a combination of portaging and paddling the Ottawa River. The portaging took place along the Trans Canada Trail all the way to downtown Ottawa and through Parliament! They jumped back into the Ottawa River at downtown Ottawa to have the wind at their backs briefly! For the last 2 hours they battled the winds all the way to Petrie Island!

 

 

When they arrived at Petrie Island, Glenn’s daughter Mallory and her husband Patrick, along with their two kids Esther and Rupert, were there to greet them!  Carol and Glenn spent the night at Carol’s daughter Rachel’s house! They were able to reorganize, regroup and refresh for the last week of paddling on the Rideau River.

 

 

Thursday morning marked the final leg of their journey home!  Carol and Glenn were joined by their friend Rob. Rob is a Meteorologist and has given them extremely helpful and invaluable advice over the last three years! He spent a few hours paddling with Carol and Glenn in his kayak. They went through 2 locks together and had a blast!

 

 

The picture above is of Rob helping Carol and Glenn load up their Canoe at the head of the Rideau River to start their paddling adventure together last Thursday!

 

 

After having a great day with Rob, Carol and Glenn continued on until they reached Black Rapids.  They were super lucky to have hydro and a real washroom to use!  Below is a picture of their campsite.

 

 

Carol and Glenn have been enjoying their journey down the Rideau River! Yesterday, they had to portage quite a bit because of the strong winds! In the picture below you can see how windy it is by looking at the corn stalks!

 

 

Yesterday, Carol and Glenn portaged their way through North Gower. Enjoying the peacefulness of the country side!

 

 

 

Carol and Glenn made it to Clowes Lockstation yesterday! Which is just 3 km before Merrickville!  They enjoyed sitting at Upper Nicholson Lock and had some great antique views along the way!

 

 

 

If you would like to join Carol and Glenn as they get closer to Kingston check out their website to see where they are located!  They love to have company along the way! Click on the link to see where they are! FOLLOW US

Keep on Paddling!

Thursday is so close!

 

 

 

 

The Ottawa River

 

A week ago today, Carol and Glenn reached the Ottawa River!  They are getting so much closer to their home of Kingston, ON.  And reaching their goal of $25,000 for Kingston’s Loving Spoonful!

If you would like to contribute to Carol and Glenn’s cause, click on the link! Every bit helps and every bit is greatly appreciated!  DONATE

Even though they are getting closer; it is not getting any easier! There are always challenges along the way to keep each day different from the next.  Which always keeps Carol and Glenn on the edge of their seats!

Carol and Glenn happily made their way past Deep River, Petawawa and Pembroke last week, but in quite a bit of fog! As you can see in the pictures below.

 

 

Even though there has been a lot of fog, it definitely adds a calming mystic sense to their journey! The picture below is of cliffs just before Petawawa, on the Ottawa River where Glenn and Carol stopped for lunch.

 

 

There is one part of the Ottawa River where Glenn and Carol were going to have to portage 60 km due to massive rapids! However,  instead of doing that they decided to take the much more exciting and fun way right through by rafting! They booked a rafting tour with Esprit Rafting in Quebec.  Check out their website.  https://whitewater.ca/

As they rafted on Saturday, Esprit transported Carol and Glenn’s gear and canoe for them!  Even more helpful, before the big rafting event, they were able to use one of Esprit’s hostel cabins, bathroom facilities and a camp kitchen!  This was especially appreciated as it began to downpour just before they got to the camp.

The picture below is of Carol and Glenn arriving at Morrison Island which is just after Pembroke! This is where the rafting began!

 

Carol and Glenn had an awesome time rafting!  They also got to pass through 2 channels of the Ottawa River, saving themselves from some very grueling portaging! (Picture to come)

This evening Carol and Glenn are camping at Glenn’s Uncle John’s house. He lives on the Ottawa River! Uncle John also sends Carol and Glenn progress reports each week that tell them the distance they have gone, advice for the future and what to expect! Tomorrow, they are heading to Petrie Island where the journey all began in the Spring of 2017!

Tomorrow evening they will be spending the night at Carol’s daughter Rachel’s house (me the author of the blog) for some delicious food, wine, beer and hot showers!

Keep on Paddling! You are almost done!

Getting Closer to the End!

It has been an exciting, challenging and rewarding past 10 days for Carol and Glenn! These last days have been full of difficult portages, bear sightings and absolutely stunning scenery!

While packing up to leave one of their incredibly beautiful campsites on the French River, Carol and Glenn spotted another black bear checking them out! Again, it was from a safe distance! But seeing a bear always raises hairs on the back of their necks. Check out the picture below!

 

 

The French River has been beautiful and challenging! Check out the pictures below!  The first photo is of one of many breath taking landscapes.  And the second photo captures a little insight as to how challenging the portages have been with all the rocks!

 

 

 

Carol and Glenn have to be extra careful while portaging as they do not want a sprained or broken ankle at this point in the journey! Especially, when they are so very close to being totally done this amazing quest across Canada! All in support of raising funds for Loving Spoonful.

While on the French River, Carol and Glenn were blessed with many picturesque morning views. Check out the pictures below of the mist on the water.  And the calmness they were able to experience. What a rewarding way to start the day!

 

 

 

After leaving the French River, Carol and Glenn entered Lake Nippissing.  They were only on it for two days as it brought them to North Bay. But what a challenging day it was!

Just before they made it to North Bay, the wind picked up and caused 3 footer waves and rain! Since Lake Nippissing is shallow (40 feet at its deepest), the wind creates much larger waves. What Carol and Glenn have learned is that the size and shape of a wave depends on how big the body of water is and its depth.  Shallow lakes tend to have waves that are steeper, closer together and break more easily. And are the MOST difficult to paddle in!

 

 

Above is a picture of a wonderful bay Carol and Glenn had lunch in!  They found refuge from the intensity of Lake Nippissing to recharge before getting to North Bay!

When they finally reached North Bay,  they had a 10 km portage through the city! And of course they stopped at a laundromat and parked their canoe to catch up on some much needed laundry.  They also stopped to get fresh local fruits and veggies!

 

 

While in North Bay, Carol and Glenn felt the welcoming and generous love of their fellow Canadian neighbours once again! They were invited into a couples home for dinner that they previously met on Lake superior! Otto and Jennifer were part of a kayaking group!  They remembered that Carol and Glenn were going to be passing through North Bay and kindly invited them over for a delicious dinner.  Jennifer and Otto also gave Carol and Glenn their weather radio to borrow as theirs had broke! This was an invaluable resource at the time! And they were extremely thankful and grateful! Check out the picture below.

 

 

Below are a few pictures of Carol and Glenn portaging through North Bay. They had a 10 km portage from Lake Nippissing to Trout Lake!

 

 

They only spent a short time on Trout Lake before reaching the Mattawa River!  The Mattawa River had some seriously technical portaging for Carol and Glenn to complete! The most technical so far! The Talon Chutes Portage was by far the most challenging yet,  Since they had to do 6 portages in one day!

 

 

But they still managed to cool off and go for a welcomed swim after!

 

 

Now Carol and Glenn are on the Ottawa River! Getting so much closer to their destination and feeling more motivated than ever!

Keep on Paddling!

Manitoulin: A Very Special Place

Carol and Glenn have made excellent progress over the last 8 days! They have had calm weather, clear skies and the wind at their backs (for the most part). They are very excited to have left all of the Great Lakes behind them!  And they even managed to get in the news again! Check out the link below!

Kingston paddlers stop in Little Current as part of three-year Canadian odyssey

Right after Carol and Glenn left Sault Ste. Marie, they had 5 days of perfect paddling and beautiful campsite finds!  This wonderful weather allowed them to cover 200 km on Lake Huron.  Which put them at their half way mark for their last Great Lake! Below are 2 pictures on Lake Huron, the last one being close to Manitoulin Island.

 

 

 

Even with the excellent conditions, Carol and Glenn are still getting up early! The picture below is of them at 3:30 in the morning, eager to get a head start on a day that required 100% effort and determination. Both smiling with the love and passion of their mission!

 

 

Carol and Glenn continue to feel the amazing generosity and sincere care of people they meet a long the way!

3 weeks ago, they met a man by the name of Harald, who was kayaking in Pukaskwa National park with a group of others. They enjoyed chatting and getting to know Harald!

Without knowing, 3 weeks later, Carol and Glenn received a message from him, inviting them into his home.  Harald and his partner Laurie, even found a place for Carol and Glenn to stash their canoe! After, they drove them to their home where they could shower, be wined and dined and to spend the night.

Harald and Laurie even set up the interview with Alicia, the reporter from Little Current in the above article! As they left this wonderful place, Manitoulin Island, Laurie took a picture of them paddling under the Little Current Swing Bridge. They will always remember this special little place.

 

 

After leaving Little Current,  they paddled and sailed into the gorgeous Georgian Bay.  The wind was in their favour all day and they happily put up their sail making excellent time! Below is a picture of Carol and Glenn paddling in the Georgian Bay area.

 

The first morning in Georgian Bay was very exciting for Carol!  As she was getting things ready in the morning. she heard rustling in the bushes.  A young black bear appeared! They both looked at each other (from a safe distance) and Carol slowly backed away. Carol went to find some pots and pans to bang to hopefully scare off a very close mother bear!  She could not see the mother bear but knew she was close by.  Below is another picture of the striking area of Georgian Bay.

 

After leaving Georgian Bay behind them, they are now on the French River!  They are very happy to be on the French River as it means they are getting closer to their final destination! BUT they find themselves paddling upstream once more! It is never a dull moment for Carol and Glenn but they do take the time to sit and enjoy the beauty of Canada.

 

 

Keep on Paddling!

 

 

Lake Superior a Thing of the Past

Carol and Glenn’s last day on Lake Superior was no easy feat.  They woke up at 3 am, packed everything, had a delicious breakfast with coffee and were on the water by 4:30 am!  Nervously, they left with a 7 km paddle in the pitch black from one point to the next.  However, to keep their minds off this task, Carol and Glenn had an amazing view of the Milky Way.  They also got to witness the annual Perseid meteor shower! They saw at least 20 shooting stars between the 2 of them!  After 11 hours of paddling, on Saturday, August 10th, Carol and Glenn happily and with some relief, finished their time on Lake Superior! Below is a picture of them happily watching the sunset on Lake Superior.

 

 

On Saturday afternoon, they pulled up to Doug and Catherine’s house on Lake Superior.  Doug and Catherine are friends of friends they made while paddling on the South Saskatchewan River last year!  Without even knowing Carol and Glenn, this amazing couple had gotten in touch with them and arranged for them to spend 2 nights at their home!  Even more, they had given Carol and Glenn a list of campsites to look out for on the north shore of Lake Superior which helped them significantly! Below is a picture of Carol taking in the beautiful view of Lake Superior from Doug and Catherine’s place.

 

 

While at Doug and Catherine’s place, Carol and Glenn had the chance to go shopping for supplies and also pick up a box of supplies that Carol’s brother Paul dropped off for them!  With all of these new supplies, they had to organize them to make sure they had everything ready for the last half of their canoe across Canada adventure, EVER!

 

 

After spending a glorious 2 days with this wonderful couple, Carol and Glenn had to say their good byes and start paddling again!  Carol and Glenn continue to be amazed, grateful and appreciative of how generous Canadians can be! After leaving Doug and Catherine’s they arrived in Sault Ste. Marie in good time!

 

 

Before actually entering Sault Ste. Marie, Carol and Glenn had to go through a set of locks called the, Pleasure Boat Canal Lock (as seen in the picture above and below).  It was just them and a few ducks waiting!  There is only one set of locks and it by passes a set of rapids, not that Carol and Glenn wouldn’t be up for the challenge!   But they just got off the intense waters of Lake Superior, better to keep it dry!

 

 

As of yesterday, Carol and Glenn are on Lake Huron.  They will be paddling along the northern shore and exiting into the French River.  Along the coast there are many islands which will provide their canoe protection from the wind and waves.  After their first day on Lake Huron, they found this gem of a campsite!  It was on a rock but covered in comfy moss! What a way to start this Lake!

 

This morning, Carol and Glenn enjoyed a beautiful sunrise while starting their day early on Lake Huron!

 

 

Keep on Paddling!

 

 

 

 

Almost Off of Lake Superior!

Carol and Glenn are just 70 km away from Sault Ste. Marie which is their exit point off of Lake Superior! And even more rewarding and motivating is that Sault Ste. Marie is their half way mark home to Kingston, ON.

Carol and Glenn have been wind bound for the last 2 days!  30 km/h NW wind kept them in one spot, as it was to risky to make the necessary 7 km paddle to the mainland.  The picture below is of their safe haven, a quiet bay.  In the distance,  a moose is happily eating its breakfast of water grasses, waist deep in the bay. A great view, while drinking their coffee first thing in the morning!

 

The choppy waves, windy weather and thunderstorms have taken Glenn and Carol a little off course!  The last 4 days have been spent battling bad weather.  They were even chased off the lake twice due to thunderstorms! This adds some stress to their journey as there is not always a place to find safe shelter along this rugged and exposed coastline.  So their route takes them where they can find protection!

Earlier this week, Carol and Glenn paddled through the picturesque Gargantua Islands which is a wild and ancient place in Lake Superior Provincial Park.

 

These islands have dark volcanic rock which is a stark contrast to the bedrock that lines the shore. There are many cliffs and pothole caves overhung with ancient cedars.  On their journey through the Gargantua Islands, Carol and Glenn came across two islands called Devil’s Chair and Devil’s Warehouse Island. They learned that these two islands were named after overzealous missionaries eager to abolish the Anishnabe’s most spiritual connections. The stories continue on and are being revived and retold by the people’s whose cultural heritage is rooted here, the Nanabijou. Below is a picture of Devils Warehouse Island.

 

Carol and Glenn are always learning new tricks!  They came across a fellow paddler named, Steel River Jim. He had spent quite a bit of time by himself on Lake Superior, 42 days in total.  He shared with them a very helpful tactic for rough days when the waves are crashing into the shoreline.  Since it can be very difficult to load and launch a 250 lbs canoe,  he showed Carol and Glenn how to take two beached logs (which are plentiful) and put them under the canoe close to the waters edge. Then, load up the canoe, slide it into the water and paddle like a fool!

 

The shoreline of Lake Superior Provincial Park consists of cobble beaches. From cliffs to large sized boulders, to rocks the size of melons and pea sized pebbles. And even sand if they are lucky! Each beach tends to have it all! As Carol and Glenn find campsites on the shoreline, they often have easy access to the Voyageur Coastal Trail which is a walking path.  And they often have great luck finding fresh blueberries for the next days breakfast! And getting in even more exercise!

 

Hopefully tomorrow Carol and Glenn will have good weather! They are planning on getting up at 3 am to be able to leave for 5 am.  As it is supposed to be calm until noon. This way they can make it too the mainland before the waves encroach!

Good Luck!

Keep on Paddling!

 

 

The Adventures of Lake Superior!

 

Carol and Glenn are determined to reach their goal of $25,000 for Loving Spoonful!

Not even the rough waters of Lake Superior will stop them!  Carol and Glenn have been on Lake Superior for 10 days now! They are paddling just over 200 km of wild coastline with the determination to reach their goal! If you would like to help them reach their goal click here:  Donate.

All proceeds go to Loving Spoonful, a local Kingston Organization that is very close to Carol and Glenn’s hearts. To learn more about Loving Spoonful click here:  Loving Spoonful.

 

Lake Superior has turned out to be a VERY choppy adventure! Usually, it is the winds that cause turbulent conditions on a lake.  But in the case of Lake Superior, the rough waters are a product of the currents and Seiche Waves. Seiche is a French word that means; to sway back and forth. It is a standing wave that oscillates in a lake as a result of seismic or atmospheric disturbances. Thus, creating massive fluctuations of water levels in just moments.

The Seiche Waves were a force to be reckoned with! Especially in Pukaskwa National Park. However, the incredible scenery is worth the battle. And Carol and Glenn often find protection in private lagoons to set up camp,  such as the one in the picture below!

 

Carol and Glenn have spent most days paddling along Lake Superior’s coastline without seeing anyone! About a week ago, Gregg from Pennsylvania, joined them for a bit on their trip! He is a solo paddler exploring the area on his own! Below is a picture of the 3 of them! Smiles on everyone’s face! Company is hard to find in these areas!

 

A few days ago, Carol and Glenn had their most challenging day on Lake Superior to date! They spent 8 hours paddling and fighting the Seiche Waves and currents.  Unfortunately, the did not cover very much distance or make good time on this high intense day!

Luckily, with great appreciation they were rewarded with a beautiful campsite! Including their very own personal waterfall.  Since the water from the waterfall came from inland, it was warm! They enjoyed swimming in the waters around the waterfall! They cannot do that in Lake Superior as it is too cold!

 

As Carol and Glenn make their way through Lake Superior, they find the most beautiful places to camp. Last week, they found a wonderful spot on Foster Island. Opposite to Foster Island is Pic Island, which is famous for being painted by one of the members of the Group of Seven. This was also a protected campsite as it was located in a cove.  And even though it cooled down to 11 degrees at night, the rocks stayed nice and warm, making for a very cozy and well deserved sleep.

 

The last few nights Carol and Glenn have been wind bound at Cascade Falls, see the picture below. They had wind warnings in effect from their weather radio, which they rely on heavily for information. To be on the safe side they stayed put in the same area and enjoyed the welcomed break.

 

Finally, they are back on the water and are now half way done Lake Superior!

Keep on paddling and inspiring us all!

Lake Superior

Carol and Glenn have been on Lake Superior for over a week now! And loving every minute of its beautiful scenery!

After Carol and Glenn left Thunder Bay, they slept at the base of Sleeping Giant which is Thunder Bay’s most well-known natural wonder and a Provincial Park!  The picture below is of Carol and Glenn paddling close to the massive rock formation that you can see for miles.  From the distance, it looks like a giant is sleeping with his hands folded over his chest.

To learn more about the history and legend of the Sleeping Giant check out this website:

https://www.northernontario.travel/thunder-bay/legend-of-the-sleeping-giant

Carol and Glenn have been getting up extra early! They are up before the sun rises to make sure they start paddling as soon as they can! They need to take advantage of the calm waters in the early hours.  As in the afternoon, Lake Superior can become rough and the weather can change in an instant. Check out the gorgeous pictures below of the crystal clear water and stunning rock formations.

However, not every day is this clear!  Just a few days into Carol and Glenn’s Lake Superior adventure, they found a lovely place with a lighthouse on it to stop and eat their lunch at!

As they were eating lunch the fog started to roll in.  But they had to head out anyways to keep on paddling! They headed across a large bay.  But on the way they were engulfed in a rolling fog bank with zero visibility! This was the first time on their entire trip that they had witnessed something like this!  For 10 km while crossing the bay, they had to rely solely on their GPS.  Below is a picture of the fog moving in.

Carol and Glenn always find interesting places to camp! One afternoon, they found a rustic sauna in Loon Harbour which is crown land, to camp at.  These saunas are popular along the northern coastline of Lake Superior.  Each sauna has a stove to make a fire in, which heats the rocks. Then by throwing water on the rocks it creates steam. After heating up in the sauna, one must cool down by jumping into Lake Superior, which is 13 degrees Celsius. What a great way to spend an afternoon after canoeing! Below is a picture of the sauna.

Carol and Glenn are loving Lake Superior. It has so many beautiful coves, quiet islands, gorgeous rock formations and plenty of diversity from shore to shore! Below is a few more scenic pictures taken on Lake Superior.

 

Keep on Paddling!