We are Canoeing across Canada to Make a Difference! 

We both love the outdoors, especially canoeing, and we are dedicated to improving the quality of life of our fellow Canadians!  What better way to recognize and support Loving Spoonful in Kingston, Ontario than to canoe across Canada in their honour with the purpose of raising funds for this awesome organization.  By doing what we love and having a purpose to raise money and awareness, we hope to make a difference in our beautiful country.

The Journey

Our paddle across Canada will be broken into 2 stages.  The first journey began on August 12, 2017 from Ottawa, Ontario to Sydney, Nova Scotia.  The second part will embark on May 5, 2018 from the Vancouver, British Columbia to Kingston, Ontario.  We will be following the water ways of the Fur Traders and Voyageurs.

Come Paddle with Us

We welcome people to join us during any part of our trip!  On the website, you can find updates on where we will be and where we are heading!  So come and join us on this epic journey for the love of the outdoors and to help promote an awesome cause.

Be Part of the Change

There are many ways you can make a difference and help our worthy cause!  You can join us on our paddle, donate directly to Loving Spoonful on our website or simply volunteering in your own community to help the quality of life of our fellow Canadians.


The Team

Carol VandenEngel

Growing up in a family passionate about the outdoors helped shaped the person I have become today.  As a child, I spent many days camping, canoeing, hiking and simply being outside enjoying the beauty around me.  As a mother, I passed this love on to my very own children.  As an adult, I still absolutely love the great outdoors.  Any chance I get, I go hiking, back country camping and canoeing!  Now that I am happily retired I will continue to do the things I love even more!

Today I am dedicated to reducing my environmental footprint and preserving the natural beauty around me.  I live a very healthy life style and believe that you are what you eat!  I am always looking for my next challenge and different ways to push myself. Also, I am an advocate for people with mental health issues and for those who live in poverty and I have spent a lot of my time volunteering for causes that support these issues in our society.

We live in a beautiful country discovered by very brave explorers.  A few of my favourite Canadian moments I have enjoyed on my many adventures are; meeting diverse and friendly people, snow shoeing through the woods on chilly winter days, watching the mist early morning on a quiet lake with a cup of coffee, canoeing by a pack of wolves sunning on a beach, autumn colours, swimming with the fishes, listening to undiscovered Canadian musicians, only hearing the sound my paddle, as it dips into the water, and most importantly enjoying our freedom.

 Glenn Green

I have always had a passion for the big outdoors! I enjoy doing anything from hiking, biking, canoeing, wilderness camping to having a beer on a patio and enjoying the fresh air.  I like to take life each day as it comes and to focus on the simple things that give us pleasure.

I have always considered myself to be conscious about our planet but I have really become passionate about the environment, being sustainable and taking care of Mother Nature in my adult life.  Along with these passions, I am also trying my best to teach my grandkids these very important ideas.  Our oldest granddaughter joined us for the first week of our epic paddle from Ottawa to Nova Scotia.

Another area of my life that I am dedicated to is volunteer work.  I have done volunteer work as a softball coach, cub scouts, the Cataraqui Canoe Club and Rideau Trail Association.  I will continue to volunteer where and when I can, especially in my retirement, for the causes I believe strongly in.