Carol and Glenn had a very eventful first week on British Columbia’s Fraser River! After battling the current to paddle up stream for 3 days they decided to change their plan of attack!
To avoid any more paddling up stream they decided to take a shuttle to Hope, BC where they could enjoy the paddle back down the Fraser River to where they had started to make they covered all the ground!
They found some beautiful campsites a long the way!
This was a much more relaxing way to paddle on the Fraser River!
After relaxing and spending an awesome 5 days on the VIA Rail train, Carol and Glenn finally made it to Vancouver this morning! They were very excited to put their paddles in the water and embark on their journey! Leaving the big city behind them!
Watch for more posts coming soon as they head through the beautiful province British Columbia! Keep on Paddling!
Carol and Glenn spent the last 4 nights on ‘The Canadian‘ #1 VIA train from Toronto to Vancouver! They were able to enjoy some beautiful views and were taken very good care of by all the staff! All while watching the gorgeous Canadian scenery pass them by!
The trip began at Union station in Toronto where Carol’s brother Paul and wife Denise dropped them off and helped them to unload all their gear! They were also greeted by another family member, Jesse who works at Union Station and lead them to exactly where they needed to go! First portage of the trip completed!
The 5 days on the train where very relaxing and they were able to observe some remarkable views!
There was still a little snow and ice passing by Sudbury!
Heading into the Rockies!
Carol and Glenn were very busy over the last few months getting everything ready to go for the second part of their across Canada canoe adventure!
During the weeks leading up to their departure date they were featured on local Kingston radio stations, the morning news and they also made the front page of their local newspaper, the Kingston Whig – Standard! Check out the link below to read it!
The CKWS Morning Show – Global TV News
The week leading up to Carol and Glenn’s departure date has been very busy and successful! They were on their local news station CKWS promoting their cause to raise awareness and funds for Loving Spoonful.
They hope to raise $10,000 for this awesome organization! Loving Spoonful facilitates feeding the hungry along with teaching adults, youth and children to plant, grow and cook healthy food.
If you would you like to support Glenn and Carol reach their goal donate here to Loving Spoonful!
Before Carol and Glenn’s May 1st departure date, there is a lot of work to be done! They are making sure they are nourishing their bodies to successfully complete the trip from from Vancouver to Ottawa in support of Loving Spoonful! Part of the preparation is dehydrating fresh food and vacuum sealing all that good stuff.
Of coarse, Glenn and Carol can’t take it all with them, so friends will ship it to them along their route. The delicious items include bananas, apples, carrots, sweet potato, beets, legumes, onions, cabbage, sweet peppers, cheese, eggs, beef jerky, prepared pasta sauce, and soups. Also purchased was freeze dried chicken, potatoes, herbs/spices, vegetable and protein powder and bars, vitamins etc. Staples such as rice, quinoa, snacks, and fresh food will be bought along the way.
After months of preparation Carol and Glenn will be leaving Toronto for Vancouver on May 1, 2018! While they enjoy the scenic 4 day Via Rail journey, their canoe and all the gear will be safely tucked in the baggage car waiting to start the journey. From the time they dip their paddles into the the Pacific Ocean it will be approximately 6,715 kilometers and 6 months later till they reach the final destination Kingston, Ontario.
Glenn and Carol are super excited to begin the second part of their canoe across Canada adventure to raise funds for Loving Spoonful! But for reasons beyond their control they have to delay their initial start date of April 6, 2018. Keep following our website as we share our new start date soon!
Carol and Glenn are quite popular at their Condo in Kingston, Ontario. Many of their neighbours were very curious as to how the trip from Ottawa to Sydney, Nova Scotia went. This part makes up 1/4 of their total trip across Canada. Their neighbours wanted to know exactly how they accomplished this amazing feat. On Nov. 23, they hosted an evening of sharing, stories, pictures and awareness for their cause.
There were a few special guests in attendance for this celebration. Mara Shaw, Executive Director, from Loving Spoonful and family members Denise and Paul VandenEngel. Denise and Paul also drove out to Sydney, Nova Scotia to pick up Glenn and Carol when they were finished! It was a very welcomed ride home!
As a way to spread even more awareness about Loving Spoonful they asked everyone to bring a fresh food donation and raised 108 lbs which was donated to 3 shelters in the area. Executive Director, Mara from Loving Spoonful, also spoke about the different programs the organization offers to the community in Kingston.
To wrap things up Carol’s brother Paul VandenEngel, gave an incredible speech about their trip and what they are doing to raise awareness in the community. After, Paul presented them with a unique coin from the Canadian Mint, a Design by Canadian artist Margaret Best.
It was a wonderful evening and everyone left with a little more awareness of Loving Spoonful and the importance of creating access to healthy food for the Kingston Community. Carol and Glenn are busy getting ready for part 2 starting in April 2018!