The Route in May of 2012 I followed started by departing from Sault Ste. Marie (The Soo), MI, and kayaking, unsupported, to the sea. The route followed parts of the old Voyageur route and end near Quebec City. From The Soo I paddled east along the North Channel of Lake Huron until I reached the French River. Paddling and portaging up the French River I came eventually to North Bay, Ontario. A portage across town lead to the Mattawa River. The Mattawa River lead to the Ottawa River. The Ottawa headed east (ish) through the Canadian capital city of Ottawa, and flows into the St. Lawrence River. From here it’s a straight shot down the St. Lawrence, past Quebec City and to the sea.
I think it was my dad who said something about paddling to Quebec several years ago and seeded this idea in my mind. At least that is how I remember it. For the last 3 years I have been captivated by this idea. From the Great Lakes to the Sea.My thoughts as of pre-expedition
“I am not planning on setting a speed record. I am not planning on getting sponsorships. I am not planning on raising money for anything. This is a trip about kayaking. For myself and for those that watch my progress. It’s about adventure and experiencing the magical places that are accessible to everyone. As a kayaker there is no more powerful feeling than feeling the energy in the water. As an instructor there is no more powerful feeling than the one that comes from helping people become comfortable around the water. Kayakers all have one thing in common. It’s all about the love for the water. The St. Lawrence watershed is huge and encompasses the Great Lakes and much of Ontario and Quebec. That’s a lot of water to love.
As I travel along my route I will be as prepared as I can be. I already have piles of research and maps but will be doing more as I prepare through the winter. If you are a paddler that has some useful information about the route or would like to tag along for a few days ‘d love to hear from you. The real secondary goal of this trip is to make connections. Not just for myself but between different groups of paddlers. We are all in the same boat after all.”