Posts Tagged ‘canoe camp’

The Need to be Known in Adolescence

April 30, 2012

What is it about the experiences at Northwaters & Langskib (NWL) that inspire young people to write comments like these on program evaluations: “It’s the only place in the world where I feel myself” “I feel so at home here—like I know who I am and where I’m going” What’s happening during a 3 ½ week program that is missing… read more »

The belief that simple living, hard work and risk changes lives.

September 10, 2010

A thousand or so days after the ball began to roll, CG and Jodi have now officially become the caretakers and owners of Northwaters and Langskib Wilderness Canoe Camps. Coincidentally this landmark event fell within weeks of our esteemed leader’s birthday, and thus his 35th anniversary on the islands. Below is a speech that was given in his honor at… read more »

“The canoe trips I lead were stepping stones for the adventures that followed.”

May 7, 2010

Last year, life was getting a little too slow and too domesticated, I was missing the adventures I had leading canoe trips, the traveling into the unknown, not knowing where camp will be until evening comes. I missed the nomadic life I lived as a cowboy. So I packed some belongings and traveled to Mongolia for three weeks.read more »

The World’s Canoe Camp

March 2, 2010

It was impossible to watch the Canada vs United States Hockey game  without reflecting on one’s citizenship.  I have the good fortune to be a citizen of both Canada and the U.S. My citizenships  result from a series of lucky events, most of which occurred before I could even walk, much less contemplate the relative merits and responsibilities of citizenship… read more »

Meanwhile, back at the Mill – Winter 2010

February 3, 2010

We are having a great winter here at Northwaters and Langskib off season  headquarters. Everyone is healthy, summer camp enrollment is at record levels and a steady stream of visitors has made cheerful the dark days of November and December. New to the mill (and NWL) this winter is Jen Zahorchak.  Jen comes to us with many years of experience… read more »

New Years Day Paddle

January 12, 2010

January 1st 2010. My friend Bill Perkins wants to be the first one to paddle the Crystal River this year and this decade. So here we are at Fishers Landing with winter boots and many layers of wool and polypropylene clothing. His little ford station wagon is not quite stuck in the snowbank. We unload his old aluminum canoe and… read more »

Winter Greetings

December 12, 2009

Well, it’s finally happened.  Winter is here, and my thoughts now begin to shift from rivers and giant pine trees to cross country skiing and hot chocolate.  I live in Toronto where winter really never completely sets in.  While there are people running around in minus 40 celsius rated down jackets and there is talk of storms of the century,… read more »

Northwaters & Langskib Summer 2009

October 22, 2009

Returning to base after paddling the Harricanaw River and crossing the James Bay Hopefully, you will interpret the fact that we have managed to go the whole summer without blogging as a testament to our belief that summer is the time for many things, none of which can be done indoors. I’ll start out with something short here, so as… read more »

The Bay Trip: 34 years of Canoeing the Harricana River to the James Bay

March 23, 2009

By: Chris Wolfe I remember being thirteen, standing on the dock at Langskib as darkness fell. There in the distance we saw the lights of torches appear. The paddle butts beating the dock echoed the beating of excited hearts. The Bay Trip! The boys who got out of those canoes were giants in my eyes. I knew that somehow what… read more »