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    Default Our Canadian Affair

    I was presenting at the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) annual Assembly which was being held at Trent University Peterborough Ontario. We decided to base ourselves nearby so rented a cabin just outside of Buckhorn right on the edge of the Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park. The cabin faced onto the Mississauga River so we could either paddle upstream or downstream onto Lower Buckhorn Lake. We paddled either early c 6am or in the evening when it was the coolest part of the day and when we found there were no bugs.

    This is where we stayed

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    This was the view

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    So off we went....

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    If you look to the left of Angelika's shoulder you can just make out a family of four otters who were just as interested in us as we them

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    I zoomed on them

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    We headed up towards the beaver dam

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    We could just drift and enjoy the scenery

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    Wildlife was all around us. They have seen moose on the banks opposite the cabin and there are black bear and wolves too; we saw no large mammals but during our stay a bear came to investigate the locked trash bins and had a dump on our front lawn! We had beaver swimming past the cabin as well as water snakes, leopard frogs, garter snakes, chipmunk, red squirrel and Woodchuch (marmot). We were in wildlife central. There were local Ospreys too.

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    Turtles came out and sunned themselves

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    Woodchuck explored around the cabin

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    The osprey was watching from her nest on a floodlight pole in Buckhorn

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    Hissing sid joined us on the bank

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    Nice leopard frogs

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    The Beaver was busy collecting lunch

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    Muskrat

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    Geese were on the lake as were the loons

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    Our friendly chipmunk who was Alvin, naturally!

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    Squirrels were competing for food and keeping a close eye on us from nearby vantage points

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    In the morning we could watch some great sunrises while the evening was fantastic sunsets

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    All too soon 16 days were over and we found ourselves waiting for a nightlight home from Toronto airport. We both agreed that this was the most relaxing and perfect holiday we have had.

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    My holiday read was Bill Bryson A Walk in The Woods which was quite apt as we were out exploring a fair bit. We travelled Gatwick to Toronto with Air Transat which worked well. We had a hire car whilst the cabin came with a canoe and row boat. It all worked out perfectly. We explored a lot of the First Nations culture too which was fascinating. A great pub in Lakeside called Canoe & Paddle did great beer and food. What more could travelling canoeists wish for.

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    Get Paddling!

    Blott

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    Magical. Great photos.

    nick

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    Wow.

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    Amazing
    Big Al.

    Only when the last tree has died
    and the last river been poisoned
    and the last fish been caught
    will we realise we cannot eat money.
    ~Cree Indian Proverb

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    what a lovely place to stay with all that wildlife to look at,great pictures.

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    Looks fantastic Nick, and brilliant photos. Terrific to see the different wildlife. The WCHA assembly looked good too. Thanks.

    Peter

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    Nice photos. Sounds like a nice trip.
    Matto

    Ours was the marsh country, down by the river, within, as the river wound, twenty miles of the sea.


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    Fabulous place!

    Looks like a wonderful, peaceful spot, and the wildlife was amazing.

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    Great photos and a superb location. Just needed one of your wood canvas canoes for the perfect pictures but and canoe at that location would be a gift.

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    Wow, nice base and great pics.
    atb Terry

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    Thanks Blott.

    A great set of photos in a wonderful location.

    Ah! memories.

    Doug
    When there's trouble on shore, there's peace on the wave,
    Afloat in the White Canoe.
    Alan Sullivan


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