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Manitoba, Ontario and Alberta

Memory Monday – Most Memorable Rapids

For most participants on the canoe trips, rapids were the best part of the trip. They were exciting and broke up the monotony of paddling for miles on end. While the original voyageurs would not likely consider rapids all that… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – “Unique” Portages

It could be said that using a helicopter to portage canoes is “cheating”. However, when you are trying to portage them over a mountain range – even the oldest of old school guys might agree that a helicopter was a… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Runaways

Not a subject that we usually mention – but hey, we all know someone who ran away from the schools. Each had their own reasons, and some went to elaborate lengths to leave the school. There were great plans and… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – A “Meanwhile in Canada” Moment

One of the incredible things about traveling through the oudoors in Canada, are those moments when you realize you are one of the few who have traveled through the area. Some of the canoe trips with St. John’s (and the… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Songs Played in the Morning

Who remembers the songs that woke you in the morning in the dorms? Some say you could tell who was on duty by the music that came through the speakers. Which staff were associated with what songs? What songs drove… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Bad Campsites

On canoe trips there is generally the expectation of a good campsite at the end of the day. However, that is not always possible. The photo on the left was taken on the 2002 Mukoman trip. There is, I’m sure,… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – A Little Tracking Anyone?

The traditional canoeing skills of tracking and lining were used on most St. John’s canoe trips. Some tracking was relatively simple, but there were trips where these skills were sorely tested. By the end of these trips this skill was… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Two-man Canoeing

Two-man canoeing was not part of the outdoor program at St. John’s until the later years. When introduced, it was used to acquire canoeing certification for staff and students. For some senior students, even after years of experience in the… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Wild Fires on Canoe Trips

Spring time in western Canada can mean wild fire season. Canoe trips often had to be re-routed to avoid these fires. There are many stories out there about Forest Rangers coming in to warn groups about the fires and to… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – “Down Time”

While it may not have seemed so at the time, there really was plenty of opportunity for some fun activities in the “down time” at the school. Most of the time these were harmless – but I am certain there… Continue Reading →

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