Portage practice (circa 1994)

Taking a break from the “personalities” series; this week we remember the spring time ritual of canoe training.

Each spring, after the Easter holiday was over, students would return to school knowing that the canoe training would begin. There would be portage practice – carrying the canoes over the trails around the school through mud and bugs to prepare for the trips ahead of them in June.  Also, practice carrying food boxes was the more individual pursuit. Whichever was involved – many did not look forward to this time of year.

We want to hear your stories – send us your memories of spring time canoe training.  (Click on the title and scroll to the bottom to submit your story – click on the photo to see a larger version)