As we embark on the most classic of wilderness adventures—the quintessential canoe trip—we do so with a Quiet twist.
Every inch of this adventure invites you into the present moment. Waking up to a symphony of birdsong as the morning light shines through your tent. The warmth of the fire by your feet as you take your first sip of coffee. The soft swish of your paddle moving through water as you take the day’s first strokes.
Of course we can’t control the wind, the waves or the weather.
If a headwind blows waves at our bows or if the sky clouds over and rain starts to fall, we treat these moments as an obstacle course to mindfulness—we practice the presence that grounds us as the world around us whirls. In challenge, too, we find ourselves centered. We treat the portage trails as our training grounds. We enjoy the satisfaction of being present and prepared for any obstacle.
When the sun breaks back through the clouds we take an extra long breath and enjoy the warmth of its glow.
Our days on these trips will vary. Sometimes we’ll get an early start and make miles from campsite to campsite. Other times we’ll find an island and set up camp for multiple nights so we can choose how we’d like to spend our days: resting, writing and watching the clouds, or exploring our surroundings.
There will be time to be solo and time to connect—time to find your quiet together and apart.
Note: The route for this beginner Killarney canoe trip will be Bell Lake, Balsam Lake, David Lake, David Creek, and back to Bell Lake.