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Dragonfly Dreams

Quetico 25_miniA month after warning you about the mosquito, they are here! Did you know that besides being an annoying pest at the campground, the mosquito is also a lunchtime treat for one of my favorite insects, the dragonfly!

If you embark on a canoe trip in Quetico, you are likely to meet a dragonfly! They are usually found around marshes, lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands… all of which you can find in Quetico.



The trail between…

Quetico 10_miniThere’s an engaging trail between the Trapper Cabin and the Artist’s Studio. It hugs the shore of French Lake and provides a pretty nice transition between the work of the studio and the comfort of the sleeping bag.

I love the lichen and mushroom “bling” of the forest. Every time I walked the path, something always caught my eye. From a distance a forest can appear to be pretty still, but up close it’s teaming with life!

Oh Snap!

Quetico 34_miniI took a walk through the blowdown and was in awe of the fragility of a forest. Trees seem so strong and permanent. Wind and fire can change them so quickly.

In spite of the “destruction”, I find this landscape compelling with its own beauty. I love the angles created, and find the various layers and hues of the deterioration quite beautiful. And after all, it’s all part of the lifecycle of the forest.


Quetico 33_miniSometimes Nature takes a more active hand in the life cycle of a forest. Discovering a blowdown while paddling along the shore can be quite startling. It always makes me pause and consider how the force of wind can so easily decimate something so immense.

A half hour down the lake, and you’re back to paddling along an unspoiled old growth forest. This diversity is one of the things I love about Quetico.

Return to the earth

Quetico 13_miniAlong the portage route, you will often pass the detritus of the forest… rotting stumps that have their own personality and beauty. The one on the left almost looks like a bear considering whether he should climb the tree.

On a long portage it’s easy to create a narrative from the characters you meet on the way. It helps pass the time until you get into that lake again!

Consider the trees

Quetico 01_miniHiking along a portage route gives one an opportunity to get close to the forest. Beautifully brilliant birch. Desolate disintegrating deadwood. It’s all so engaging.

After a rain, you can smell the trees and the earth… embraced by this fragrance, it’s better than any perfume.

Celebrate Summer!

Quetico 08_miniIt’s summertime! Whether you are swinging in the playground or climbing your favorite tree, enjoy the outdoors.

It’s 30 degrees celsius in this mountain town, and all I can think about are the cool clear lakes of the Canadian Shield. I guess I will have to settle for the swinging and climbing!!

Back to dry land!

Quetico 04_miniHow ironic that after two postsĀ  about the water, I am literally surrounded by its effects. After a week of experiencing rain and flooding in Southern Alberta, I am thankful to be dry and safe. It’s the same feeling you have after paddling all day on a choppy lake and finally being able to wander on dry land amongst the trees. I love the land as much as I love the water, and can’t imagine a life without either.

Get close to the trees

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Whenever I paddle through the Canadian Shield, I am drawn to the trees. Wonderfully expressive pines watching over the lake. Every time I paddle by one of these guys, I want to stop and spend some time in their presence. I can’t get enough of them. It’s no wonder that artists have been drawn to this land.