Here Heather eloquently describes the first night and morning of our trip to the first annual Ontario Greenland Camp, in Bracebridge, ON. Enjoy! -Nena
“It’s the Canadian Shield”, Alan explained, when I asked him to tell me about the beautiful rock formations that we began seeing about 30 or so miles south of Stoneleigh Lake (just north and east of Bracebridge, ON), where Nena & I were heading for the weekend of Sept 11-12th. The Shield is exposed bedrock extending over 3 million square miles in central and northeast Canada, the Adirondack mountains, and then across the water to Greenland. This common ground brought together paddlers from Canada, the US and Greenland last weekend for the first annual Ontario Greenland Camp. James Roberts and Dympna Hayes, co-owners of LearntoKayak.ca (Toronto, ON) hosted the event with support from Kelly McDowell, owner of the shop, The Complete Paddler (Etobicoke, ON). I admit to feeling rather star-struck as we arrived at camp and I met our instructors for the weekend – a Who’s-Who list of Greenland paddling champions – Adam Hansen, Heather Lamon, Cheri Perry, and Turner Wilson!
There is much more to tell about our weekend at the Ontario Greenland Camp – tons of rolling, Greenland ropes demo & practice, Greenland Games (Nena was on the winning team!), talks by Heather Lamon about her trip earlier this summer to the Games, and by Adam Hansen, about his life growing up in Greenland. For all this, I’ll turn the blog back over to Nena for the rest of the report. I’ll just close by saying that when I arrived at camp, my singular goal for the weekend was to come away with as many new Greenland rolls as I could learn in two days.
When we left on Sunday, sure, I had some new rolls, but more importantly, I had gained a deeper appreciation and knowledge of Greenlandic kayak culture, and made many new like-minded, “skinny-stick” friends. I am looking forward to seeing them all on the water again in future!
- Heather Adams