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One could spend a lifetime paddling the waters of Quetico Provincial Park, with its more than lakes and five major rivers. And with an average portage length of only yards, it's all about the paddling. He is the recipient of three National Magazine awards and is a featured speaker at many of North America's largest paddling events. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario, the birthplace of the famous Peterborough canoe and home of the Canadian Canoe Museum.
The first time I visited Quetico, I stopped at the main campground for the night while on a road trip to western Canada. The park was on my list of places to see along the way, and in my journal that evening I wrote, "Lots of trees, lots of lakes, nothing really special except for a bald eagle sighting near the park gate.
Not sure what all the hype is about this place. Five years later I returned for a weeklong canoe trip in the park's interior. It was my wife's idea. My journal entry for the last night out was a little different than the one from my initial visit: "I'm in love with this place.
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Quetico is definitely made for the canoe, or, better yet, the canoe is perfectly made for Quetico. It truly is a paddler's paradise. How could I have such a dissimilar view the second time around? I think it's because on my initial visit I was merely a tourist looking for some postcard image, a sightseer with a checklist.
Only after my canoe trip in the interior did I actually experience what Quetico had to offer. It's not as if this place doesn't have its share of snapshot-worthy natural wonders.
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There are majestic waterfalls, peaceful lakes, stands of old-growth pine, massive chunks of granite decorated with ancient pictographs, and even the odd bald eagle sighting. But Quetico is much more than that. But our most momentous catch came in a spot that Ottertail had marked for walleyes. Susan was bouncing a jig in 10 feet of water when a heavy fish struck.