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July/August 2012 issue





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Hi Hap,
I kayaked from Atlantic to Pacific in 1997-2000 (my book "SOLO").

From Kenora I followed the Route des Voyageurs through all the portages ending in South Fowl Lake and then the Fowl Portage across to joining the eastward flowing Pidgeon River and then on out to Grand Marais.

I was unable to discern your route through this area and am very interested?
My website is www.crdk.ca where my book is posted and you can see my whole 9,000kms if you wish.

Submitted by C R D Kelly on Thursday, November 1, 2012


Excellent article by Hap Wilson but the criticism of the national topographic series of maps just goes too far. These maps covering the entire Canadian landmass were never designed or intended to be "canoe maps" or to replace common sense. For most of the remote rivers in Canada topographic maps are all there is and they work very well. To blame deaths directly on the use of these topographic maps is just going too far. By all means use them, adapt them to your specific needs but users need to still use their own brains and common sense.

Submitted by Brad Green - World of Maps on Sunday, August 5, 2012


Hap Wilson should be declared a national treasure. Teenagers when my buddy and I started canoeing in the late 70ís, Hapís guidebook Temagami Canoe Routes became one of our bibles. At the time we figured he was some old guy (having the name he did), so including his picture here itís great to see him in fine form, aches and all. We fellow canoeists owe him a huge debt of gratitude before Hap came all we had to go by were topos and thin pamphlets (if lucky) by the MNR. His functional books and honest writing continue to feed our summer dreams in the winter months.

Submitted by Tom Kennedy on Thursday, July 26, 2012


On/about the late 1960's many canoe routes in Northwestern Ontario were mapped by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. I have fond memories of paddling many of those long-since abandoned routes in the 1980's, but I do recall the challenge of locating portages using 20-year old maps. I'm so glad these routes will be re-mapped for others to enjoy.

Submitted by T. Weinberg on Thursday, July 26, 2012


I really enjoyed your article the Path of the Paddle. I admire Hap Wilson's outdoor skills and determination to create accurate maps and explore a part of our great country.
Great work Hap!

Submitted by Joe Cernyakovich on Monday, July 23, 2012


The importance of preserving the Nastawgan and exploration routes across our country is of great historic and cultural importance. Too many of them disappear with disregard leaving great gaps in our cultural history. Who better to research and preserve them than Hap Wilson, someone with the knowledge and perseverance to see these works through and leaving only a small footprint on the land so that others following can enjoy the same sense of discovery. Great article, Iím looking forward to a follow up.

Well done Hap!

Submitted by Canotmaitre on Friday, July 20, 2012


Hap's canoe route maps are second to none. For the regions that they cover, from Temagami, to the Missinaibi, to a number of Manitoba rivers, they have become THE trusted resource for modern day adventurers. In addition, his maps books are complimented by beautiful illustrations, insights and tips that make them much more than simply first-class canoe maps.

Great work Hap!

Submitted by Canoeguitar on Tuesday, July 10, 2012












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