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The Urban Country Is Back… 5

Toronto Islands Cargo Biking – Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country  Well, we’re back. It wasn’t intentional, but I ended up taking a month-long break from blogging. I wish I could say that I took a month off to volunteer in a developing country and change the world, but my excuse is much ...

Algonquin 2011: The Serenity of Human Power 20

Photo of Algonquin Park by James D. Schwartz / The Urban Country Last week I returned from an epic 6-day trip in the hinterlands of Algonquin Park on my 8th annual canoe/portage expedition. (Read last year’s article on the history of the 7,652 sq. kilometre Algonquin Park.) Each time I visit the quiet, serene, picturesque ...

Experiencing Algonquin Park 5

All Photos by James D. Schwartz / The Urban Country Each year my friends and I set forth on a 6-day epic journey in the interior of the beautiful 7,653 sq km Algonquin Provincial Park. Using only human power to reach the interior, we are much obliged to enjoy the serenity of the nature in ...

Middle-Aged Men Powering Through Midlife Crisis

  Last Wednesday I returned from a 6-day canoe/portage trip in the interior of the 7,653 square kilometre Algonquin Park. Like most years, my trip to Algonquin Park contrasts that of other summer travel destinations. Last year I camped at Algonquin Park shortly after taking a vacation in California. Living with only the bare necessities ...

Urban Motor Home 4

The Urban Motor Home challenges the conventional SUV to a duel Life in the city is easy without an automobile; it’s healthy and refreshing to commute to work by foot, and I can travel most places I need to on a daily basis fuelled on peanut butter and jelly. There are however special occasions when ...

California Dreaming 1

I’ve just returned from 6 amazing days deep in the wilderness on our annual Algonquin canoe and camping trip. We are truly blessed in North America to have these parks that have been conserved; for the developers would love to transform the entire park into luxury cottages if they were ever propositioned to do so. ...

Algonquin 2006 2

This year marks my 3rd year of the Annual 5-day Algonquin canoeing and portaging trip. This year’s trip was more like a vacation than previous trips, since we did less canoeing and portaging. We typically switch campsites every 1-2 days, but this year we only slept on 2 different lakes and 3 different campsites on ...

Algonquin 2005 3

This year’s annual Algonquin canoe/portage/camp trip was an amazing 5 days of hard work and relaxation. I just returned last evening. It was the perfect opportunity for me to get out of the fast paced city life and enjoy nothingness. It took us about 6 hours of canoeing and portaging to get to our first ...

Algonquin Park canoe/portage trip

I just returned home to Toronto from my very first canoeing/portaging trip. It was quite an experience. There were 8 of us on the 4 day trip to Algonquin Park in Ontario (Near Huntsville), and fortunately, all 8 of us made it home in one piece. My buddy Tim and I totaled 4.76KMs of portaging, ...