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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 ...

Urban Car-Free Camping 17

Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country Growing up in Canada, camping in the outdoors has always been a significant part of my life. Camping can bring us closer to nature and allow us to appreciate the simple conveniences of modern life. Before now, I had always relied on a car to go camping. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Rougin’ It 3

This weekend was quite a change from my normal life. I went kayaking/camping near Kingston, Ontario. There was a mix-up on Friday night and I wasn’t able to get to the campsite until the morning, so I ended up arriving in Kingston around 12:30AM, went to a bar for 15 minutes, drank two beers and ...

Wilderness Camping with Internet Access

I wonder what the world is going to be like in 5-10 years. With the exponential rate of technological expansion, how will our lives change? In the news today, the United States FCC announced that they hope to allow air travelers to surf the web by 2006. (Link) Being in a technology career, I can ...

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, ...