Issuu on Google+

HOT

SUMMER ESCAPES • The Charms and Challenges of Charlevoix • Biking and Bocking in Simcoe County • Dawdling on the Rideau River

Touring Hawaii’s Big Island on bike

Wild Water Access A Tale of Two Provinces

[GEAR] Test: Trail-running hydration packs Everything for Camping

Brendan Brazier Three Sports. One Diet. No Meat.

Adventura _ Summer 2011 _ www.adventuramag.ca _ 1 Summer 2011 _ Vol. 3, No. 2 _ www.adventuramag.ca

Free


CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE.

Best Midsize Utility Vehicle 2011 OUtBack

L’auto 2011 “2011 Best Crossover vehicle” 2011 OUTBACK

Up for anything, anywhere and at any time? The 2011 Subaru Outback is ready when you are. Along the way, superior all-road/all-weather capability comes together with a surprising level of handling prowess, unexpected in a vehicle with so much utility. The 2011 Subaru Outback: Get out more in total confidence.

2011 2.5i Convenience

Cash purchase starting from

PZEV version available on Legacy, Outback and Forester

Choose PZEV technology, the affordable eco-friendly alternative without the compromise.

subaru-pzev.ca

$30,635*

Freight and preparation included, taxes extra Financing and leasing available

Model shown: 2011 Outback 3.6R

JAPAnESE AnD A whOLE LOT MORE!

Quebec Subaru Dealers’ Association | www.quebec.subarudealer.ca * Cash purchase starting from $30,635 for the 2011 Outback Convenience 2.5i (BD1CP), with manual transmission. On buying, freight and preparation ($1,525), taxes on air conditioning ($100) and on new tires ($15) are included. Dealer may sell for less. Vehicles shown for illustration purposes only. ‡ ALG 2011 Canadian Residual Value Awards for the Outback in the Midsize Utility Vehicle category. Vehicles shown for illustration purposes only.

SUBMO-5361-Adventura_Final.indd 1

11-05-06 14:54


Contents // Summer 2011 :: Vol. 3 :: No. 2

12

14

16

18

22

28

[04] edItOr’S nOte [06] FIeLd rePOrt Stéphane Le Beau : Life in the Fast Lane • Three Sports. One Diet. No Meat. • Cycling’s Odyssey • Agenda

[10] dAYtrIPPer Simcoe County • Ottawa • Saint-Bernardde-Lacolle

[12] WeeKend GetAWAY The Charms and Challenges of Charlevoix

[14] LIvInG LArGe Niagara-on-the-Lake • Dorset • Lac Saint-Jean

[16] WILd WAter AcceSS A Tale of Two Provinces

[18] GLOBetrOtter Hawaii : Island tour Touring Hawaii’s Big Island on bike is akin to delving into a dream where only the presence of volcanoes brings you back to reality.

[22] GeAr 22 / test: Trail-running hydration packs 26 / everything for camping

[28] MInd & BOdY 10 Weeks to 10 KM Want to work your way up to 10K before the end of the summer? Here’s how to get there.

[30] LASt cALL Auyuittuq National Park of Canada

AdventurA _ Summer 2011 _ www.adventuramag.ca _ 3


EDITOR’S NOTE

Your Jennifer Heil

Two-time Olympic medallist Single and Dual World Champion / Freestyle skiing – moguls

Bucket List “I’d like you to give me some photo advices,” said my friend. “You are on my list of people who can help me start my photography career.” I gave her an evening-long overview of a lot of things to think about. Just before I left her house, she showed me her plan of action, which she’d written down in a notebook. There was the list I was on, plus several other lists of things to learn, things to buy, people to meet, potential clients and so on. Sitting in my office the next day, I thought about my own personal list. What was on it? Almost nothing. It has been a while since I took the time to sit down and refresh it. The to-do list for the magazines I run is endless, but what about my personal-goals list? In the maelstrom of life, I’ve somehow let it melt away like the polar ice cap. Having a road map or a GPS is a sure way to get to your final destination rapidly and without too many hurdles. The same thing can apply to our lives. Setting the coordinates of where we want to go is a sure way to help us get to that precise point. It is one of the best ways to stay motivated, healthy, happy and alive. This made me think of a Steve Jobs speech I saw on YouTube. The CEO of Apple said that, after his remission from pancreatic cancer, he now looks in the mirror each morning and asks himself if what he’ll do that day will make him happy. If the answer is ‘No’ a couple of days in a row, he knows it’s time to change something. It’s time to revisit the list. What about you? How long is your list? Are you happy? Is it time to change something? Are you pushing yourself, thinking of new ways to get out and enjoy this life? Is it time to refresh your list, change your path or get a tattoo? When is your next adventure? To where? With whom?

Since you are already taking the time to read this magazine, it would also be a good time to think about your own list right now. So let’s do it. Grab a pen (I’ll wait for you). Ready? Write down on this page five things that you’d like to achieve this summer. It can be anything from crossing Mongolia on horseback to sending that first 5.11 at your local crag, or running your first 10K.

YOur advENTurE lisT: 1. ____________________________________ 2. ____________________________________ 3. ____________________________________ 4. ____________________________________ 5. ____________________________________ Does this feel good? You just took the important first step toward actually doing these things for real. You might not do all of them this year, it’s OK. At least you’ll know what you’ll be doing next year. This will be a rough road map. It doesn’t mean you can’t take detours. As long as you don’t forget why you wrote this down, you’ll be fine. Personally, I’ll be sure to add more things each time I check one off my list. Oh, and I’ll put it on my fridge, just to be sure I don’t forget it again! Chris Levesque, Editor Follow me on Twitter: @chrislevesque

Summer 2011 :: Vol. 3 :: No. 2

FOR THOSE WHO LOVE THE GREAT OUTDOORS! Sun protection SPF 30 Prevents from dry and chapped lips Deeply moisturizes Join Jenn in sharing her passion for outdoor sports: facebook.com/climatik twitter.com/outdoorwithjenn

Publisher:

Stéphane Corbeil (stephane.corbeil@adventuramag.ca)

editor:

Christian Lévesque (christian.levesque@adventuramag.ca)

Contributors: Bryen Dunn, Patrice Halley, Ilona Kauremszky, Mathieu Lamarre, Shelah McNally, Vanessa Muri, Travis Persaud, Todd Plummer, Frédérique Sauvée, Jimmy Sévigny, Stephania Varalli, Kathleen Wilker.

distribution: Elyzabeth Bouchard, Production Coordinator elyzabeth.bouchard@adventuramag.ca / 514-277-3477, ext. 30

mailing address: Groupe Espaces Inc 911 Jean Talon St. E., Suite 205 Montreal (Quebec) H2R 1V5

Proofreader: Christopher Korchin

CirCulation: 60,000 copies distributed to outdoor enthusiasts everywhere.

translator: Mathieu Lamarre and Christine Laroche

ADVENTURA is published four times a year by Groupe Espaces Inc.

Cover Photo: Male bicyclist on Bolinas Ridge, Mt. Tamalpais, Marin County, California. (© Ben Davidson / Aurora Photos)

artiCle submissions: ADVENTURA welcomes editorial and photo submissions, which must be sent by e-mail only. Contact the Editor to discuss. ADVENTURA is not responsible for articles, photographs or any other material sent to its attention. If you do not keep a copy of ADVENTURA magazine for your personal archives, please give it to a friend or recycle it.The opinions expressed are those of the authors and are not necessarily shared by Groupe Espaces Inc. Some of the activities reported on in ADVENTURA could entail injury risks for anyone engaging in them. ADVENTURA and its reporters, contributors, photographers and other staff members do not recommend the practice of these activities by anyone who does not have the required skills and technique. ADVENTURA is not responsible for the information contained in advertisements. Any reproduction of material published in ADVENTURA is prohibited without the expressed consent of Groupe Espaces Inc.

design: Sève Création, seve.ca Website: www.adventuramag.ca editorial dePartment: 514-277-3477 / info@adventuramag.ca advertising: Marie-Annick Lambert, Sales Consultant ma.lambert@adventuramag.ca / 514-277-3477, ext. 28 Jean-François Vadeboncoeur, Sales Consultant jf.vadeboncoeur@adventuramag.ca / 514-277-3477, ext. 27

MAR


Jennifer Heil

Two-time Olympic medallist Single and Dual World Champion / Freestyle skiing – moguls Discover Jennifer Heil’s blog on marcelle.com

MAR climatik ADVENTURA_4.indd 1

11-03-16 14:32


Life in the Fast Lane Q&A with cyclist Stéphane Le Beau

By Travis Persaud

As brand manager for Opus Bike’s Road and Urbanista lines, Stéphane Le Beau lives and breathes bicycles. At 52 years old he still competes in world-class events, often racing against competitors half his age. How does Le Beau fare? His latest outing at the 2010 World Masters Track Cycling Championships in Portugal yielded three gold medals. Here is how he trains, his motivations, and a lot more.

When did you start biking? I started three times in my life. At four, when I borrowed my sister’s bike in Arvida, Quebec; at 21, when I decided to bike across Canada with my girlfriend; and in 2003, at 44 years old and after 17 years off my bike, when I started to race again in the Masters category. Why do you love the sport? I love the feeling of freedom! I can get on my bike and go where I want. I can go slow and enjoy the ride or go fast and beat the traffic. When I was a young boy I used my bike to explore and discover Montreal. Now when I travel across the world I use it to discover, at my pace, a new country. No permits or registrations to carry, no gas to pay, no pressure – just the wind in my ears and the sound of my tires rolling on the pavement. How do you train for competitions? Every year I try to set a special goal to reach. Currently, I would like to set a new hour world

record for my age group (46 km/h), defend my three world track cycling titles, and break the pursuit record (2m17sec for 2,000 m). My 12 kilometre-ride to work is perfect to do some high-intensity interval training. I also use some races to prepare for other major events. I often race with younger athletes, aged between 17 and 30, to increase the intensity of my training. And I manage to get some good results. How does it feel to beat people half your age? I guess it makes me feel young. I don’t feel my age when I race, except when a 25-yearold racer calls me Mister! I like to share my knowledge with the younger riders, and when I show up at a track event and people half my age are competing, I often share with them my better wheels, handlebars and helmets, to help them reach the standards to qualify for other events. Does your job with Opus give you any advantage? Yes, I get the chance to ride the bike I want. I also get the chance to look at the most recent equipment available and ride and test it early. Our company encourages all the employees to ride to work. We have indoor parking and showers, making commuting easy.

WILDERNESS TRIPS AND TRAINING Magpie River Adventure - 8 & 13 days

© Pascale Gervais

FR

Field Report

Do you have any tips to help our readers train more effectively? Make sure you have a good position on your bike. Ride to work: The time you lose in your car will be transferred to effective training time. And respect all the lights and stop signs: They are the best way to practise your power

training to become a good sprinter. During the winter season, go to a spinning class at least twice a week. If you like urban riding, purchase a second bike to do all your errands with; the time spent on a bike will keep you in shape.

A Winner’s soundtrAck

Rafting, kayaking, and gourmet camping on Canada’s best whitewater trip

Wilderness First Aid Courses Courses in Ontario and Quebec with Wilderness Medical Associates

Whitewater Expedition Leader - 12 days Get first aid, rescue, and canoeing certifications on a Dumoine River expedition

Stéphane Le Beau never rides with an iPod on the road, but when he spins indoors or cycles on a bike path, he likes to prepare different playlists. Here’s what gets him moving: • FRENCH: Dumas, the Fixer Le Temps album. • ENgLISH: The Clash, The Rolling Stones and lately, Bruno Mars. • CLASSICAL: Vivaldi. “As most of his compositions remind me of track racing.” • DANCE/TECHNO: Basshunter. “It is one of the best to spin to!”

preview the trips and courses

www.borealriver.com call (866) 242-9383

6 _ AdventurA _ Summer 2011 _

www.adventuramag.ca


agenda June June 5

// Mud Run Brampton, Ontario With mud pits, tunnel crawls and other obstacles, the annual Mud Run promises to be much more than your ordinary trail run. All levels are welcome, with distances of 10K, 5K and 1.5K. mudrun.ca

June 25 to 26

// Summer Solstice Albion Hills, Ontario Soak up some sun and savour everything summer has to offer at this weekend festival of bands, biking and outdoor sporting activities. chicoracing.com

June 24 to 26

// Lac St-Jean Kite Surf Roberval, Quebec Zip up to Roberval and enjoy the surf and sun at this third annual festival. Unwind after kitesurfing across the lake with live music, buffets and on-site spa services. zoneturbulence.com

June 25

// Kilt Run Perth, Ontario Registration includes a kilt to be worn during the race, so celebrate your Scottish roots and sign up! Live bands on the course and post-race refreshments make this a fun race for all ages. perthkiltrun.ca

Outdoor activities in Ontario By Todd Plummer and Quebec to keep you busy this summer.

June 25 to 26

July 8 to 10

// 1000 Islands Paddlefest Gananoque, Ontario

// Girls’ Getaway Manitoulin Island, Ontario

Paddling enthusiasts and anyone willing to learn come together for this fun-filled weekend in Gananoque. On Saturday, join in on one of the three two-hour clinics, and on Sunday challenge the pros in an 18-kilometre open-water race. 1000ikc.com

Ladies, leave your men at home. Go north and let your hair down for this rejuvenating weekend of yoga, massages, meditation and girls-only campfires. gordonspark.com

JULY July 2

// Biathlon-Duathlon Portneuf-sur-Mer, Quebec Put your cross-training to the test and sign up for this combination running and biking race through the beautiful wilderness of coastal Quebec. portneuf-sur-mer.ca

July 4 to 7

// Big Sound Challenge Parry Sound, Ontario Parry Sound has some of the best freshwater sailing around, so kick off your summer of sailing with two days of intensive skill-building followed by two days of racing. sailparrysound.on.ca

July 5 to August 30 // GUATS XC Series Blue Mountain, Ontario

Make mountain-bike racing a part of your routine with this weekly cruise around Blue Mountain. Pick your trail, too, with distances of 15K, 10K, 5K and 2K. xcseriesatblue.com

July 8 to 10

// Para-Cycling World Cup Baie-Comeau, Quebec Para-cyclists from around the world travel to the CôteNord in order to compete in this historic, prestigious race. Athletes from nearly 30 countries will take part. coupedumondebaiecomeau.com

July 9 to 10

// Tour de la Gaspésie Gaspésie National Park, Quebec Peddle your way through the stunning Chic-Choc Mountains in this two-day competition. The 139-km trail is designed for advanced bikers – or anybody brave enough to see if they can go the distance. fqsc.net

July 15 to 17

// Sunset Volleyball Festival Sauble Beach, Ontario Check out the beach bods or show off your own at this celebration of sun, sand and sport. There will be an Official OVA Tournament, a recreational co-ed 6’s and a competitive 4’s tournament. saublebeach.com

Adventura _ Summer 2011 _ www.adventuramag.ca _ 7

July 23

// Saucony Rockstar Bark Lake, Ontario There aren’t many team races that combine biking, canoeing, trekking and a points system. This race is as much about strategy and teamwork as it is about speed and endurance. Choose from a four-hour or eight-hour adventure, at your own risk! racetherockstar.com

July 23 to 31

// Traversée internationale du Lac St-Jean Roberval, Quebec Multiple swimming competitions, outdoor shows, pyromusical fireworks, a parade and children’s activities will keep everybody occupied all week long. Recharge after swimming across the lake with a 10,000-person banquet on the streets of Roberval. traversee.qc.ca

July 24 to August 1 // River Race Minden, Ontario

Come and watch the Canadian National Whitewater Kayak and Canoe Championships on Gull River. Contestants paddle their way through fierce whitewater rapids as you soak up some sun from the shore. whitewaterontario.ca


1-3Vert_Pub-GT-ANG_Layout 1 11-05-12 09:40 Page 1

Three SporTS. one DieT. no MeaT. Q & A with Brendan Brazier

For the first time in Ontario. Enjoy a unique cycling experience: Rideau Heritage Route and Thousand Islands region… in full vacation mode!

By Vanessa Muri

Professional Ironman triathlete and two-time Canadian 50K Ultra Marathon Champion Brendan Brazier credits his peak athletic performance to a purely vegan diet. Not even being hit by a car in 2003 could stop this motivated cyclist. He wrote The Thrive Diet, a bestselling book on vegan nutrition and energyboosting foods, and followed that several years later with Thrive Fitness: Mental and Physical Strength for Life. Partnering with a sports nutrition company in 2004 he launched VEGA, a commercial replica of the plant-based drink formula he uses to improve post-training recovery time. We asked Brendan to share his path to veganism, how it relates to performance, and his top training tips. How often do you train and what does it entail? Since I’m on the road so much now and I’m doing seminars and also promoting my new book that just came out called Whole Foods to Thrive, I can’t train as much as I’d like. But I still go running and biking as often as I can. Bit of a less traditional training schedule, I guess, when I’m travelling so much.

Why did you decide to become a vegan? Simply put, it was the only diet that I tried that helped me excel as an athlete. I recovered faster after my races on a vegan diet. It gave me that edge. It also makes you feel pretty good at the end of it all. Is it harder to be an athlete and a vegan? Not for me. As I said, plant-based proteins and a whole-foods, alkaline-forming diet will actually give you that edge to reduce not only stress on your body, but also build endurance and help you recover faster. How do you balance nutrition with performance? Vegan or not, before a workout you want to consume easily digestible foods as well as foods that make carbohydrates readily available for your body to use. For the first few hours after a workout, abstaining from animal products can facilitate a quicker recovery. Ease of digestibility, high pH (more alkaline), raw protein source and nutrient density are all major advantages that plant-based food sources have over animal-based ones. Brendan’s TIps for opTImal TraInIng • To reduce inflammation and start the regeneration process of your muscles, consume a nutrient-packed smoothie after each workout. On the VEGA website (myvega.com), Brendan offers a seven-day meal plan that includes smoothie recipes.

Photo: Didier Bertrand

• Looking to increase energy and speed recovery? Try maca, a root vegetable that curtails the effects of stress by aiding the regeneration of the adrenal glands. It also helps lower cortisol levels, which will improve sleep quality. • Be sure to opt for plant-based, alkaline-forming protein over other sources for better absorption to promote healing, reduce nutritional stress and increase energy.

From August 6 to 12

$770 $850

Register b y

June 18

until June 18

Cycling’s Odyssey

and save

The “Under the Stars” package comprises 6 nights of camping, 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners. Included in the price is the $3.50 contribution per $1,000 of services purchased to the Compensation Fund for Customers of Travel Agents and taxes.

C

1970

With the invention of the back chain, the device once again changes. The addition of rims, pneumatic tires and brakes increases comfort, safety and performance. At last, the bicycle becomes a plausible mode of transportation.

after June 18

NEW Tent rentals

By Frédérique Sauvée The cycling industry reports record sales in North America. CCM (Canada Cycle and Motor Company) hops onboard the 10-speed bike craze, launching the Targa, which will become tremendously successful.

1880 1903

$350 per tent (taxes included)

Includes pitching, dismantling and delivery of your luggage inside your tent.

in partnership with

1820

The history of the bicycle begins in Europe, and its first incarnation doesn’t have pedals. Rather, it is propelled by pushing one’s feet. It was first known as the Draisienne, and then Velocipede.

On July 1, the first Tour de France in history starts. The total distance of the course is 2,500 kilometres in six stages. Of the 60 cyclists who embark on the journey, only 20 make it to the finish line. Winner Maurice Garin is awarded 6,075 francs (about $1,278). Today, the cheque is made out for €450,000 ($620,000).

1968

1870

Discover our

70 destinations: visit our Web site or ask for our brochure.

www.explorebybike.com 514-521-8356 • 1-800-567-8356, ext. 506

When cranks and pedals are added to the contraption, it starts to gain popularity. In England, an especially staggering model appears: the High Wheel Bicycle. It has an enormous front wheel, tiny back wheel and a high-perched seat… In other words, it requires incredible balance to keep it upright! In Quebec, the first bicycle arrives in 1860, but cycling doesn’t become popular until the 20th century.

Quebec Permit Holder

8 _ AdventurA _ Summer 2011 _

1937

The use of the derailleur is made official by the Tour de France, even though it was presented at the Salon du Vélocipède in Paris in 1869 without garnering much attention. Proving its usefulness at all the big cycling competitions, the derailleur becomes commonplace.

1967

Vélo Québec is founded by Gabriel Lupien, under the name Fédération cyclotouriste provinciale. The name changes to Vélo Québec in 1979, but the decision isn’t unanimous: At the time, use of the word “vélo” wasn’t widespread.

www.adventuramag.ca

The IOC (International Olympic Committee) makes drug testing an official requirement after Danish cyclist Knud Enemark Jensen dies from an amphetamine overdose during a race against the clock at the Games in Rome in 1960. Doping in cycling has a long history: Starting around 1892, several alcohol-based potions were geared toward cyclists, like “Élixir de la Vitesse” and “Vélo Guignolet.”

1996

Mountain biking makes its debut at the Olympic Games in Atlanta with the crosscountry discipline.

1975

The mountain bike is invented in California. It marks the beginning of the sport and many technological innovations are made: indexed speed changers, suspension and the use of new materials like titanium and carbon fibre.

2007

The Route Verte, which crosses the province of Quebec with 4,500 kilometres of bike paths, is inaugurated. It runs from the Outaouais to Gaspésie, passing alongside the shores of the St. Lawrence and the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region.


FAIRMONT KENAUK

WAKEFIELD MILL INN & SPA

AT LE CHÂTEAU MONTEBELLO

Family Package, from $339**

Located in the heart of the Gatineau Park, the Wakefield Mill Inn & Spa offers 40 guest rooms, warm friendly service, two restaurants, a cozy lounge bar and a full service spa. The fine dining room offers delectable cuisine and a solarium overlooking the falls while the Heron Room offers a more casual dining experience. Whatever you do for recreation, it’s always invigorating to get outdoors and Wakefield is the perfect place to get in touch with nature. The area offers an abundance of trails for hiking and biking as well as swimming, horseback riding, paddling, golfing and even bungee jumping!

reservations 1-800-567-6845 // www.fairmont.com/kenauk

www.wakefieldmill.com 1-888-567-1838

GET AWAY TO THE GREAT OUTDOORS Imagine getting away to a secluded cabin on your own private lake surrounded by 100 square miles of pristine wilderness. What better place to relax, enjoy your favourite outdoor activities and immerse yourself in natural surroundings? Fishing Package, from $189*

per person, per night (minimum 2 nights’ stay) per family (2 adults and 2 children), per night

* Based on quadruple occupancy. Taxes not included. Valid from April 22 to September 10, 2011. ** Taxes not included. Valid from July 8 to September 4, 2011.

PONTIAC IN OUTAOUAIS Only an hour from Ottawa-Gatineau is an answer to the contemporary explorer’s dream getaway. A land so rich in contrasts, relaxation and discoveries just begs to be explored. So let your inner explorer or adventurer guide you to this vast nature destination in Quebec’s south-west where you’ll be charmed by the region’s natural beauty and excited by its adventure opportunities. Biking, hiking, horseback riding, rafting, canoeing, aerial adventures, breathtaking views on lush landscapes including the great Ottawa River, and so much more, are waiting to be discovered at your leisure. 1-800-665-5217 www.pontiactourism.com

DISCOVER OTHER OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN THE OUTAOUAIS REGION ! // 1-800-595-2103

FAI

AT L

GET Ima lake Wha acti

Fish

per p

Fam

per f

rese

* Ba Va ** Ta


DAYTRIPPER TORONTO

With the weight of winter finally melting away, it’s time to breathe in the full effect of spring. Here are four activities you can start when the sun rises and finish before it sets.

Biking And Bocking in Simcoe county By Bryen Dunn

Just one hour north of Toronto, in beautiful Simcoe County, is a paradise for hikers and bikers. From the looped lakeside paths of Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay to the more mountainous terrain around Horseshoe Valley, there’s a variety of scenic secondary roadways and forested mountain biking trails for most anyone. There are literally hundreds of kilometres of marked trails, many linking to one another and providing hours of car-free and money-free riding. Websites such as Canada Trails and the Ontario Cycling Association provide a multitude of suggested itineraries, maps and riding tips. As well, the popular Bruce Trail and Trans Canada Trail also run through the area, offering a plethora of leisurely rides.

The North Simcoe Rail Trail is a year-round playground that now stretches some 30 kilometres, many of which are over a hard-packed surface, making it ideal for families and those with disabilities. Interpretive signs of historical and environmental interest have been erected, and trailhead signs have been placed at main access points. Beyond the casual rides, the county hosts various annual competitions and races, such as the Ontario Marathon/Half-Marathon Mountain Bike Championships. Born to Ride Bicycle has established itself as the premiere destination for adventure enthusiasts looking to explore this region. They offer guided biking tours along with a wide range of rentals and accessories. For those wishing to join a group ride, there are dozens of guided waterfront tours

suited for the novice tourist, as well as the more challenging multi-terrain mountain biking routes for experienced riders. Each tour is given a grading, short description and time duration to complete.

Level: Level: Trails for novice to experienced

The shop is also becoming known for being the first in Canada to offer Powerbocking training and rentals, which they introduced to their patrons last summer. Powerbocking, or commonly shortened to Bocking, is a low-impact activity that offers a great cardio workout by use of flexible stilts secured over shoes, much like snowboard clips. The activity has quickly gained popularity with both teens and adults, who begin solo training, and then many graduate to more competitive moves – as can be witnessed on various YouTube videos.

Season: Open year-round for seasonalappropriate activities

Access: Various points including Collingwood, Barrie, Orillia, Wasaga Beach Summer Activities: Rock climbing, caving, swimming, hiking, canoeing, kayaking

Cost: Most trails are free, with some requiring a trail pass Gear: Bicycle and appropriate clothing and accessories Getting there: Highway 400 North from Toronto, just past Barrie Info: 1-800-487-6642 • discover.simcoe.ca

188 other m

SaINT-BERNaRd-dE-LacOLLE The Paysan trail is a bike path that draws a very straight line between Sainte-Clotilde-de-Châteauguay and Lacolle. In fact, it is so straight that it feels like a ruler and knife were used to slice the surrounding fields. The dedicated bike path – i.e. no cars allowed – starts in Saint-Bernard-deLacolle, where it follows an old train track for 26 kilometres, to finally arrive in Sainte-Clotilde. Craving mileage? A back-and-forth ride is perfect. Though the trail is made of rock dust (save for a few paved kilometres), the ride is comfortable. Seekers of peace and quiet will fall for the bucolic charm of this trail. It is far, far away from civilization and signage, but don’t worry about getting lost: Just go straight! The trail is flat and calm: It doesn’t cross a single village, and the only rest area is in Lacolle. In

CyCling

Why cycle in circleS? By FréDérique Sauvée

other words, you’re not likely to run into anyone, save for some animals grazing in the neighbouring fields. A stop can be made at the parking lot just north of Hemmingford. In fact, the MRC des Jardins-de-Napierville is actually working on a concept that would extend the bike path by two kilometres to reach Beauharnois-Salaberry. In the opposite direction, it could be extended by connecting it to the Vallée-des-Forts (Route Verte No. 2), which heads off in the direction of New York State.

10 _ AdventurA _ Summer 2011 _

www.adventuramag.ca

Distance: A straight 26 km Access: From Montreal, take 15 South and take exit 21 toward Napierville. At the Shell service station, take 217 South, then left on Montée Dupuis to Lacolle. Once you’re in town, turn right at the fork and continue one kilometre. The trail starts at the intersection of De la Beurrerie Street, where you’ll see a metal arch on your right. Information: 450-245-7289 • cld-jardinsdenapierville.com


OTTAWA

Canoeing/KayaKing

dAwdling on the river By Mathieu LaMarre

Even diehard paddlers sometimes just want to relax on the river. Luckily, there’s a perfect place to do just that, less than an hour from Ottawa. Just haul up your canoe or touring kayak and drive south on the 416 toward Merrickville and let “lady lock” do the rest. The Rideau is not a wild river where rodeo freaks feed feverishly on Class 3 rapids. It’s a calm-flowing path that meanders through rural pastures and cottage country, where care is merely needed to maintain the serene coexistence of boaters big and small. The waterway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that stretches more than 200 kilometres from downtown Ottawa right down to Lake Ontario, with enough space to accommodate motorboaters, anglers and paddlers. The sections around Merrickville are ideal – these are close to the city and the scenery can’t be beat. The upstream section winds through

12 kilometres of peaceful marshlands from Kilmarnock Lockstation toward Merrickville, and is a sure bet for pleasure-seeking paddlers. Don’t miss the side trip up Irish Creek for the water lily scent-o-rama! Different sights can be seen on a paddle downstream. The route passes through four consecutive locks, which you can either portage around or – for a funkier ride – pay a small fee to experience the locks themselves. Past Burritts Rapids, the canal unwinds for an uninterrupted stretch right up until it reaches Rideau River Provincial Park. In the park, you can stop for a swim at the beach or you can press on, diverging south up Kemptville Creek for a perfect day’s end at one of the small town’s pubs or restaurants. Level: Easy to moderate. Caution is required in larger vessels’ wake. Parks Canada has planned to install paddlerreserved floating docks this summer for easier access

at lockstations. There are picnic tables, washrooms and campsites at most stations Season: From late May to mid-October Getting there: From Ottawa, take Route 416 South to Kemptville, then Route 43 West to Merrickville Cost: On-site parking: $4/day; no boat launch fee if using the new access docks; lockage fee: $0.90/foot (boat length) Gear: BYO + mandatory safety equipment (PFDs, heaving line, bailer, whistle and flashlight) or rental (kayaks at Jenda Paddlesports in Osgoode, canoes at Rideau River Provincial Park) Other activities: Cycling the back roads along the Rideau; swimming More info: rideau-info.com, pc.gc.ca

her models in store

BELOEIL - BROSSARD - LAVAL - OTTAWA - QUEBEC

ROuTE blEuE du GRAnd MOnTRéAl Newly minted in May, the Route bleue du Grand Montréal is a network of water trails for canoe and kayak aficionados. It extends along the shores of the Island of Montreal and those of the South Shore, from Sainte-Catherine to Boucherville and the Îles de Boucherville archipelago, Île-Bizard, Nuns’ Island and the Île Sainte-Thérèse archipelago. In total, there are 150 kilometres worth of water trails, divided into 15 routes that explore the St. Lawrence River, Lake Saint-Louis, the Lachine Canal, Rivière des Prairies and the small basin of La Prairie. The routes appeal to a wide variety of interests, whether you’re looking to explore nature, history, or simply enjoy recreational possibilities in the Greater Montreal area. Classic

Canoeing/KayaKing

Choose Your PAth Frédérique Sauvée

routes include the exploration of the Îles de Boucherville, the Lachine Canal and Lake of Two Mountains. Been there, done that? Try heading out on a water trail that will take you toward Sainte-Thérèse Island, north of Montreal, Dowker Island or to Vieux Lachine. There are six canoe or kayak rental facilities at your disposal at select launch sites. An essential tool to make the most of your outing is the Guide de la Route bleue du Grand Montréal, available (in French only) online. With detailed information about water conditions, fauna, flora and tourist attractions in each of the areas, it definitely deserves a spot in your canoe or on your smartphone (download it at canot-kayak.qc.ca).

Cost: Access is free for most launch sites, except those located in national parks (parking fees apply) and marinas. Check the guide for details. Difficulty: Easy to advanced, depending on the course chosen. Distance: A total of 150 km, divided into 15 itineraries of about 10 km each. Access: Find details for each water trail in the Route bleue du Grand Montréal guide (see the website). Information: 514-934-0884 • routebleue.com

AdventurA _ Summer 2011 _ www.adventuramag.ca _ 11


WEEKEND GETAWAY

The Charms and Challenges of Charlevoix Inviting you

to take it

easy!

Between the St. Lawrence River and the Laurentians, just two hours north of Quebec City, lies a playground offering both rugged and sophisticated adventures. Renowned for its gourmet cuisine as well as for its dramatic landscapes, this region has been a popular holiday spot for over 200 years... and counting. By Shelagh McNally Charlevoix’s magnifiCent geography

is the result of a celestial accident. Some 350 million years ago a meteorite hit the area, creating a 56-kilometre-wide crater. Today, over 90 percent of the region’s population lives inside it. At one side rests the village of La Malbaie, and on the opposite lies the village of Baie-Saint-Paul, where most cyclists start their journey.

www.upper-laurentians.com

Lac Tapani

STE-ANNE-DU-LAC

RÉSERVOIR BASKATONG

Lac Gravel MONT-ST-MICHEL Chute Windigo

Lac Windigo

Lac Marie-Louise LAC-ST-PAUL FERME-NEUVE Montagne du Diable

309

Réservoir Kiamika

CHUTE-ST-PHILIPPE

ère

MONT-LAURIER

ka

117

Rivi

VERS VAL-D'OR

R i v i è r e du L i è v

(783 m)

Lac Rochon

311

re

Lac Saint-Paul

Kia mi

MONT-LAURIER SECTEUR DES RUISSEAUX

Lac des Écorces

LAC-DES-ÉCORCES

RIVIÈRE-ROUGE SECTEUR STE-VÉRONIQUE

LAC-SAGUAY Lac des Îles

309

Lac Tibériade L'ASCENSION

117

MONT-LAURIER SECTEUR LAC-DES-ÎLES

Ponts couverts KIAMIKA 309

PARC LINÉAIRE Le P’tit Train du Nord

321

Lac Nominingue

RIVIÈRE-ROUGE SECTEUR LA MACAZA

321 311

NOMININGUE

Lac du Camp LAC-DU-CERF

NOTRE-DAME DE-PONTMAIN

Petit Lac Nominingue

RIVIÈRE-ROUGE SECTEUR L'ANNONCIATION MARCHAND VERS MONTRÉAL

Lac du Cerf NOTRE-DAME-DU-LAUS VERS GATINEAU

2h North of Montreal 1h North of Ottawa 1 888 560-9988

Baie-Saint-Paul – The Home Base The century-old Baie-Saint-Paul is considered the cultural and gourmet centre of Charlevoix. For decades the region’s inspiring views have seduced artists (it was a favourite subject of the Group of Seven), and many of the town’s wooden houses have been converted into galleries and studios. Wander through the tangled streets to the principal art centre, Centre d’exposition de Baie-Saint-Paul, a modern art museum and one of six institutions on Charlevoix’s Art and Heritage Trail. With so many exquisite restaurants, it’s tempting to park the bicycle and simply eat. Enjoy freshly made ice cream and sorbets at L’Armoire à Glaces, indulge in baked goods at Boulangerie Bouchard, try award-winning regional cheeses at La Maison d’Affinage Maurice Dufour or try the beer sampling tray at Le Saint-Pub Micro-Brewery. If you’re serious about your foodie adventures, use Baie-SaintPaul as your base for a ride on the Flavour Trail. Thanks to an unusual microclimate, Charlevoix has especially fertile soil and offers some of the best produce in Quebec. To celebrate the area’s bounty, local chefs and food producers teamed up to create a route that includes 22 inns, hotels and restaurants as well as 14 specialty gourmet food manufacturers. And when you’re ready to work off your guilt? Head nearby to Le Genévrier

Centre Régional de Vélo de Montagne. The 15 kilometres of well-marked and wellkept mountain trails offer routes suitable for all levels, from beginner to expert. This has become a popular spot for local and national cycling competitions, so you may even see some of the pros zooming by. St-Joseph-de-la-Rive – The Day Trip If you want to travel further afield, the picturesque 37-kilometre circuit from Baie-St-Paul to St-Joseph-de-la-Rive is a popular day trip. Starting off along Route 362 at sea level, you’ll gradually ascend to Cap-aux-Corbeaux, the highest point along the coast. From there it’s all downhill into St-Joseph-de-la-Rive. The return journey heads up another hill, the aptly named Côte de Misère (Misery Hill), before returning to Baie-St-Paul. Along the simple route you’ll find plenty of rewarding views, as well as opportunities for detours. Take advantage of the free ferry at St-Joseph to visit the romantic island of Isle-auxCoudres. With few hills, the 26-kilometre Chemin des Coudriers bike path is popular with both novice and experienced riders. Crossing fields filled with wildflowers, it connects three charming villages, StBernard, La Baleine and St-Louis, and takes you past outstanding museums, including the Moulins de l’Isle-aux-Coudres (Flour Milling Economuseum) and the Schooner Museum. Stop for refreshments at Cidres et Verger Pedneault, a third-generation cider maker that also produces sparkling ciders and several blends of apple mistelle, similar to an icewine. Saint-Urbain to Saint-Aimé-des-Lacs – The Mountain Climb With its ear-popping hills, the Route des Montagnes is as challenging as its name suggests. At Saint-Urbain you’ll find the beginning of La Traversée de Charlevoix,

considered one of the most demanding mountain biking trails in the East. For over 100 kilometres it winds through the Laurentian Mountains. Taking between three to four days to complete, it’s not for beginners or the weak-hearted. Further north is the glorious HautesGorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie National Park, a core zone in the Charlevoix UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The park is named after the series of valleys that slice through the mountains – the highest rock faces east of the Rockies – offering views that are simply staggering. Imagine a landscape of stark palisades towering over green hills and the winding Rivière Malbaie. Two intermediate mountain biking trails, both eight kilometres each, start at local visitor centres: from the Félix-Antoine-Savard Discovery and Visitors Centre, there is a paved road with little traffic and a few hills, and at the Le Draveur Visitors Centre, there is a gravel trail that follows the river. La Malbaie – The River Route Even if you aren’t ready to tackle the mountains, there’s adrenaline to be found following along the mighty St. Lawrence River. Route 362 is a roller coaster of a road, reaching summit after summit and plunging down into hidden bays. The 58-kilometre Route du Fleuve links Baie-Saint-Paul and La Malbaie, crossing through quaint villages nestled against the foot of the mountains, or tucked away in peaceful coves. The heart of the meteorite that created the region can be found at Mont des Éboulements. Close by is the village of Les Éboulements, an agricultural town renowned for its foie gras, organic cheeses, fresh produce and chocolate. Stop off at either La Ferme Éboulemontaise or Les Jardins du Centre to pick up lunch and then head off on one of the small side roads for


Adventura2-3pg_1pgMarcheRando 5/5/11 3:37 PM Page 1

a picnic. Leave enough time to tour Le Domaine Forget, a former estate turned musicians’ retreat, now offering a series of summer concerts. If you plan to stay overnight, be sure to eat at Les Saveurs Oubliées. With its phenomenal lamb dishes and unique flavourings, it’s a restaurant not to be missed. When you reach the village of La Malbaie, the grand dame of Charlevoix, you’ll feel how it still resonates with the elegance of La Belle Époque. As early as 1760, Scottish noblemen were hosting parties here at their manors. In the 1880s the White Ships of the Canada Steamship Lines brought passengers up from the Great Lakes to their guest homes. In the 1920s and ’30s, rich Americans built summer mansions overlooking the river. President Taft spent so much time at his summer home that Pointe-au-Pic was nicknamed “White House North.” Many of these elegant residences have been converted into restaurants, auberges and boutique hotels.

Pristine nature

in Québec's national parks

The Manoir Richelieu remains the signature accommodation in Malbaie. Rebuilt in the style of a Normandy chateau after a fire in 1928, this 350-room hotel rests alongside the Casino de Charlevoix. Dine at the restaurant at the nearby La Pinsonnière Hotel and you’ll be enjoying one of the largest wine cellars in North America, not to mention exceptional tartares and local products. You can always work off all that fabulous food with a cycle along the Chemin des Falaises (Road of the Cliffs) that snakes up and out of town, overlooking the seaway for intoxicating views. It’s no wonder visitors have been flocking to Charlevoix for over 200 years. They still haven’t run out of things to see!

Charlevoix

PLAN AHEAD Reservations are recommended for some of the more popular restaurants and hotels. When to go: The Charlevoix region is open year-round with different activities geared toward each season. In spring, summer and fall, park trails are open for hiking and cycling, or get on the water with kayaking, whale watching or fishing. Winter activities include cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, dogsledding and ice fishing. Where to eat and drink: Try the sparkling cider at Cidre et Vergers Pedneault (vergerpedneault.com), or specialty beers at Restaurant Le Saint-Pub (saint-pub.com). La Maison d’Affinage Maurice Dufour (fromagefin.com) offers award-winning cheeses, and you’ll find award-winning lamb dishes at Les Saveurs Oubliées (agneausaveurscharlevoix.com). For superb tartares and other local dishes, not to mention an impressive wine cellar, head to the Pinsonnière Hotel (lapinsonniere.com). Where to sleep: • Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie offers several campsites along the Rivière Malbaie. Le Pin-Blanc has 20 individual sites, 2 km downstream from Le Draveur Visitors. With 87 sites, the largest campground is Le Cran located beside the Félix-AntoineSavard Discovery. Inland there is L’Équerre, a wilderness campground with 25 wooded riverside site accessible only by bicycle, foot or canoe. The campsites fill up quickly so reservations are recommended. (sepaq.com) • In Baie-St-Paul, Le Camping du Gouffre rents well-equipped trailers, cabins and camp sites along the serene “Rivière du Gouffre at reasonable rates. (campingdugouffre.com) Camping des Érables in La Malbaie has 30 serene campsites overlooking the St.Laurence. (cottage.campingdeserables.com) • Gîte La Maison Blanche (charlevoix.qc.ca/ maisonblanche, 418-438-2883) for $58–$78 per night. • Splurge for a night at the luxurious Fairmont Manoir Richelieu (fairmont.com, 800-257-7544) for about $169–$180 per night. For more info: For general information on the region, including routes, check out tourisme-charlevoix.com.

Parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville

Photos: Dominic Boudreault, Mathieu Dupuis

Do you love water excursions in the great outdoors? Discover Québec's loveliest areas of protected wilderness–at your own pace. With hundreds of lakes and rivers to explore throughout the province, Québec's network of national parks offers you a wide range of unique panoramas to enjoy. And why not top up your enjoyment by camping amidst this wondrous scenery?

Camping From

* 25 24. /night

Kayak/canoe From

A memorable experience awaits you!

$

$

25.24

*

/3 hours

* Taxes and park entry fee not included

1 8 0 0 6 6 5 -6 5 2 7

w w w. p a rc s q u e b e c . c o m


© Daniel Laflor

© Christian Wheatley

Spring brings fresh air and fresh ideas. After a cold (albeit active!) winter, set aside some time to reconnect with Mother Nature as she blossoms into summer – and choose to spend some quality time on your own or with a special someone. Here are three quick and easy destinations complete with custom game plans to restore your peace of mind and recharge your batteries.

TORONTO Niagara-on-the-Lake By Todd Plummer Usually considered just a ritzy resort town, Niagaraon-the-Lake is actually a great place to get your adrenaline pumping and experience the outdoors. Don’t be mistaken, this is still a luxurious hideaway for city dwellers, but look beyond the usual vineyard tours and tourist traps and you’ll find an exhilarating way to explore wine country like never before.

R&R The Harbour House Hotel (rooms from $299 • 866-2776677 • harbourhousehotel.ca) is more than a comfortable place to kick back and relax on 300-thread-count sheets. They have a commitment to being environmentally responsible, so all housekeeping is done with eco-friendly cleaning chemicals, their restaurant composts all scraps, and there is a purified-water cooler for guest use so you don’t need to purchase bottled water. This doesn’t mean they skip out on pampering their guests, however – daily breakfast and afternoon wine and cheese tastings are included in your nightly rate. For a more historic stay, choose The Olde Angel Inn (rooms from $139 • 905 4683411 • angel-inn.com). Established in 1789, this was a favourite of many colonial figures such as the explorer Alexander Mackenzie. And with only five guestrooms, you’re sure to get all the hospitality you need.

Eat Take advantage of being in Niagara-on-the-Lake by enjoying a great meal at one of the many winery restaurants. The Old Winery Restaurant (mains from

14 _ AdventurA _ Summer 2011 _

www.adventuramag.ca

$14 • theoldwineryrestaurant.com) is a local favourite. Try the mouthwatering pumpkin-seed-crusted sea scallops (a house specialty) and finish off with a glass of locally made icewine. If you are just looking for a small bite to eat and a café to sit in and pass the afternoon away, look no further than The Pie Plate (thepieplate.com). Pies are made fresh daily with locally grown fruits (try the rhubarb), and a selection of pizzas and sandwiches is available for a light lunch.

Play BIkIng: In 1948, Winston Churchill rode the niagara River Recreation Trail (niagaraparks.com) and called it the “the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world.” See it for yourself: Start in town and ride the 53 kilometres down to Fort Erie. Want to stay a little closer to your hotel? The best way to experience Niagara-on-the-Lake is by bike with Zoom Tours (tours from $69 • zoomleisure.com). Sign up for a biking tour of some area wineries and get a taste of what the region has to offer while taking in the panoramic sights of the local vineyards. The best part? All rental bikes have handlebar baskets big enough to hold a bottle of your favourite vintage. HIkIng: Strap on your hiking boots and head up to the Woodend Conservation Area (npca.ca/conservationareas/woodend), a 45-hectare reserve with an abundance of hiking trails for all levels. Can’t get enough of wine country? Check out the Stonechurch Vineyard Trail (stonechurch.com). With informative signs along the way, you’re bound to learn a thing or two about grape growing and winemaking.


Play SiGhTSeeinG: Drive to the Dorset Lookout Tower in Algonquin Highlands (algonquinhighlands.ca) and climb up to the top of this massive lookout 142 metres above the Lake of Bays. As one of the few surviving fire towers in the region, it offers sweeping panoramic views of the area. Go after sunset for breathtaking stargazing. KayaKinG/canoeinG: Located between the lakes regions of Muskoka and Haliburton, Dorset is a prime

TORONTO Dorset By Todd Plummer Because it’s nestled between the well-known vacation regions of Muskoka and Haliburton Highlands, it’s pretty easy to drive right by the pristine lakeside town of Dorset and miss it altogether. About two hours north of Toronto, Dorset springs to life in the warmer summer months, making a quaint oasis for city dwellers to unwind in. Dorset lies on a quiet corner of the Lake of Bays, with an abundance of watersports available. At only a 30-minute drive from Algonquin Provincial Park, Dorset has enough hiking and biking trails to keep you busy all summer long.

R&R The Moose B&B (rooms from $125 • 705-766-0900 • themoosebandb.com) occupies a historic home that will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Old-world charm and modern comforts make it a cozy hideaway. The waterfront property has easy access for swimming and boating, and since it is located just off Main Street, everything Dorset has to

offer is at your fingertips. Host Melody Johnson leaves no detail overlooked – her scrumptious cooking keeps guests coming back for more. And with luxury linens and toiletries in all rooms and local art decorating the entire house, you can get a taste of Dorset and still enjoy the comforts of home.

Eat Put a bit of the South in your mouth at The Fiery Grill (mains from $12 • 705-766-2344 • fierygrill.com) on Dorset’s picturesque waterfront. Come for lunch, dinner or just relax over a cocktail on their dockside patio. Specializing in Cajun and Creole cuisine with a Canadian spin, they’re sure to have something to satisfy your appetite after a long day of exploring Dorset. Fresh ingredients and local fish really set their food apart. The gumbo is a specialty, as is their maple-smoked barbecue. For lunch, stop by the awardwinning Robinson’s General Store (705-766-2415 • robinsonsgeneralstore.ca), pick up some fixings and enjoy a picnic outdoors. Locally sourced foodstuffs ensure everything is super fresh, and a wide variety of produce, meats and baked goods will make quite the spread for an outdoor lunch on the go.

place from which to embark on paddle trips. Some of the purest waters are in this area, so check out the ontario Trails council website (ontariotrails.on.ca) for a comprehensive list of routes. hiKinG: Pick up a map at the Dorset heritage Museum (dorsetheritagemuseum.ca) and go on a stroll around the town’s historical sites. To get a bit more of a workout, consult the Haliburton Trails and Tours network (trailsandtours.com) to find more challenging routes where you can stretch your legs and get your heart rate up.

Madawaska Kanu Centre It’s a

RAPID EDUCATION!

Since 1972, the MADAWASKA KANU CENTRE (MKC) has offered outstanding kayak and canoe instruction. » weekend or five-day courses » courses for beginner to expert paddlers

1-888-652-5268

AdventurA _ Summer 2011 _ www.adventuramag.ca _ 15

.CA


Wild Water access:

Š Steve Cole

AT TAle of Two Provinces

RecReational access to RiveRs and lakes has always been a cause foR conceRn, whateveR the Region oR pRovince. but aRe things getting betteR? we compaRed the situations in Quebec and ontaRio, with mixed feelings and Results. By Mathieu Lamarre

16 _ AdventurA _ Summer 2011 _

www.adventuramag.ca


In

Quebec and Ontario, many paddlers feel they’re getting squeezed out of their playground. And a lot of them tend to point fingers at a common, two-headed enemy. In Ontario, the Provincial Whitewater Canoe and Kayak Association (Whitewater Ontario – WO) just established an advocacy committee to assess the seemingly increasing problem – especially in the context of imminent hydro investments in the province, in stride with the government’s 2009 Green Energy Act. “The committee is involved with two types of access issues to date: tensions with private landowners over put-in and take-out access points, and damming projects,” says Laura Duncan, co-chair of the initiative.

Damned by the dams In May, her group’s efforts were focused on the Petawawa River, where a small, 5.8-MW project is bound to almost completely wipe out its recreational potential. “Our involvement starts by surveying our membership to ensure the true representation of their concerns; we then offer financial assistance with campaign material and meet with the project’s promoters.” That means putting as much information as possible on the Web and encouraging people to voice their questions and positions to the people in charge (via mail and email and by attending public meetings and hearings). It also means stating WO’s recognition of the social importance and environmental value of hydroelectricity for Ontarians (who rely more intensively on nuclear and fossil-fuel power generation). Unfortunately, it often seems that government and energy producers do not help themselves in the way they proceed with their development endeavours. According to the Ontario Rivers Alliance (a recently formed coalition of environmentalists, recreational users and tourism operators), the sparse sharing of information on the impacts of ever-sprouting dam projects is a recurring pattern. And the new Environmental Assessment program, enacted the same year as the Green Energy Act, has yet to demonstrate its worth and is already deemed by observers to be in tune with the fast-tracking mindset. In Quebec, Pierre Trudel (the managing officer of the Fédération Québécoise de Canot et Kayak (FQCK) echoes the perspective of his Ontario counterpart, with some added insight: “A good number of municipalities are reassessing, if not rediscovering, the development potential of their rivers. Some by putting emphasis on public access, but others by wanting to put up small dams and selling the power output to Hydro-Québec for income rather than power demand. Many feel that we have done more than our fair share of damming since the 1960s and that we’d be better off saving electricity rather than overproducing it,” he observes. “The small hydro plants’ input represents only a trifle in the province’s bigger picture, never mind the hydrological and environmental impacts.”

between industry needs (primary-sector but also tourism) and conservancy. Unfortunately, after having been wrung through the bureaucracy washing cycle and the different lobbying bleaches, that vision has mutated into a series of policies which are now disconnected from the reality on the ground. Local citizens (notably in the Wawa-Dubreuilville district, north of Sault Ste. Marie) have now been cordoned off out of their own backcountry. What used to be 100- or 200-metre buffer zones around lakes are now three-to-four-kilometre restricted areas with only walk-in access (but the fly-in customers of fishing and hunting outfitters are allowed to get in). Even decades-old logging roads leading to the said areas are being closed to traffic, for no apparent reason other than seemingly dubious liability issues.

“We fear that the wild spaces of northern Ontario will soon be enjoyed solely by the wealthy clients flying into the territory, leaving behind the local individuals, families and the road-based businesses.” - Tym Barker No wonder northerners get the feeling that they’re being marginalized – if not entirely forgotten – by perceived southern rubber-stampers. In response to this, the community-based Ontario Outdoors Recreational Alliance (OntORA) was brought up in 2008 to voice the citizens’ frustrations: “We fear that if we idle on this thing, the wild spaces of northern Ontario will soon be enjoyed solely by the wealthy [and] foreign clients flying into the territory, leaving behind the local individuals, families and the road-based businesses which are directly affected by the stay-clear attitude of the MNR,” says Tym Barker, the executive president at OntORA. Some outfitters argue that they need this selective access to protect the

remoteness of the land and ensure the quality of their product. In their view, the local economy profits from their business. But one has to examine if this is true in the case of fly-in and not locally based operations. True to their equal-opportunity advocacy, OntORA rebuts that local outdoor enthusiasts can bring in even more money to the economy if they can have shared access to the countryside. Afer all, Crown land is of public (and not exclusive) ownership. Exchanges between the MNR and OntORA representatives early in the year seem to have made inroads. Minister Linda Jeffrey even admits she wasn’t aware of all the details, saying she would reassess the situation with an “everything on the table” approach. OntORA is encouraged but keeps a cautious, wait-and-see attitude.

Building bridges through activism Maybe the larger entities could learn a few tricks from how a modest creature like WO proceeds in their approach and dealings with private landowners. A prime example can be found on the Crowe River east of Peterborough, where residents close to a popular recreational spot were contacted by WO to negotiate access rights. The conciliatory appeal clinched not only a favourable response, but even permitted the seasonal installation of an access ramp over the protection fence. In another case on the Upper Black River in Queensborough, the landowner has even found a way to profit from such an arrangement by selling pies and cakes to visiting paddlers in order to finance her church group! In any case, this is not the end of this multi-faceted conundrum. As Pierre Trudel sums it up: “Wild water access is not solely about getting in and out. You might need portage trails to go past falls or from one lake to another. If you’re planning to be out for more than a day, you need a place to pitch your tent or somewhere to get off and search for accommodation. Even before that, polluted water or an unattractive, decimated landscape will surely keep you out in the first place. These are all matters of concern.”

For more • whitewaterontario.ca • canot-kayak.qc.ca • ontora.ca

One could argue that the extra power would become a worthy commodity for customers south of the border, but there again, officials in the U.S. are themselves debating the clean-energy status of hydroelectricity, favouring solar or wind power and even dismantling old dams of their own. In private-property access issues, shoreline privatization has been steadily on the rise for decades. It means recreational boaters have no choice but to ask permission wherever they pass (or risk trespassing). “Consequently, the FQCK has racked up more than a thousand access agreements with landowners over the years,” says Pierre Trudel. More than half of those are along the popular, tourism-fed Sentier Maritime du Saint-Laurent (the St. Lawrence water trails network). Inland, though, that number is dwindling, with impoverished farmers selling their land (or large lots being subdivided and sold) oblivious of previous agreements – proof that the past seldom vouches for the future.

Resources for all or a few? Another manifestation of this reality is occurring in northern Ontario, where a growing public outcry is spawning from recent policies. The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) has granted restricted Crown land access to private, remote-tourism outfitters (mostly for hunting and fishing activities), denying private citizens’ right to enjoy the great outdoors in the same territory – a scenario that is surely reminiscent of the private-club era in this country. In its efforts to find new avenues of economic development for a region notably plagued by unemployment and the decay of resource-based industries, government planners may have had good intentions, back in 1999, with their “Lands for Life” management vision of the millions of Crown land hectares in the province and the wish to find the right balance Adventura _ Summer 2011 _ www.adventuramag.ca _ 17


Hawaii

Island tour Touring Hawaii’s Big Island on bike is akin to delving into a dream where only the presence of volcanoes brings you back to reality . Text and photos by Christian Lévesque 18 _ Adventura _ Summer 2011 _

www.adventuramag.ca

© christianlevesque.com

Hawaï


It was bound to happen: Not long after stopping

on the side of the road to photograph our fleet of cyclists, I’ve lost the pack. By the time I’ve put away my camera, they’re disappearing over the horizon. Hopping back onto my carbon frame, I know that it will take me quite some time to catch up, but it doesn’t really matter: The scenery is so picturesque that pedalling hard in Hawaii is an absolute pleasure.

guats.com

This being the home of the Ironman (the event was born on Honolulu Island before it was transferred to the Big Island in 1981), the roads are long and lovely. You can cruise at high speeds for tens of kilometres without really noticing how much ground you’re covering. And when the group forms a pack, the rhythm picks up, rotations synch and this island experience couldn’t be more different from the Tour de l’Île that Montrealers are familiar with. Each leg of this 750-kilometre journey is unique. The breeze smells deliciously of the sea, which is most appreciated when it blows from behind. When the wind comes at you head on, the effort of pedalling is markedly more difficult! The itinerary has been carefully thought out and it shows: The pacing of the most challenging sections is perfect. The climbs can be gruelling and make the evening’s rest well deserved, but they remain accessible to cyclists of all levels. During the 11-day trip, we will have climbed some 8,000 metres – totally worth the effort when you consider the breathtaking descents, where you lean on your handlebars and soak in the beauty of the island. Cycling really is a spectacular way to explore this remarkable corner of the world. The starting point is near Kona, and you head north. Don’t expect to be eased into the effort: The first days of the two-week-long trip are 50and 65-kilometre days, during which you already get a taste of some hilly terrain – as well as grandiose scenery! From the get-go, the group naturally divides according to level, but everyone meets up to share meals. The ambience is fun and relaxed, maybe because of the weather, but definitely because of the great attitudes of fellow cyclists and the members of the support team.

GUATS® Bamboo Organic Blend: 70% Viscose from Organic Bamboo / 30% Organic Cotton 100% Comfort breathable

The route then leads us to the east side of the island to Hilo, its largest city (population: 47,000), which is also dubbed the wettest city in the United States: It rains 275 days per year! The main attraction in this area is a visit to the observatory atop Mount Mauna Loa (4,170 metres). Because of the pure air and light at the summit of the volcano, immense white telescopes are installed there. If you’ve never seen Saturn and its rings – not to mention countless other planets and constellations! – a trip to the observatory (which is ideally reached by car) is well worth the time.

moisture management

temperature management

odour management

uv resistant

You’ll then cruise down (quite speedily, as you rush toward the coast) to the region of Puna, an area that feels cut off from the rest of the world. The road after Pahoa (through the Nanawale Forest Reserve and on Pohoiki Road) is covered by immense trees – a grandiose sight that made for one of the best rides of my cycling life. Pedalling along in the majestic surroundings is a reminder of just how lucky you are to be living this trip of a lifetime.

anti-static

EXCITEMENT EMOTIONS GREAT OUTDOOR FUN ADVENTURES

Have a little hippie blood running through your veins? Don’t skip breakfast at Pahoa’s Performing Arts Educational Center, a mini-market where both local world cuisine is served up in a room without walls and kids learn the basics of circus performance. It’s bizarre, but perfect at the same time. You won’t find it on a map, but take West Pohakupele Loop Road toward the north and the Center will be on your left after Puulena Street. To feel like a true local – and that you’re far, far from home! – don’t miss this stop. Big Island is the least touristy of the six islands that make up Hawaii’s archipelago. Roads cross a succession of small, typical island villages where life seems easy and simple. Many have relocated here to take advantage of the rhythm of life that is starkly different from that of continue on page 20

Cost Airfare: CAN$950 + fees for your bike Local beer: US$6 T-shirt: US$25

Sur la Route’s fee: CAN$3,795 Bicycle rental: from US$30 to US$55 per day

3 PARKS IN QUEBEC AND 1 IN ONTARIO

RAWDON RIGAUD MONT ST-GRÉGOIRE BARRIE

www.arbraska.com

QUEBEC

1 87 7 886-5500

ONTARIO

Adventura _ Summer 2011 _ www.adventuramag.ca _ 19

705-835-7600


continued from page 19

the rest of the continent. Villagers lead an active lifestyle and can be seen running and cycling everywhere... their waistlines definitely help lower the national average! Twenty times bigger than the island of Montreal, Hawaii Island (Hawai’i, in Hawaiian) is also the youngest of the archipelago. Here, volcanoes are still building the islands on the tectonic plate which slowly inches away. The island’s volcanoes are also some of the most active in the world. Watching the lava run from Mount Kilauea into the ocean is an impressive spectacle and testament to the power of nature. It’s one of the high points of this trip: While biking remains the priority, you can get a feel for the area by making several outings and optional stops. Aside from the visit to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (which is a must, if only to walk on warm lava and in an underground tunnel carved out by lava), a stop at the plantations near Kona can’t be missed – they serve one of the best coffees in the world! A quick sea kayak excursion to snorkel in the bay of Kealakekua around the monument erected for James Cook (the first European to set foot in Hawaii) is also a lovely way to feast your eyes on the multicoloured fish native to the region. Another must in Hawaii: Take a surf lesson. The waves can be intimidating around the island, but there are secluded spots that lend themselves perfectly to mastering the basics, as Hawaii is known as a surfing mecca. And have I mentioned that it is the home of the Ironman? As for me, the more kilometres we clock, the happier I am that I didn’t miss out on this organized trip. We started with a slight setback (two

The best: Where lava from the Kilauea Volcano meets waves from the ocean. Magic! The worst: The tough climb toward Waïmea after a heavy lunch... The strangest: Recently built homes in the middle of a desert-like field of black cold lava, only a few hundred metres from the active one...

bicycles out of our group of 13 didn’t leave Montreal due to lack of space on the small regional plane), but it was swiftly resolved by our guides (surlaroute.ca). They knew exactly where to rent extra bikes, and we all got a head start on Hawaii’s roads while waiting for the late-coming bikes. The Sur la Route formula is incredibly effective. Two guides come along on the trip. One drives the vehicle that brings luggage from one place to another and takes care of pit stops located all along a day’s route. The other member of the team cycles at the very back of the group to make sure everyone is doing well, and to fix any mechanical issues that can (and probably will) come up. It only takes a few days

Practical guide

Bike transportation: The small aircraft from Montreal (American Airlines) was too small to take all of our group’s bikes, but renting prevented us from wasting time while waiting for their arrival. One piece of luggage can usually be checked for free (depending on the airline) and each additional piece typically costs between $120 to $200 per flight. Renting bicycles on site runs about $420 for 14 days (but bring your own seat: It’s much more comfortable). Having your own pedals and shoes is also a good idea... On-site transportation: Sur la Route’s package includes a minivan, which not only brings your luggage from one spot to another but can also transport you should you want to take a break or skip a certain section. When to go: The next departure is from October 24 to November 6, 2011.

for the group to form a bond and the distinction between guide and traveller disappears. Every morning the route is explained in detail and several options are proposed. The beauty of it all is that whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you choose the route that suits you. There is always the option to hop in the car, should you get injured or feel the desire to skip a hill with an eight-percent incline. As for the rest, all you have to worry about is enjoying the fresh sea air and finding the perfect spot in Kona to learn the hula to the sound of the ukulele. One thing’s for sure: You will want to stay forever on this incredible island. Adventura was invited to Hawaii by Sur la Route (surlaroute.ca).

Repairs If you leave with the Sur la Route team, two guides will be at your disposal all along your ride and will take care of everything – including fetching you another bike if need be! Otherwise, there are several small bike shops around – this is the birthplace of the Ironman, after all. The distance between these shops can sometimes be large, but you can always try to seek the help of locals... Challenge Hills can stretch over a few kilometres, but the inclines are reasonable. The group will separate according to skill and fitness level, but it is never a race and you’ll have all the time you need to breathe, enjoy the landscape and snap pictures. Even more surlaroute.ca/voyages/hawaii


©Photos: M. Loiselle/Jardin des glaciers, C. Ramp/MICS, N. Boisvert, M.Loiselle/Tourisme Côte-Nord - Manicouagan, M. Loiselle, E. Marchand/L’île imagin’air

An Exhilarating Journey

on the Whale Route

Côte-Nord

Manicouagan-Duplessis

For more information, visit

www.quebecmaritime.ca/cotenord


Š Scott Markewitz

TeST: Trail-running hydraTion packS

Quick Drink, Fast Pace By Mathieu Lamarre

22 _ AdventurA _ Summer 2011 _

www.adventuramag.ca


The North Face: Enduro Boa

Price: $145 (with 1.5-litre bladder)

It seems obvious that TNF has set its sights on the same clientele as the CamelBak with its pricier offering. So what do you get in exchange? 1) A perfectly placed, magnetic-clipped mouthpiece; 2) a clever Velcro closure system instead of the usual plastic buckles; 3) the Boa tightening apparatus, which compresses the water pouch for a minimized (but not eliminated) sloshing effect. Add to the equation a few extras (detachable pockets, emergency whistle), but the overall bid is hindered by a lacklustre bladder (unpleasant mouthpiece, uneasy to clean). Slash 20 bucks and we’d have a first-place contender on our hands! Design: Comfort/Stability: Value:

CamelBak: Octane XCT Design: Comfort/Stability: Value:

3.5 4 4

Test Method

4 4 3.5

Price: $90 (with three-litre bladder)

Thanks to its thorough design, the Octane XCT is a purpose-built, clean-cut pack that manages to fit just about everyone, from the brawny jock to the petite dame. The n-house-designed bladder features a slosh-reducing partition and a quickdisconnect tube for easy maintenance; it fills up in a cinch and has the best freeflowing mouthpiece of the group. Some did note the straps’ tendency to loosen under stress (and need to readjust every now and then) and that the bite valve seems to be looking for a definitive resting point. But apart from that, this product lives up to what you’d expect from the segment’s pioneer.

First, let’s establish the playing field: urban running is one thing, trail running is another. The tarmac athlete will be perfectly served by a water bottle nestled in a belt, but the countryside sprinter is physically busier; in his case, the hydration pack is a better-suited solution. We’ve selected eight models which we deemed light and unobtrusive enough for trail-running purposes, with a fluid capacity of about two litres. Fit is paramount when choosing the right size, and although the majority of packs cater to both sexes, some manufacturers offer a female-specific conformation. That said, we made sure our testers took into account the subjective nature of this criterion, thus putting more emphasis on design and workmanship quality in their evaluation. One word on the water bladder itself: The basic quality of this crucial component – which needs stringent maintenance in order to perform correctly in the mid to long term – varies greatly from one pack to another. Fortunately, it can be easily swapped in favour of a better, aftermarket unit. AdventurA _ Summer 2011 _ www.adventuramag.ca _ 23

continue on page 24


Osprey: Raptor 6

continued from page 23

Price: $110 (with two-litre bladder)

Is this pack for trail runners or cyclists? With its helmet retaining system and larger cargo compartment (compared to the others), it certainly aims to please the mountain biking crowd. But in our trail-running context, its broader size suited our men, who lauded the precise fit and comfort, but not the ladies. At 700 g, the comparatively big Raptor is admirably manufactured and finished (the norm at Osprey), but we still found some irks and quirks: the absence of side pockets, a long feeding tube that hinders the effectiveness of the magnetic clip and a proprietary rigid bladder design that complicates the maintenance process. But if you’re looking for a compact, do-it-all daypack with built-in hydration, this is the way to go.

ang Bestrbthe fo ck bu

Design: Comfort/Stability: Value:

MEC: Kinetic Race

Design: Comfort/Stability: Value:

s’ Testoepr t pick

Price: $33 (bladder not included)

Does the price tag make you suspicious? It certainly made our test team inquisitive of the somewhat drab-coloured Kinetic Race (although some actually appreciate the incognito look). In all fairness, the materials aren’t as spiffy as, say, the Salomon, nor is the overall weight as spectacular (640 g compared to the Salomon’s 300 g), but if you forgo these aspects, the MEC proposition, with its upper-back positioning, manages to do without a waist belt, thus delivering a surprising level of comfort. Space management garnered high marks from all. Conclusion: Equipped with a quality bladder and an aftermarket magnetic clip for the mouthpiece, this pack gives unbeatable value for your dollar.

3.5 3.5 5

Salomon: Advanced Skin S-Lab

Of all our competitors, the Advanced Skin – as the name suggests – is the one that comes closest to the idea of wearing a vest (instead of a backpack). According to our test runners, that translates to near-perfect comfort in the field. Words like “light “ and “breezy” appeared repeatedly in the comment sheets, with a shared positive appreciation of the selected fabrics and their quality of assembly. One could say it borders on overkill, considering the degree of sophistication and the number of extra features. This all comes at a price, but one that a serious athlete will be willing to invest. Design: Comfort/Stability: Value:

Talon 33 1_3H EN Aventura.pdf

1

3/15/11

Price: $150 (with 1.5-litre bladder)

4.5 5 4

12:57 PM

C

M

Y

CM

MY

CY

CMY

K

24 _ AdventurA _ Summer 2011 _

www.adventuramag.ca

4 4 4.5


Women’s models

Nathan: Intensity

Price: $110 (with two-litre bladder)

If, on the one hand, the Osprey fits in the welterweight category, on the other, the Intensity is the bantam-class contender of the bunch. Like Ultimate Direction, Nathan is no newcomer to the runners’ world, but this time, we were not let down. All three ladies raved about the pack’s finesse and snug fit, thanks to a no-frills approach which works wonders for trail running. The mesh shoulder straps embrace the upper body with the same vest-like quality as the Salomon, small pockets abound in all the right places and the proprietary soft-rubber bladder benefits from a vacuum effect which greatly reduces sloshing. If we’re picky, we’d hope Nathan would shorten those dangling straps, but that’s about our only quibble.

s’ Testoepr t pick

Design: Comfort/Stability: Value:

4 4.5 4.5

Ultimate: Direction Wink Price: $100 (with 1.9-litre bladder) Despite its light weight and okay comfort, the Wink fell short in its bid to convince our fast ladies – a surprise considering that its maker has a reputable name in the running world. The main concern seems to be with the straps: Either they tighten up awkwardly or they loosen up too easily. None of our testers managed to find the correct fit. The quality of fabrics is on par with the lesser-priced MEC, the bladder gets good marks (although the insulated tube is on the heavy side), but the mouthpiece clipping solution (Velcro + metal clamp) is not very user-friendly when on the move. Design: Comfort/Stability: Value:

Gregory: Dipsea

3 3.5 3.5

Price: $62 (bladder not included)

There are products which seem to be in limbo between the “not bad” and “not great” feeling; such is the case with the Dipsea. The workmanship and fabrics have nothing to be ashamed of, the run-of-the-mill design does its job, the cargo space is properly exploited and fit is accomplished without too much fuss. But despite these good remarks – and contrary to the unanimous nod for the Nathan – some found discomfort with the Gregory, notably with an annoying waist belt and the off-centre buckles. One point our women all agreed on: It is next to impossible to dock the bite valve while running, though this can be solved by purchasing an aftermarket magnetic clip. Design: Comfort/Stability: Value:

3.5 3.5 4

Available at Better Retail Shops Across Canada. For more Information, Call 1.877.771.7671 Offert chez les détaillants de qualité à l’échelle du Canada. Pour de plus amples renseignements, appelez au 1.877.771.7671


TRIM

LIVE

GEAR

EvERythinG foR CAmpinG

Deer Park Stay snug and warm during the evening. An integrated full-pad sleeve ensures you won’t roll off your pad as you toss, turn or do whatever else to fall asleep. Insotect Flow delivers uniform heat distribution across the bag and its Flow Construction eliminates any goose down from shifting laterally or vertically – so you’ll never experience any cold spots during the night. To make things even warmer, you can mate this bag with another that uses the same-size zipper. BIG AGNES, Deer Park | $210 | bigagnes.com

By Travis Persaud

It’s all well and good to hike up and down the stairs or camp in the damp confines of a rustic basement during the cooler months, but the warm weather has finally returned and it’s time to get outside. These new items will enhance any camping or hiking trip for the 2011 season. So get up and get out!

Base Camp Pillow There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of comfort, especially when sleeping in serene surroundings. The Base Camp Pillow uses softstretch polyester for supreme luxury. It also has silicone dots on the bottom to prevent it from squirting out from under your head, and inflates in as little as two breaths – giving you extra time to spot shooting stars while your friends roll up their dirty hoodies. MEC, Base Camp Pillow | $14 | mec.ca

Prophet 52 The ultimate backpack for any outdoor trip, the Prophet 52 is built to withstand the ups and downs of mountaineering, but with a lightweight frame that any able-bodied child can handle. Bombastic auto-airbag fabric makes this pack nearly indestructible, while the foam-moulded hip belt and back panel, ski-carry stabilizers and hood design with two stash pockets make it a comfortable fit. Its versatility means you’ll never be left in the lurch: The back panel can be used as a bivy pad; the removable top pocket lets you bring everything you need into your tent while leaving the bag in a vestibule; and a hydration reservoir (sold separately) allows for handsfree drinking on the trail. THE NORTH FACE, Prophet 52 Pack | $220 | thenorthface.com

Cool Rules (W) / Silver Ridge (M) There’s nothing quite like having modern technology woven right into the fabric of your clothing. Cool Rules/Silver Ridge shirts both use Omni-Freeze advanced cooling and Omni-Wick advanced evaporation. What does that mean to you? The hotter you get, the cooler the fabric feels as it draws away perspiration to keep you dry. Plus, it has built-in UPF sun protection. With these shirts, hot summer afternoons at the campsite or on the hiking trail won’t mean seeking out the remaining spot of shade left. COLUMBIA, Cool Rules / Silver Ridge | $45 (W) $40 (M) | columbia.ca

Quad Lantern Leave that crate of flashlights and bag of batteries at home. Equipped with a useful handle, this Quad Lantern provides all the light your camp needs. And, when the evening winds down and everyone wanders off for solitude, sleep or relief, you can remove each of the four sections to create personal flashlights, which last 90 minutes per charge. COLEMAN, Quad Lantern | $80 | colemancanada.ca

26 _ AdventurA _ Summer 2011 _

Bitteroot GTX Vasque adds the Bitteroot GTX to its lineup as a complement to the already popular and trail-tested Wasatch boot. Bitteroot uses waterproof leather uppers combined with Gore-Tex linings, meaning you can jump through those enticing puddles without the worry of getting your feet wet. And, the Vasque Exclusive Vibram Summit soles ensure you have the needed arch support, alongside moulded midsoles for advanced shock absorption and comfy padding for your ankles. This is the ultimate boot for any excursion. VASQUE, Bitteroot GTX | $250 | vasque.com Dualis ST This hybrid sleeping pad bridges the gap between a light mat needed for backpacking and an inflatable mattress for camping. The Dualis ST has air tubes added to the top of an open-cell foam pad; you inflate the air tubes while the foam chambers self-inflate. The whole process takes about three minutes and creates one of the coziest foundations for sleeping outdoors. When rolled up, it can easily slip into a backpack, allowing you to have both comfort and a lightweight package. EUREKA!, Dualist ST | $85 regular, $110 large | eurekatentscanada.com www.adventuramag.ca


* Š 2011, Trademark of Kashi Company used under licence.

IM

VE


Mind & BODY

10 Weeks to 10 KM © iStockphoto

The arrival of spring is synonymous with the heading-out of runners all over the city. After all, running is the perfect practice for anyone looking to lose weight, burn calories, prevent loss of bone density and improve coordination... not to mention enjoy the outdoors! Plus, it delivers an endorphin rush that boosts morale and can get quite addictive – there’s good reason why it’s called a “runner’s high.” Want to work your way up to 10K before the end of summer? Here’s how to get there. By Jimmy Sévigny

Before tying your shoelaces and rushing out the door, take the time to zero in on your goals. Why do you want to start running? For fun, weight loss, health, performance? Analyze your schedule to see how many hours you can devote to this new activity. Finally, think about your budget, as you might have to gear up with new clothing or sneakers

First things first Before beginning any training program, make sure that your physical condition is conducive to said activity. Then, think about your wardrobe. This might seem odd, but being dressed improperly can greatly hinder your performance. If the image you have in mind is that of Sylvester Stallone in Rocky, running in a grey hoodie, head to your nearest sporting goods store immediately. Choose lightweight, breathable clothing and avoid overheating by dressing in layers instead of one heavy piece that will be weighted down in sweat in no time! As for shoes, you’ll definitely want to invest: They’re what will allow you to perform well while avoiding injury. Take the time to try on several pairs of shoes and don’t be afraid to ask questions. There is a ton of variety on the market and runners will be happy to tell you about their favourites, so do your research.

Progression makes perfect The number-one reason new runners quit is because they assume that they will be able to run at a maintained pace for hours on their first try. Jogging is one of the most demanding sports: It works every single muscle in your body. During most of

your training, you will have to use the interval method: sustained effort for a set period of time, followed by a period of rest. During the intense phase, breathing should be a little difficult and maintaining a conversation would be strenuous. During the recovery phase (weak/medium intensity), talking shouldn’t be difficult at all. Before you start training, be sure to warm up for eight to 12 minutes. A good way to get there is with quick walking or a trot (very light jog). To work up to 10 kilometres in less than 10 weeks, use fourminute-long training blocks. In the proposed schedule, training is required three times per week. It is recommended that you stagger your runs with a day of rest in between: Your body needs the time to recuperate! It is to be noted that this beginner’s plan is for those without major health issues (severe obesity, hypertension, arthritis).

After the workout Don’t think that your work is done once you’ve finished your run: It is essential to stretch properly to allow your body to release tension, maintain range of movement while diminishing muscle stiffness and avoid injury. Also remember to replenish your energy: A healthy diet is an important part of any training plan. If you have trouble meeting the objectives laid out in this plan, don’t get discouraged! When I weighed 452 lbs., moving just a centimetre was a huge effort. At that point in my life, moving mere metres was strenuous. Today, running is my favourite sport and I improve my times every year. The best piece of advice I can give you is to set a goal, to believe in it and to go for it, while respecting (and accepting) your limitations.

28 _ Adventura _ Summer 2011 _

www.adventuramag.ca

For your first run, be sure to… • Bring water. The risk of dehydration is not to be taken lightly, especially if you’re not in the best physical shape. Without water, you will not get very far. • Carry your cellphone and I.D. In case anything should happen (injury, fatigue, dizziness), make sure you tell someone where you will be. • Wear reflective clothing. When running at night, always be visible. • Carefully map out your route. Risky areas (crime, traffic, etc.) are to be avoided. If you will be running alone, consider bringing your dog or choose a very safe neighbourhood. • Plan your course. Ideally, map out a 1-km circuit that you will loop (i.e. five times around for a 5-km run). This way, if fatigue sets in you will not have so far to go to return home. To measure the distance, use a website (like Google Maps) or drive your car. The choice of terrain is also important: Dirt trails are easier on the joints than hard asphalt or concrete.


Training schedule (10 KM in 10 Weeks) Workout breakdown

1

DAY 1 — 8 blocks of 4 minutes (total: 32 minutes) For each block, run for 2 minutes and walk for 2 minutes. DAY 2 — Jogging for 12 to 15 minutes At the midway point, try to pick up the pace. DAY 3 — 8 blocks of 4 minutes (total: 32 minutes) For each block, run for 2 minutes and walk for 2 minutes.

2

DAY 1 — 10 blocks of 4 minutes (total: 40 minutes) For each block, run for 2 minutes and walk for 2 minutes. DAY 2 — Jogging for 15 minutes At the midway point, try to pick up the pace. DAY 3 — 10 blocks of 4 minutes (total: 40 minutes) For each block, run for 2 minutes and walk for 2 minutes.

3

DAY 1 — 8 blocks of 4 minutes (total: 32 minutes) For each block, run for 3 minutes and walk for 1 minute. DAY 2 — Jogging for 20 minutes At the midway point, try to pick up the pace. DAY 3 — 10 blocks of 4 minutes (total: 40 minutes) For each block, run for 2 ½ minutes and walk for 1 ½ minutes.

4

DAY 1 — 10 blocks of 4 minutes (total: 40 minutes) For each block, run for 3 minutes and walk for 1 minute. DAY 2 — Jogging for 20 minutes At the midway point, try to pick up the pace. DAY 3 — 10 blocks of 4 minutes (total: 40 minutes) For each block, run for 3 minutes and walk for 1 minute.

5

DAY 1 — 30-minute jog (at your own pace) DAY 2 — One-hour speed walk DAY 3 — 30-minute jog (increase your pace for the last 5 minutes)

6

DAY 1 — 11 blocks of 4 minutes (total: 44 minutes) For each block, run for 3 minutes and walk for 1 minute. DAY 2 — 5 kilometres (do your 1-kilometre course 5 times) At this stage, start taking your elapsed time a little more seriously. Aim for 35 minutes total, or 7 minutes per kilometre. DAY 3 — 11 blocks of 4 minutes (total: 44 minutes) For each block, run for 3 minutes and walk for 1 minute.

7

DAY 1 — 8 blocks of 4 minutes + 20 minutes of light jogging (total: 52 minutes) For each block, run for 2 minutes and walk for 2 minutes. DAY 2 — 6 kilometres (do your 1-kilometre course 6 times) Aim to finish in 42 minutes or less, or 7 minutes per kilometre. DAY 3 — 11 blocks of 4 minutes (total: 44 minutes) For each block, run for 3 minutes and walk for 1 minute.

8

DAY 1 — 10 blocks of 4 minutes + 25 minutes of light jogging (total: 65 minutes) For each block, run for 2 ½ minutes and walk for 1 ½ minutes. DAY 2 — 7 kilometres (do your 1-kilometre course 7 times) Aim to finish in 49 minutes or less, or 7 minutes per kilometre. DAY 3 — 15 blocks of 4 minutes (total: 60 minutes) For each block, run for 3 minutes and walk for 1 minute.

9

DAY 1 — 10 blocks of 4 minutes + 25 minutes of light jogging (total: 65 minutes) For each block, run for 3 minutes and walk for 1 minute. DAY 2 — 8 kilometres (do your 1-kilometre course 8 times) Aim to finish in 52 minutes, or 6 ½ minutes per kilometre. DAY 3 — Light jogging for 45 minutes This workout should be done at medium intensity.

10

DAY 1 — 10 blocks of 4 minutes + 25 minutes light jogging (total: 65 minutes) For each block, run 3 ½ minutes and walk 30 seconds. DAY 2 — Speed walking for 1 hour DAY 3 — 10 kilometres (do your 1-kilometre course 10 times) Aim to finish in 65 minutes or less, or 6 ½ minutes per kilometre.

Jimmy Sévigny has a degree in physical activity. Once morbidly obese, he is now a television presenter, speaker and accomplished athlete (jimmysevigny.com). Adventura _ Summer 2011 _ www.adventuramag.ca _ 29


© Patrice Halley

Last call

Auyuittuq National Park of Canada Auyuittuq, ‘The Land That Never Melts,’ is known as the Yosemite of the North. Hailed as one of the world’s top – and toughest – treks, the park has seen its share of adventure since James Bond himself jumped off Mt. Asgard, one of its tallest peaks. Climbers have come from all over the world to ascend the longest pure vertical granite spires on the planet. Now another danger is surfacing: the Penny Ice Cap is melting. Unusually warm temperatures spell big trouble in The Land That Never Melts, dissolving more permafrost and glacial ice than ever before (pictured here is the Caribou Glacier with Mt. Asgard in the upper right in the distance) and threatening the lives of hikers and climbers. To photograph the glacier, I decided that a human element was necessary to give a sense of scale. I framed the picture and asked one of my partners, David Leach, to snap the picture. The tools: Canon PowerShot G9, f/8, 1/200th sec.

- Patrice Halley, photojournalist 30 _ Adventura _ Summer 2011 _

www.adventuramag.ca


SANDALS FOR THE EVERYDAY ADVENTURER The ECCO速 Offroad Yucatan fuses rugged technical capability with absolute versatility. Equipped with a hard-wearing rubber sole, a cushioning PU midsole and an anatomical footbed, these sandals will take you wherever you need to go. Available at retailers across Canada.

DIRECT-INJECTED

D.I.P

Flexible, anatomical and shock absorbing sole

RECEPTOR TECHNOLOGY

RCT

Support the 3 phases of each step

ECCO速 Yucatan for Women

ECCO速 Yucatan for Men

1.800.358.ECCO eccocanada.com



Adventura - Summer 2011