James Ryan
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“Give a man a pen, and he’ll write for a day. Teach a man to make his own pen, and he’ll write at least until the ink runs out.” – Freddy James Maybe it’s the writer in me saying this, but I’ve always loved it whenever anyone’s given me a pen as a gift....
James Ryan
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“Hello, my name is Amelie and I am doing a big presentation on how hiking benefits your mental health. I know that you are very busy, but could you please spare a few minutes to answer the following questions: 1. How does hiking help you? 2. Do you think hiking helps your mental health?...
James Ryan
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Greetings everyone! As many of you probably know by now, Jonathan Toews (pronounced toes not taves) has been hiking along the Bruce Trail in an effort to raise money and awareness for the Mood Disorders Society of Canada as part of a national campaign called Defeat Depression. It’s pretty amazing actually. At first, I...

Waterwalker

James Ryan
This feature-length documentary follows naturalist Bill Mason on his journey by canoe into the Ontario wilderness. The filmmaker and artist begins on Lake Superior, then explores winding and sometimes tortuous river waters to the meadowlands of the river’s source. Along the way, Mason paints scenes that capture his attention and muses about his love...

“To achieve a relationship with the land, one must travel on foot or by canoe and camp under nature’s canopy. Even those of us who do are often in so much of a hurry that we see and feel very little. Too often it is the destination that matters and not the journey itself.” – Bill Mason

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In my last post, I talked about my desire to hike all the way across Short Hills Provincial Park before eventually turning around and heading back to the Rockway Conservation Area prior to sunset, only I didn’t quite make it all the way across. Without knowing exactly how much more distance I needed to...