“In an age of hedonistic adventure-seekers and unrestrained bushcrafters, we finally have an authoritative chronicle of the theoretical adventure, an abstract of exploration in a higher form. Paddling Pathways is a brilliant compendium of Canadian stories from real wilderness aficionados—a must-read for anyone who aspires to apprehend the juxtaposition of soul and nature. Bob Henderson and Sean Blenkinsop have brought together more than just an assemblage of the best outdoor writers; they have gathered wilderness purveyors whose stories hit the very core of the meaning of ‘the journey’ in gallant and self-effacing accounts.”
--Hap Wilson, author, artist, photographer, map-maker, trail builder, wildlands conservationist, and lodge owner. In short: all things canoeing.
About the authors
BOB HENDERSON has been guiding trips and teaching in the outdoors since 1973, primarily Outdoor and Environmental Education at McMaster University. Early years canoeing in Algonquin, Temagami, and Quetico eventually led to Arctic travel in Canada, Iceland, and Norway. These regions have been a focus of Bob’s writings concerning heritage travel and conceptualizing outdoor education and life. He now splits his time between Uxbridge and Algonquin Park in Ontario. His books include Every Trail Has a Story: Heritage Travel in Canada and Nature First: Outdoor Life the Friluftsliv Way. He serves as resource editor for Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education and Nastwagan: Journal of the Wilderness Canoe Association.Sean Blenkinsop grew up in the boreal forests of Canada’s north and is now a professor in the Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia. With more than 30 years in outdoor, environmental, and experiential education his interest in wild pedagogies comes quite naturally. He has been involved in starting three nature-based, place-based eco-schools (all in the public system) and has written extensively about these experiences and the philosophical underpinnings of eco-education.