Author Archives: Cliff Speer

Grandmother & Grandson Take On CanoeSki Map & Compass Course

I was surprised and delighted when Karen inquired in early May 2016 about registering her and her 14 year-old grandson Kaleb in our Map & Compass Course, as I recalled she had taken the course several years ago. Doing it again … Continue reading

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Grey Owl Canoe Trip in Saskatchewan’s North

A 16-year old student from Regina, Sarah is enrolled in the Duke of Edinburgh Award, a youth achievement challenge program. She has chosen outdoor adventure as her challenge, which is how she ended up coming on the Grey Owl canoe … Continue reading

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The Winter of our Discontent

William Shakespeare’s famous line in Richard III wasn’t really about winter. Same for John Steinbeck’s 1961 novel with a similar title. For those literary titans, winter was a metaphor, but this is a tale of a real Saskatchewan winter and … Continue reading

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South Saskatchewan River Canoe Trip Tale

Shelly’s Story – Cranes & Colors Corn Roast Canoe Trip, September 2013 Looking for a fall canoeing adventure, Shelly landed on CanoeSki’s South Saskatchewan River Cranes & Colors corn roast canoe trip. She is taken with the beauty and tranquility … Continue reading

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Churchill River Canoe Trip Tale

Robbie’s Story – Rock Art & Bannock Canoe Trip,  August 2012 “Very little canoeing; five years of kayaking experience”, it said on Robbie Gamble’s canoe trip registration…, and she wanted to paddle her own kayak. The trip however, turned out … Continue reading

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Canoeing and Painting in the Wild

Canoeing and painting go hand in hand with mystery and adventure in Canada’s northland. The ancient rock paintings on the rough canvas of the Canadian Shield are shrouded in mystery. Nobody really knows who created them and why. We have … Continue reading

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Eb’s Trails – A Saskatchewan Cross-country Skiing Mecca

March is marching on apace, which means winter is on the wane. If you’re still iching for an exhilarating cross-country skiing experience in Saskatchewan, Eb’s Trails is the place to go. Only an hour’s drive north of Saskatoon in the Nesbit … Continue reading

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Learn to Cross-country Ski with Tourism Saskatchewan

Last month I had three keeners from Tourism Saskatchewan’s social media marketing team take a quickie Learn to Ski lesson. They wanted an experience to add seasonal flair to their January e-newsletter, SaskSecrets. The idea was to promote cross-country skiing … Continue reading

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Cross-country Skiing in Canada’s National Parks

What most cross-country skiers have taken for granted for many years was ripped out of their wintery grasp in the late fall of 2012. A rumour surfaced that Parks Canada was cutting back on its usual winter services, including ski … Continue reading

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