Animal Encounters

A good part of the motivation for heading into our wilderness areas is to have an opportunity to be closer to the natural world.   For many of us, part of that closeness is the rare opportunity to be in close proximity to wildlife.  
  For the most part, this is a highlight of the wilderness canoeing experience.  Still, there are times that caution is warranted - these are, after all, wild animals, and we are encroaching on areas which are their homes.  We are responsible for ensuring our behaviour does not adversely affect these creatures.

The links to the right will take you to pages about many of the animals we can expect to encounter as we paddling in Canadian wilderness areas.


The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: "What good is it?"  If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand it or not.

If the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like but do not understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts?

To keep every cog and wheel is the first part of intelligent tinkering.

Aldo Leopold