Good speaker: Max Finkelstein at Outdoor Adventure Show

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Saw him at the Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show yesterday. For those who don't know him, he is canoeist who repaddled with his buddy James Stone the routes of surveyor A.P. Low through northern Quebec and Labrador, and then paddled across Canada following Alexander Mackenzie's paddlers' routes.

His books:

http://www.amazon.ca/Paddling-Boreal-Forest-Rediscovering-A-P/dp/1896219985

http://www.amazon.ca/Canoeing-Conti...=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1393078295&sr=1-3

He works for the Canadian Heritage Rivers section of the govt. now. He gave an interesting slide show talk about a trip in a voyageur canoe from Ottawa to Washington, DC, "Capital to Capitol," which highlighted a project (as yet unachieved) to make those two cities the two world capitals with the cleanest rivers flowing through them.

Next project is is to have 1000 canoes come from the four cardinal directions to converge on Victoria Island in Ottawa for the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation (sesquicentennial) on July 1st, 2017. Who's in?

It was a pleasure to hear him speak. He took the small turnout, the excessive ambient noise, the zip line running over him, and the occasional cheering from the Canada-US hockey game in stride, and came down off the stage to answer questions directly. This is a humble guy without an ounce of pretension, who lives and breathes canoeing, wild spaces, and pure waters.

Any other good speakers you've seen at these kind of events?
 
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YC: That's a great list of trips and speakers! Some dream trips in there for sure, and good info.

I agree, the smaller venue is nicer. The last two years I've been to the Kitchener Waterloo Canoe Symposium in April and had a great time with a varied group of speakers.

Enjoyed Phil Cotton's talks on Wabakimi Provincial Park.
 
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