Why I Return to Quetico

By Ron Breault, aka @SwiftyPaddler

For many years I didn’t own a canoe to call my own, but instead rented or borrowed a neighbour’s. It wasn’t until the year 2001 that I purchased my first canoe. It was made by Swift Canoes and the model name was “Quetico”. And so began a decades long interest in this huge park of over one million square acres.

By |November 28th, 2023|Quetico Adventures, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Planning a “bucket-list” trip to Quetico Provincial Park

Quetico sunset

Today’s post comes from paddling enthusiast Dave Caughey who, along with his wife, recently made the trek to Quetico Provincial Park.

For years, my wife and I longed to visit Quetico Provincial Park. We had heard the canoeing there was awesome, through a terrain peppered with countless lakes, and routes that could involve days between portages!

By |July 27th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Quetico Provincial Park Awarded International Dark Sky Park Designation

Quetico Foundation is pleased to announce Quetico Provincial Park has been designated as an International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA).

By |February 23rd, 2021|Local news, Park News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

International Women and Girls in Science Day 2021

Photograph of Katie Tripp and Kelsey Atatise, Quetico Foundation Research Team working in the forest, collecting data

Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Katie Tripp and Kelsey Atatise, Quetico Foundation Research Team

With the support of the Quetico Foundation, Kelsey and Katie have been involved in a number of research and monitoring projects important for the management of Quetico Provincial Park.

By |February 11th, 2021|Foundation News, Park News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mental health benefits of the outdoors

Photograph of the view of the lake from the tent

Do you ever find yourself feeling calmer, more relaxed, or more focused after spending time in nature? That’s because time outside has studied and proven benefits for your mental health.

Mental illness affects one in five Canadians in any given year. Let’s talk about what some Vitamin N (nature) can do for your mental health.

By |January 28th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Quetico Foundation’s #PaddleThanks Video

Photographs of Abigail Laulman, Trustee

Ontario Backcountry Canoe Symposium launched the #paddlethanks initiative, to give people an opportunity to say thanks for the wonderful things that make paddling such an important part of life. The Quetico Foundation submitted a video by Abigail Laulman, Trustee. Laulman’s first canoe trip was sponsored by the Quetico Foundation, a paddling trip for new Canadians that began her love for the paddling life.

By |May 23rd, 2020|Action, Foundation News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

During this season of giving and sharing please generously donate to help support the Quetico Foundation!

Group photo! Summer Student Research Group and Biology Interns, Photo credit: Hannah Koslowsky

The Quetico Foundation is dedicated to the protection of wilderness with a particular focus on Quetico Wilderness Provincial Park since 1954. The Quetico Foundation primarily has two focuses; conducting ecological research and supporting academic studies to help protect the wilderness of Quetico Provincial Park, and helping students and young leaders connect to the beauty of Quetico’s wilderness, lakes and rivers through the joys, merits and benefits of wilderness canoe trips.

Please donate today to help the Quetico Foundation support protecting wilderness, connecting young leaders and students to Quetico via wilderness canoe excursions and wilderness research.

By |November 6th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Save the Date: Oct 30, Quetico Foundation Fall Dinner is back!

2019 Fall Quetico Foundation Dinner

This very popular dinner will be held at the University Club of Toronto. An exciting speaker has been booked. Adam Shoalts, author and explore-in-residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society is our speaker on Wednesday October 30th.

The Trustees are eager for you to SAVE the evening of Wed. October 30th in your calendar.

To reserve a seat at the 2019 Fall Quetico Dinner on Oct 30th emailmargaret.casey@sympatico.ca

Adam Shoalts, Explorer-in-Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and #1 national best-selling author of Alone Against the North, will join us to tell us about his brand new book, Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada’s Arctic, which tells the story of his solo canoe journey across nearly 4,000 km of arctic wilderness. Shoalts will also share pictures from his adventures at the dinner and his new book will be available for purchase and signing.

A picture is always better than words so Adam’s publicist has provided me with this photo of him.
I just tried to check in with Adam, but his email account replied with “I’m in the wilderness at the moment with no access to email or phone until I return in the first week of September”. We hope he is safe and enjoying his time exploring an uncharted river in the far north! 

Check out this interview of Adam by David McGuffin. Even listening to the first few minutes of this interview will leave you committed to attending the 2019 Fall Quetico Foundation Dinner.

By |September 6th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Quetico Foundation celebrates 65 years

We Are Canada United By Canoe, August 2017 credit Marla Larson

Quetico’s wilderness has been the focus of conservation action, backcountry exploration, engaging leadership skills and local environmental studies by Quetico Foundation for 65 years and advancing!

Please email us your favourite experiences with the Quetico Foundation with us or your favourite Quetico wilderness memories at queticofoundation@gmail.com or post them with this blog.

By |March 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Happy holidays from the Quetico Foundation!

The yuletide holiday season has begun!

Days we can be grateful for wonderful on-the-lake memories under the sun.

Days when we reflect on the gorgeous portages, hard won.

Days when there will be lots of fun in the snow under the pines to come!

Wishing a merry, joyous, inspired and happy festive season to everyone!

Happy Festivus from the rest of us at the Quetico Foundation

By |December 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Happy holidays from the Quetico Foundation!