Many people never take the time to explore and experience Ontario. Judi and Frank Brouse have done a lot of travelling throughout Canada, the States and around the world, yet they are constantly amazed at the beautiful areas right in their own back yard of Ontario. This desire to continue to explore their roots inspired them to paddle from Bracebridge, Muskoka, to Perth in Eastern Ontario. The trip was 700 km and took 29 days.
When asked why they wanted to undertake such a major trip they respond “because we looked at the map and realized that we could do it”. The duo were looking for a challenge, as well as a way to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary which coincided with the year they both turned 60.
Judi grew up in Ottawa and cottaged on Otty Lake near Perth. She has had a love affair with nature and being outside all her life. In 1984 she moved to Bracebridge where she worked for the District of Muskoka for 30 years as a resource planner responsible for the water quality and Lake System Health program of the District.
Frank grew up in northern Ontario and spent most of his childhood outside on the farm or in the woods. He taught in Bracebridge and co-lead the Outers Club at the High School getting teenagers canoeing, hiking and experiencing the out of doors.
After they retired they decided to start working on their bucket list. The first item on the list was to paddle from their home on the Muskoka River to their cottage in Perth.
Come and listen to the story of their travels down the Muskoka river, to Bala, the Moon and Musquash Rivers, through Gibson, the Trent-Severn Waterway, and so much more.
Cost is $10/person. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a local conservation organization.