I have wanted to visit the Temagami region for over 20 years. I first learned about the area when it became a hot topic in the mainstream media, with reports of the old-growth pines being in danger from logging and mining. I wasn’t a big camper back then, and I thought that Temagami was very, very far away. But I did think to myself that one day I would like to see those 300 year-old trees.
Over the years, Temagami and its trees moved to a back corner in my brain. Not forgotten, really. But not thought about, either. Then, with the advent of social media and my jump into the Ontario outdoors blogging world, I started to see posts about the place on Facebook and Twitter. Temagami moved its way back to the front of my mind. I found out about Wolf Lake. Once again, I thought about how much I would like to see those very, very old trees.
One weekend in October of 2016, it happened. We paddled into that wilderness with a group of amazing outdoor families to experience Wolf Lake and the magic of Temagami. The weather was windy and cool for much of the trip. The lake was moody. And I loved every moment I had in this sacred place of ancient pines that have seen the seasons change for centuries. This place I’ve wanted to see for more than half my life.