Portageur.ca is a place where the portaging community gathers to share information on our passion. As you navigate through this site you will find useful resources and articles about portaging, canoeing and camping. Our primary goal is to provide enough information for the novice or beginner paddler to be able to go out there portaging armed with enough skills to safely enjoy the best outdoor sport there is.
We’re always looking for the most practical advice and information we can find, and we will post it on this site. Have some information you’d like to share? Comment on an article, contact us, or even submit an article yourself. Most of the information is gathered through the experience of our contributors below. Let’s meet them:
Nancy was born somewhere in Louisiana (probably), and after migrating north into Canada, bulked up to become the ideal portageur. Her job is threefold: reconnaissance, security and ambassadorship. She stays alert to keep her group aware of any present dangers, especially small critters that would otherwise surely steal supplies. She’s always paving the way along and around the perimeter of portages, scouting the route for any dangers and showing the group how to get past obstacles – though she often forgets the lesser skills of her comrades. Of course the greatest asset she brings is her natural ability to greet new friends along the trails and rivers. Never too busy to give each new person individual attention, she continues to make quite an impression on whoever she meets, constantly adding to her list lifelong friends. As a trade off to these skills, she rarely carries anything, and paddles even less, but all things considered, no one ever minds.
Preston was born in Hamilton, Ontario. As a young child, he would wander off into the woods looking for what was out there, and has never really grown out of that. He spends every chance he can get wandering around the Ontario wilderness. When back in the city, he spends half his time entertaining others with tales of his adventures, the other half boring others with the same – never quite sure which. He started this website as an outlet to tell his tales to the right audience. He’s also particularly funny and when not portaging enjoys writing in the third person.