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While it’s true that life is full of rough spots you have to traverse with care, the closest I’ve come to portaging is wheeling my luggage through an airport. Actually hiking through forests hoisting a canoe over my head? That would be a NO.
Zev Heuer has no problem with portages. The fifteen-year-old took his canoe, and his dog, and paddled his way across Alberta and Saskatchewan to his summer job at Churchill River Canoe Outfitters.
It took him two months. Two months of paddling during the day, finding shelter, and setting up camp at night—by himself.
According to Zev, “One of the things that’s pretty amazing about Canada is how everything’s connected by water.”
And when it’s not, there is always portage…
Zev is way more Canadian than I will ever be. Our Coureur de Bois ancestors would be proud.