Canoeing goes hand in hand with summer, and for many of us, it’s a beloved activity straight out of our childhoods. But, there’s one Canadian whose love for paddling goes above and beyond, turning the hobby of canoeing into a deep-rooted passion.
Drew Czernik is a paddler from Ontario who certainly has an ambitious goal: to canoe and map out 100 lakes from Algonquin Provincial Park in just 100 days. Did we mention that he’s already explored 58 of the lakes?
After working at a summer camp in 1998 at Algonquin, Czernik was inspired to see more of the park and make up for lost time. His travel routes were then planned out based on how accessible each lake was from Canoe Lake.
“I’m feeling pretty good about the lakes I’ve got left. The areas I’ve mapped out are mostly places I haven’t paddled before and I’m excited to see more of the park,” said Czernik. “It’s funny, the more lakes I do, the more I want to do. 100 is starting to feel like it’s not going to be enough to see what I want to see.”
You can find out more about his journey here and by watching the video above.
An Ontario man thinks he can paddle 100 Algonquin lakes in 100 days
Canoe LakeThis is the main point of access to most of the lakes Czernik's mapping out. And yes, it definitely raises the bar on how beautiful we expect each lake to be. Drew Czernik
Canoe LakeNever mind canoeing, we'd like to just waddle right into the lake and float...for all of eternity. We give this lake a 10/10 thanks to its surreal beauty.Drew Czernik
Gill LakeImagine how many fish you could catch in a spot like this. Whether you like fishing or not, we're sure you can imagine how refreshed you'd feel drifting down a lake as peaceful as this one.Drew Czernik
North Tea LakeYou'd probably like to leave your desk job and start roughing it in the wild right about now, eh? Well, why not bring the entire work team to this little lake for some much-appreciated relaxation time?Drew Czernik
Canisbay LakeSomehow, this lake still looks appealing even when the weather isn't so accommodating. Sunshine or no sunshine, sign us up for a regular-sized canoe no matter the weather!Drew Czernik
Joe LakeThis lake's so serene that we're not surprised Czernik wants to spend every day here. No, spending our lives travelling from lake to lake doesn't seem that bad right now at all.Drew Czernik