The Journal of Canadian Wilderness Canoeing, is a quarterly
publication available only by mail to subscribers across
North America. As Che-Mun's editor, I wanted to tell you a
bit about who
we are and what we do.
was founded in 1973 by Nick Nickels in Lakefield, Ontario. Nick was,
among other things, an author and also ran a canoe tripping service
to those needing paddling information about certain areas. He
published a book called Canoe Canada in 1976, which was a listing of
hundreds of possible canoe trips from coast to coast to coast. In
1983, Nick ceased publication of Che-Mun and the following year I
took the leap from subscriber to editor. Since, Che-Mun has steadily
grown and improved, I hope, and thanks to electronic technology, has taken the leap to cyberspace.
offers trip reports, book reviews, northern news and historical
accounts — in short everything that we think will be of interest to
a northern wilderness canoeist. We realize that isn't everyone's cup
of tea so through the Ottertooth website, we'll bring you much more
as well. We don't plan to run an electronic version of Che-Mun but
rather offer much of what Che-Mun's about and reports on.
aim here in the canoe pages on Ottertooth.com is to keep you
informed on both the current and future state of canoeing but also
the past. Canada has a wealth of canoeing history and many of us get
a real thrill in seeing our land come alive through reading the
words and following the actions of those who travelled the land with
unseen eyes. Canoeing thrills comes in many forms; from raging
whitewater to delightful placid streams; in tandem boats or simply
solo, the lure and effect of canoeing touches each of us in a
please come along with us — and join in — as we bring a new look to
these canoeing pages. It will take some time but with your input,
Ottertooth will be your first stop for all things canoeing.
Michael Peake, 55, is Governor of the Hide-Away Canoe Club (HACC),
a group that has paddled together since 1976. He is
associate photo editor of the Toronto Sun newspaper where he
has worked since 1975, winning the National Newspaper Award
for photography in 1986. He also publishes Che-Mun, the
Journal of Canadian Wilderness Canoeing, and gives numerous
slide talks across North America on wilderness canoeing. He
is also the widowed father of an 11-year-old son, Thomas.
Hide-Away Labrador Odyssey 2001