Ray Mears in Ontario
Over the past two decades the name Ray Mears has become recognised throughout the world as an authority on the subject of Bushcraft and Survival.
He has also become a household name through his various television series including Tracks, World of Survival, Trips Money Can’t Buy with Ewan McGregor, the Real Heroes of Telemark, Wild Britain, How the Wild West Was Won and many more. Ray has been a lover of Ontario’s pristine wilderness for many years, and here he tells us why:
“I love nature, I love wilderness and relish the challenge of time spent living in wild places experiencing nature in her most raw state. I’ve been exploring the quieter waterways of Ontario by canoe for 20 years. Ontario contains some astonishing Provincial Parks; last year I guided a canoe expedition in the amazing Woodland Caribou and Wabakimi Provincial Parks but I still have a long list of waterways to explore..”
This year Ray journeyed deep into the spectacular backcountry of Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park in the Temagami region where he was immersed in Canada’s canoe culture and the legend of Grey Owl.
According to Ray, “Grey Owl was the most effective conservationist of his age, he preached a message of concern on behalf of the creatures of the wild he found suffering in the advancing tide of industrialization, with its pollution and callous destruction of habitat.”
Grey Owl’s story has fascinated Ray for years, growing up in the same corner of England with very similar interests. He wanted to experience first hand the landscape and Anishnable First Nations culture that so greatly influenced Grey Owl.
The Temagami region is known for its prominent canoe culture dating back to the 1830’s with the permanent settlement of the Temagami First Nations. It has the most extensive network of canoe routes in Ontario with some of the best wilderness paddling found in Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park. It is also renowned for its old growth pine forests and sparkling lakes and rivers.
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