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  • Keywords
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    • Canoe Across Canada,
    • Paddling Canada,
    • Canadian Adventures,
    • Remote Canada Memoir,
    • Personal Memoir,
    • Retired Canadians

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Canoe for Change
A Journey Across Canada
by Glenn Green and Carol VandenEngel

Imagine taking on the challenge of a cross-Canada canoe adventure: to live outdoors for months at a time, to embark on your destination knowing you have 8,515 kilometres ahead of you to paddle. Canoe for Change is the story of husband-and-wife team Glenn Green and Carol VandenEngel who took on this gift and privilege to see Canada from thousand-year-old water trails and form connections to nature that many have lost. Traversing through oceans, rivers, lakes and creeks, the couple completed a three-year paddle across Canada from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. Manoeuvring tidal currents, high winds and waves, pulling their canoe over the Rocky Mountains, paddling through badlands, seeing wolves and bears on remote shorelines, they experienced Canada's natural beauty from the water's edge. Along the way, they found perseverance, companionship and self-discovery. In exploring this great land full of amazing diversity, one of their most remarkable memories is of the friendliness, kindness and generosity bestowed upon them by their fellow Canadians. Listen to the sound the paddle makes as it dips into the water and taste true freedom...after all, it is not a race but a retirement cruise. Outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers will find fascination and inspiration in Canoe for Change, while travellers and paddlers looking for a new way to see Canada will find helpful information about routes, equipment and logistics.

Glenn Green and Carol VandenEngel photo

Carol VandenEngel and Glenn Green have always had a passion for the great outdoors. These passions take them hiking and biking through autumn colours, enjoying wilderness camping, swimming with the fishes, meeting diverse and friendly people, snowshoeing through the woods on chilly winter days, watching the early morning mist on a quiet lake with a cup of coffee, or simply sitting on a patio listening to undiscovered Canadian musicians. As they paddle, they are raising funds and awareness for a local hometown charity, Loving Spoonful, that promotes food security. After enjoying fulfilling office careers, now in retirement they continue to do the things they love: travelling off the beaten path, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and always looking for the next challenge. In her spare time, Carol volunteers to advocate for people with mental health issues, for those who live in poverty, and for causes that support these issues in our society. Glenn has volunteered as a youth softball coach, Scouts Canada leader and currently enjoys participating with several outdoor groups. Carol and Glenn live together in Kingston, Ontario. Between the two of them, they have four grown children and four grandchildren.


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