Each year we give a yearly rundown of some of the biggest news while looking ahead to the next year. Join us as we portage to 2019!
Top 10 Most Read Articles in 2018
Last year’s top articles highlighted new canoe videos, and gear reviews… this year at Traversing.ca, the most read articles were...
#10 - Backcountry Custom Canoes Partners With Ashes Stillwater Boats
What a match made in heaven… Backcountry Custom Canoes making canoes from the designs of Ashes Stillwater Boats.
#9 - Fjällräven Toronto Celebrates Grand Opening
We were delighted when we heard that Fjällräven was finally coming to Toronto. We dropped by the new flagship store just before it’s grand opening to show all the awesome clothing and gear they have to offer the avid outdoors fan.
#8 - Ostrom Outdoors Returns With New Barrel Harness
We were just asking ourselves out loud as to “Whatever happened to the good ol’ Ostrom pack?” when lo and behold… it’s back along with new inserts! The barrels were sure missed!
#7 - Kevin Callan's 'Top 60 Canoe Routes of Ontario' Coming This Spring
Kevin Callan updated his previous book with 10 more routes in our beautiful province, which is a fantastic place to start when looking for the best places to paddle.
#6 - Drunk Canoeing? A Canoe Is Now Considered a 'Vessel' In Canada
Funnily enough this same news article was making headlines in 2017. This time around however, a court case has now designated a canoe an official “vessel” in Canada making it subject to drunk driving laws. This caused quite a stir from both sides of the argument, some saying that it was all about safety and others saying that it would cause too much of a ‘nanny state’ in Canada.
#5 - 2018 Canoeing Photo Contest
We’re delighted to have had our most successful contest ever! Check out some fantastic canoeing photos from coast-to-coast in our beautiful country.
#4 - MSR Hubba NX Tent Series Receiving Updates In 2019
Our favourite summer tent (as glowingly shown in our review) is set to receive new updates in 2019. Lighter Easton Syclone Poles and better weatherproof protection really has everyone excited to try it. Currently MEC has the exclusive on the Hubba Hubba series but these tents will come to all retailers in Canada in 2019.
#3 - New Garmin Explore App Helps You Plan Your Next Trip
Garmin teased a new app was coming with the release of their new GPSMAP 66 series that lets you connect your iPhone or Google device to let you browse maps and plan trips. It currently has an average rating of about 3/5 but has seen quite a few bug updates to make it better. As more handheld GPS units are released/refreshed expect to see the compatibility list grow. Hopefully we’ll see greater compatibility with GPX files too.
#2 - Mark's Now Sells Clothing With Built-In Insect Repellency
#1 - Unlostify Maps Help Simplify Your Backcountry Adventures
So what else happened in 2018?…
We turned eight! Thanks for enjoying our site, your feedback and readership help make us the site we are today.
Sadly, every year we see a few mom & pop outdoors stores close and 2018 was no different. In Ontario, Up The Nipissing (Ancaster), Tent City Outfitters (Vaughan) and Outland Supply Co. (Guelph) closed their doors. If we missed any in other provinces please let us know!)
Perhaps a sign of the time/funding, but Parks Canada stopped offering their annual backcountry pass.
Canada and the U.S. worked together to standardize PFD ratings (Hey! Don’t forget to #AlwaysWearAPFD).