R.I.P. "Uncle" Phil Cotton
 Phil Cotton speaking at the Kitchener Waterloo Canoe Symposium in 2013

Phil Cotton speaking at the Kitchener Waterloo Canoe Symposium in 2013

Sadly 'Uncle' Phil Cotton passed away this weekend (1940-2018). You might know him from his grassroots efforts to map the historical canoe routes and help maintain them in Wabakimi Provincial Park located in Northern Ontario.

 Phil talking at the 2015 Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show

Phil talking at the 2015 Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show

He also urged people to put Wabakimi on their 'bucket list' of places to visit, and enjoy the boreal forest and numerous excellent places to canoe.

 Phil keeping us on the straight and narrow, all the way down 14km long Slim River to Slim Lake. - Photo from the Friends of Wabakimi

Phil keeping us on the straight and narrow, all the way down 14km long Slim River to Slim Lake. - Photo from the Friends of Wabakimi

Most of the people come because they really believe that the canoe routes themselves are of value to our society
— Phil Cotton