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Wild rendezvous

Last summer, 10 crews of modern-day voyageurs took to 10 rivers that wind through Canada’s boreal forest to raise awareness of the need to conserve the richness of our northern woods (“The Singing Forest,” Canadian Geographic, January/February 2000) Among the paddlers were some of the country’s most talented writers, photographers and performers.

For two weeks this November, some of them will reunite, but this time, they’ll be on stage to tell their stories, read their poetry, show their slides and sing songs about their experiences to audiences across the country.

James Raffan, editor of Rendezvous with the Wild: The Boreal Forest — a book slated to be released in September that documents the journeys — will host the show, “True North, Wild and Free,” in cities from Whitehorse to Montréal.

The principal aim of the series, which is an initiative of CPAWS (Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society) and is supported by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, “is to tell people about the value of the boreal forest,” says Raffan. “It’ll be an evening of stories and fun.”

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