The lookout tower at Baker's Narrows, Manitoba, on a snowy October day.

Snowstorms and last sleeps

Outside it’s snowing heavily – the second great snowfall we’ve had in a week. Inside it’s warm and bright. There’s wine, and the wood stove smells sweet and familiar, like my grandparents’ kitchen. It dries our boots and mittens, and keeps Sage the Dog warm. Ingi and I sit on separate couches. He reads, I…

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Q & A with the trapper

The agreement when I first met Ingi was a three-day minimum interview, and there had to be a dialogue. I spent a week on the lake in May. Ingi told everyone around that a journalist was coming to take pictures of the Investment of a Lifetime – a publicly funded outhouse (seriously) at Neso Lake.…

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On inspiration and showers in the bush

My bags are packed, I’m ready to go, and I’m leaving with a full heart and an excited spirit, with snickerdoodles, peaches and jam my friend Jax made (check out her blog and thank me later), boozy cherries and pickled carrots from another friend, three crystals and a smudge stick from a good soul, and…

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It’s all a tradeoff

Ingi says, “everything in life is a tradeoff.” Every moment spent fighting is a moment you could spend loving, every day spent working a job you abhor is one you could spend cultivating your passion, and for every swipe of your phone’s touchscreen and immersion into a virtual reality, you miss the good stuff happening…

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I was once adopted by a trapper

Ingi and I were fast friends. We met on Christmas morning in a duplex living room filled with families – and friends that are like family – coloured lights a-twinkling, bright light pouring through the windows, the joyful kind of Christmas every soul who is separated from their relatives by vast distances hopes to have…

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A plan for the outrageous

There’s a man – middle aged by common standards – living on the land of the Canadian Shield in northern Manitoba who says he chooses to live outrageously. Spend half an hour with him at a camp that’s worth $47 million to him but significantly less to society, or in a boat labeled ‘G.E.C.’ (Good…