If you happen to be near the banks of the Muskoka River in the next couple of days and spot a young paddler and her canine companion be sure to give them a wave and a “thank you”.
Cailan Laine Punnewaert is now well into her third annual long-distance paddle to raise funds for the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. This morning she reached the Muskoka River in Bracebridge after having traversed Lake Muskoka.
“It was the windiest, roughest crossing we’ve ever done,” said Cailan in a social media post this morning. “But now we have days of river paddling.”
Cailan, who is accompanied by her mother and her Shih Tzu, Tinkerbell, launched Sept. 1 on the Moon River and plans to head into the south branch of the Muskoka River today.
Then she plans to go on to Huntsville to portage over into the north branch of the orver and come back down again, and eventually to Moon River cottages.
“We don’t know how long it will take but it often comes down to finding spots to camp along the way,” says Cailan. “We estimate it to be about 350 km give or take and about 50 portages with falls and chutes, but this year we are going to remember to count.”
To donate visit “explore with Muskoka girl” on Facebook or go to @aspenvalleywildlifesanctuary and find the donation to Cailan’s paddle link on their page.
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