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QUOTE OF THE MONTH:
"May what I do flow from me like a river,
no forcing and no holding back,
the way it is with children. "
Rainer Maria Rilke
Off to Belize again to do some river and sea kayak guiding
for a month or so. Come the end of March the Canadian season
starts again, and 2017 is going to be another big one. Super
excited to be guiding some of my favourite trips again,
including a two-week sea kayak expedition in the Great Bear
Rainforest on BC's North Coast and a 13-day whitewater canoe
expedition on the Mountain River in the NWT!
Taking a break at the end of June to race in the first ever
World Distance Outrigger Canoe Championships. I'll be
steering Team Canada's Open Women's crew in Tahiti! Training
hard despite the nasty winter weather here on the coast.
2017 WORK SCHEDULE (as of January 2017 - more trips TBA):
Guiding two Wild Women Expeditions (WWE)/ Island Expeditions trips
Jan. 28 to Feb. 19, Moho River and Southern Belize Cayes
Teaching TRU Sea Kayak 2 (SKGABC AOG/ PC LEVEL 2) Course
March 23 - 31, Circumnavigation of Quadra Island
Teaching Moving Water Canoe Instructor Course
April 7-9 and 14-16, Strathcona Park Lodge/Gold River
Teaching SKILS (SKGABC AOG/ PC LEVEL 2)Sea Kayaking Course
April 29 - May 7, Ucluelet and Clayoquot Sound, West Coast Vancouver Island
Teaching Wild Women Expeditions (WWE)/ Adventuress Sea Kayaking sea kayak and camping skills course
June 12 - 13, Barkley Sound, West Coast Vancouver Island
Guiding WWE/ Adventuress Broken Group Islands sea kayak trip
June 14 - 16, Broken Group Islands, West Coast Vancouver Island
Guiding WWE/ Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures Great Bear Rainforest sea kayak expedition
July 5 - July 18, Bella Bella to Klemtu, North Coast of BC
Guiding Canoe North Adventures Mountain River canoe trip
July 26 - August 7, Sahtu Region, Northwest Territories
Guiding two WWE/ Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures sea kayak trips
August 14 - 28, Gwaii Haanas, Haida Gwaii, BC
Guiding SKILS/Greenwood School sea kayak trip
September 7 - 14, Clayoquot Sound, West Coast Vancouver Island
PRESS and REVIEWS: Northern British Columbia Canoe Trips: Volume One and Volume Two
Conor Mihell, Canoe and Kayak -- Archer's latest guidebook, Northern British Columbia Canoe
Trips: Volume Two, resonates with passion and experience. This chunky 370-page book covers seven river
trips in exhaustive detail. See Reading the River for the complete interview and review.
The Port Hole, The Canadian Power and Sail Squadron's official publication -- A can't-put-down series
of books. Click here to read the entire review.
April Link, RCABC Newsletter, Summer 2009 -- This is an enthusiastic guidebook that manages to speak
to the trained paddler and still include options and necessary information for novices...both easy to
navigate and explicit in details. Click here to read the entire review.
Larry Pynn, The Vancouver Sun -- This is the most detailed paddling guidebook I've ever
seen....The book contains information on the natural and human history of the areas paddled
and meticulous rapid-by-rapid accounts of what to expect on the rivers, complete with grid
reference coordinates that can be plotted on topographic maps or GPS units.
Heather Kerr, Outpost -- ...have resulted in field guides that literally bring to life what was
previously uncharted territory.
Barbara Braidwood, canada.com -- Laurel Archer's book, Northern B.C. Canoe Trips: Volume One, is like
having a 20-year veteran canoeing buddy along but without the quirks and foibles. With this book you
don't have to sit downwind of off-key humming all day or put up with sardine and onion sandwiches just
to have the company of someone with knowledge of the river. Click here to read the entire review .
Lori Henry, Suite 101.com -- Laurel Archer takes a stab at the limitless canoeing trips in the province
in this first volume. I love the detailed information, maps and "Trip Notes" that are scattered throughout
the book. Northern BC can be a remote place for first timers and this is a great guide to follow when
planning canoeing trips in the area. I don't think there's another book like it.
Alan Thomson, Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club Newsletter, February 2009 -- ...I liked the layout, beginning
with the general environment of Northern BC....The language is direct and flows well - no hyperbole or
dramatics. Click here to read the entire review.
PRESS and REVIEWS: Northern Saskatchewan Canoe Trips: A Guide to 15 Wilderness Rivers
The Globe and Mail -- "...and obviously knows her turf. This guide is filled
with route descriptions and practical details such as required topographic maps,
best time to go, special equipment needed, nature of rapids, hazards and best
campsites. Best of all, Archer references her descriptions to map coordinates."
The Winnipeg Free Press -- "Archer also has a keen sense of what real-life
paddlers -- as opposed to macho endurance heroes -- want out of a wilderness trip:
she rates all her rivers for solitude, historical significance and wildlife-
viewing and fishing opportunities, as opposed to merely length and difficulty."
The Star Phoenix -- "The result is a highly detailed guide-book, written in a
personal, conversational style. Like a friend sharing a well-kept secret,
along with plenty of good advice...."
Nastawgan -- "Archer's writing style is engaging and personal; she has produced
a fine book that's not only packed with wonderful things, but a pleasure to read too. It
sets a good example of what other guidebooks to wilderness canoe tripping should look
like. A lovely book to have, to use, and also to dream with."
Che-mun -- "This Boston Mills effort follows the format and produces a clean,
well-written and well-illustrated river guide on 15 rivers....Laurel Archer is a very
accomplished paddler who has been many places in her 39 years and written for many
leading outdoor mags. We look forward to another of her fine well-written and researched
Kanawa -- "The book speaks of an author who really knows canoeing. The important
information paddlers look for is all there, in a text that is compelling written and
Rapid Mag's Canoeroots -- "This book is 240 pages of secrets. You'd be a fool
not to read it and crazy not to go."
Rural Roots -- "This book is primarily designed for the active canoeist but
the dreamer or couch potato will find it a good read, too. The author's writing style
and her personal experience with the rivers allow your imagination to take you down
some of the wildest rivers in Saskatchewan without getting wet.... This book in format,
content and style has a lot going for it, even if you never brave the Wathaman or
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