In June I embarked with five friends on a short open canoe descent of the Lower Madawaska River aka the “Lower Mad”, a classic 40km section of river which is quite easy to get to from major cities in Ontario.
It had been almost 10 years since I had last paddled this section of river in its entirety. Compared to the previous trip water levels were much lower, but unfortunately I cannot say the same about the number of mosquitoes. These buzzing pests were a major challenge on our first evening in camp and really threatened to dampen our enjoyment of the trip. Fortunately our second evenings camping spot had a nice breeze and we were able to enjoy the beautiful weather in peace for the rest of the trip.