Carol and Bruce Hodgins began leading canoe trips in 1957 for Camp Wanapitei on Lake Temagami in Northern Ontario, initially to the great rivers of that region and on into Quebec. Their first venture north of 60 found them on the South Nahanni, soon to be followed by the Coppermine River, and by the 1990s their annual tripping took them to the Soper River on Baffin Island. included with their richly descriptive accounts of wilderness travel with groups of people, are kayak adventures in Baja California, Mexico, and the Queen Charlottes, paddling in and near the Everglades and explorations on Heritage rivers in the Maritimes and along the coast of Newfoundland.
Few have personally experienced the breadth of wilderness travel in Canada as have the Hodgins husband-and-wife team. Their fifty years as "paddling partners," a legendary achievement, is a story of shared joys, challenges, triumphs and mishaps, delightfully told and augmented by excerpts from daily logs, historical insights and the tidbits of experience gleaned over the years.
Bruce and Carol Hodgins live in Peterborough, where Bruce was professor of History and Canadian Studies at Trent University until his retirement in 1996. He is the author or co-author of a number of books on canoeing and Canadian History. Carol, a former physiotherapist, is the author of two books on nutritious wilderness cooking.
A Memoir, a review of Canadian history, a guide to planning trips as well as excerpts from daily travel logs, Paddling Partners shares the Hodgins lifetime together across the backdrop of the open water.