Cross-Canada canoeists make stop here

A pair of canoeists paddling their way across Canada to raise money for the Children’s Wish Foundation spent last weekend in Fort Frances, enjoying a much-deserved two days of rest before continuing east on Rainy Lake on Monday morning.
Toronto natives Clare Cayley and Drew Osborne—both self-described outdoor enthusiasts—hit the water in Rocky Mountain House, Alta. in late April and have been making swift headway across the country ever since.
But they took a break from their gruelling voyage over the weekend, resting, relaxing, and even taking in Saturday night’s festivities at the Sorting Gap Marina in conjunction with the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship.
The canoeists—travelling under the banner “Dare to Dream 2005”—are at about the midway point of their 5,200-km trek, which will wrap up in September in Montreal.
Thus far, their journey has been a fruitful one.
Cayley said donations recently reached about $10,000—much more than she and Osborne had anticipated. All the funds raised go directly to the Children’s Wish Foundation, which grants wished for youngsters suffering life-threatening illnesses.
The duo is travelling unaided in an 18-foot canoe that, when packed with food, supplies, and themselves, weighs about 700 pounds. They are following the route first taken by the voyageurs nearly four centuries ago.
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