A slide show, “Wilderness Canoeing When You’re Almost Too Old To,” is to be presented by Paul and Cynthia Stancioff on Sunday, Oct. 2, in Chesterville. The Stancioffs are shown canoeing on Pickerel Lake, Quetico Provincial Park, Ontario. Submitted photo

CHESTERVILLE — A slide show, “Wilderness Canoeing When You’re Almost Too Old To,” is scheduled to be presented by Paul and Cynthia Stancioff at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Chesterville Center Union Meeting House, 3 Borough Road.

Now in their 60s, the couple have undertaken canoeing/fishing trips in the contiguous wilderness preserves of northern Minnesota and western Ontario numerous times over the past four decades, most recently in July, according to a news release from Cynthia Hoeh Stancioff.

Acknowledging the questionable need to travel so far when they live in a state full of lakes, they nonetheless maintain that the drive to Quetico Provincial Park and Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Area is worth the trouble because of the quality and scale of the wilderness experience.

While the Stancioffs’ trips have always involved fishing, canoeing and portaging (carrying all gear from lake to lake), they avoided portaging on their most recent trip because of physical limitations. Nevertheless, they say the trip was as worthwhile as ever in terms of their objectives, which include getting away from stress, detaching from society, catching fish, and relaxing fully immersed in nature.

Their presentation will include tips for provisioning a 10-12 day trip in a low-tech, low-cost, high-enjoyment manner, even if people are feeling a bit past their best-if-used-by date. The event is free and open to all.

The meeting house is accessible to those with mobility impairments. The non-profit organization is funded by donations and the occasional competitive grant award.

For more information, call 207-778-3513 or visit chestervillemeetinghouse.org.


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