The Cabin: A Search for Personal Sanctuary

The Cabin A Search for Personal Sanctuary One hundred years ago a young doctor from Cleveland by the name of Robert Newcomb travelled north to a place called Temagami It was as far north as one could travel by any modern means Beautiful bey

  • Title: The Cabin: A Search for Personal Sanctuary
  • Author: Hap Wilson
  • ISBN: 9781897045053
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Paperback
  • One hundred years ago, a young doctor from Cleveland by the name of Robert Newcomb, travelled north to a place called Temagami It was as far north as one could travel by any modern means Beautiful beyond any simple expletive, the Temagami wilderness was a land rich in timber, clear water lakes, fast flowing rivers, mystery and adventure Newcomb befriended the local AborOne hundred years ago, a young doctor from Cleveland by the name of Robert Newcomb, travelled north to a place called Temagami It was as far north as one could travel by any modern means Beautiful beyond any simple expletive, the Temagami wilderness was a land rich in timber, clear water lakes, fast flowing rivers, mystery and adventure Newcomb befriended the local Aboriginals the Deep Water People and quickly discovered the best way to explore was by canoe Bewitched by the spirit of an interior river named after the elusive brook trout, Majamagosibi, Newcomb had a remote cabin built overlooking one of her precipitous cataracts.The cabin remained unused for decades, save for a few passing canoeists it changed ownership twice and slowly began to show its age The author discovered the cabin while on a canoe trip in 1970 Like Newcomb, Hap Wilson was lured to Temagami in pursuit of adventure and personal sanctuary That search for sanctuary took the author incredible distances by canoe and snowshoe, through near death experiences and Herculean challenges Secretly building cabins, homesteading and working as a park ranger, Wilson finally became owner of The Cabin in 2000.Artist, author and adventurer, Hap Wilson is perhaps best known for his ecotourism travel guidebooks He has led over 300 wilderness expeditions in Canada, and served as actor Pierce Brosnan s personal outdoor trainer for the feature film Grey Owl This is a complex and fascinating story, beautifully told At first, it draws us in because the author appears to be living the life we all dream of a simpler life, close to nature, free from the stress and strain of our consumer culture But the reality, with its myriad challenges, is what holds our attention and gives the book its substance Judith Ruan, Muskoka Magazine

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    1. In 1931 two buildings of significance were constructed, so David Hap Wilson tells us The Cabin A search for personal sanctuary, Natural Heritage Press, 2005 One was the Empire State Building in New York City the other, located one thousand miles away in Northern Ontario, was a small log cabin deep in the Temagami wilderness two disparately different buildings The Empire State Building, pretentious in its almost obscene dimension, the Mammon built on the back of a nation in economic and social ru [...]

    2. Everything I read about Temagami makes me want to go back it s so cool to read the history of the area, and learn about the river, and the falls that we portaged over we didn t stay in the cabin, but we went by it

    3. Light, interesting read that appealed to my love of nature and environmental issues.

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