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If there is one place on earth that gives me a complete sense of detachment from the stresses of daily live and allows me to feel a "oneness" with nature,it is when I take my canoe out on wilderness excursions through whitewater rapids.
This is a friend who accompanied me on a canoe run down the Batiscan river northwest of Quebec City. It is difficult to describe in words how it feels to navigate through such a setting...reading the subtle movement of water over boulders that allows you to choose the best path to thread your canoe through the rocks without the danger of capsizing...to feel you are part of the raging river.
Such beautiful wilderness rivers are being increasingly threatened with society's need for more electrical energy,which translates into more dammed rivers which would transform these rapids into lake reservoirs.What a loss that would be.
The latest attempt to dam this river has been put aside by the government....but who knows when another request will be made.

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