Phil Weir was born in downtown Toronto in 1951. Thanks to his family, groups like the Boy Scouts, and summer camps, he escaped the city on treasured trips into the wild, and developed an enduring love of nature and canoeing. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1972, where he met and married Jill McNamee. In 1973 Phil and Jill moved to Ottawa and both eventually became teachers. They had three children, and the family did hundreds of wonderful camping trips together. As a high school teacher Phil always found ways to include Outdoor Education. This was done via field trips, clubs, leading and promoting an O. Ed. credit course, curriculum development and full-time teaching outdoors for five years at the MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre. Now retired from paid teaching, Phil still enjoys encouraging people to know, to understand, and to love the natural world, and their place in it.
- “End of the Portage, A Canoe Memoir” and “Canoeing the Mountain, Gifts from the Waters”, two true Canadian canoeing adventure stories, still available by direct mail from the author. $19.95 each, including free shipping in Canada.
- Wildwaters Publishing presents: “Canoeing the Mountain, Gifts from the Waters” and “End of the Portage, A Canoe Memoir.”
- Mountain River Canoe Trip 1991 Videos NOW ON YouTube :)
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- MEC-Mountain Equipment Co-op, Ottawa. BACKCOUNTRY 101: ‘End of the Portage’ Algonquin Park Experiences with Special Guest Phil Weir – Jun 21 6:30-7:30 pm
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