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My sandal and shoe of choice these days. I've emailed many companies over the years in search of product support and almost none of them ever get back to me. I was so happy when the owner of XERO shoes
responded and immediately offered to send me a pair of these amazing lightweight hiking shoes and these perfect for traveling, running, and living in sandals. What impressed me most about Xero is that their shoes come with a 5000 mile guarantee. They also support the Tarahumara Children's Hospital Fund. Very fitting as the Tarahumara are a big source of inspiration behind the modern barefoot/minimalist running craze. I'm sold. p.s. If you click on any of these links you will also support me with 10% of your purchase. We all win! Win win win win.
I have been a member of Mountain Equipment Co-Op since I first ventured out of the city. Almost all of the gear I use has come from MEC. "MEC strives to make great products that lessen our impact on the environment and improve the lives of people we touch.... As a business – and as people – we operate with integrity and show respect for each other and the environment. For over 40 years we've been dreaming big and demonstrating the best of what business can be in our society."
Jagasilk has focused on fresh-milled maccha green tea and its tools since 2005. They are a teabar, a wholesaler and a tea academy based out of Victoria, BC, Canada. They believe in beauty, balance and ethical business and I love their tea!
I was so happy to be paddling a lightweight and fast canoe from Toronto to Blind River! Since 1961, Algonquin Outfitters has been providing quality Algonquin Park back-country adventures for the entire family. We specialize in all inclusive guided canoe trips, light weight canoe rentals, and camping packages designed to suit your needs.
Founded in 1987, by Marie Hutchinson and Harold Aune, Whitehall was first to produce all water sculling boats with slide seat rowing systems, usually found in a racing shell, with the famous Whitehall, renowned for safe efficient rowing in wind and waves. I rowed a Tango 17 with their employee Diane, from Victoria BC, to Port Angeles WA.
I pogo sticked 10km across Winnipeg. Every hop made me smile and perhaps helped prevent any injuries. Boing! Check out flybar.com to see what the new sticks can do!
Rock City Cycles formerly known as Oak Bay Bikes Nanaimo. 10th year of business. We carry entry level to pro level bikes. They hooked me up with some much needed new tires and tuning.
ROUTES OF CHANGE SUPPORTERS:
OAR Northwest is a Seattle, USA based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit adventure education organization, exploring the world’s water under human power, delivering innovative STEM curriculum to classrooms online and through school visits, and performing research from their vessel of opportunity. I was a crew member on the CWF Africa to the Americas Expedition, the CWF Salish Sea Expediton, and Adventure: Mississippi River. I'm forever grateful for their support in helping me get to where I am. Hopefully Routes of Change will team up with OAR for a leg of the journey. www.oarnorthwest.com
Tofino Bus Island Express is a locally owned Vancouver Island bus company that offers daily scheduled passenger service as well as charter bus services. Based in beautiful Tofino, B.C., they provide daily transportation to Tofino, Ucluelet and Port Alberni from Parksville, Nanaimo, Vancouver and Victoria. Tofino Bus has helped me in my dream to not own a vehicle until they can fly and run on a sustainable energy source. Being car-free certainly has not restricted me from traveling and in fact has enabled me to save more money in order to travel. Get on the Bus! or even better, the bike!
Charles K Williams (Charlie green) is a self taught, Canadian-American visual artist born Calgary, 1977. Williams has been creating passionately and prolifically for the last two decades. He began in the streets of Toronto in the late 90s, with the body of work 'Los Totems'. Williams relocated to Brooklyn circa 2007, and has expanded his practice to include abstract and décollage works that are strongly rooted in the aesthetics of post graffiti, graffiti removal and the weathered surfaces of the concrete jungle. His inspirations include stewardship of earth, omniscience, impermanence, the human encounter with life and death and his own daily search for beauty.
Tashii Paddle School is a local First Nations (Tla-o-qui-aht) owned and operated business. We specialize in outdoor education including first national cultural interpretation, paddle instruction, and tours that explore a variety of areas in Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks. They joined me for SUP down the Kennedy River on Vancouver Island!