When Caryn Colman and Francis Boyes left Toronto, baby
in tow, for the Canadian wilderness in northern Ontario
in 1994, they quickly realized that their quiet Temagami
wilderness lodge attracted the most fascinating people.
Guests visit from all over the world, but they have lots
in common: all believe in the healing power of nature,
appreciate local cuisine, and take pleasure in non-mechanized
wilderness adventure. Smoothwater is all about ecotourism.
is a co-creator, chef, canoe guide, and artist at Smoothwater
in Temagami. Lest we not forget, also mum, wife, and patron
of animals. Caryn wears many hats managing the wilderness
lodge and developing the many creative
arts and wellness programs.
Co-creator Francis has been canoe tripping all
his life. He is an ORCKA
Canoe Tripping Instructor and
serves that organization as a board member. He is also
a founding director of Friends of Temagami, a local conservation
organization, and serves on Temagami’s local citizens’ committee
that advises the Ministry of Natural Resources on forest
management planning. Francis can tell you almost anything
about the political arena in Temagami. Day to day, Francis
teaches canoeing and wilderness skills, constructs buildings,
repairs canoes, maintains cross-country
ski trails, and
communes with the office computers.
Smoothwater’s history goes back to 1984 and its founders
Hap and Trudy Wilson. Caryn and Francis continue to advocate
for conservation and the environment. They share their passions
and the wilderness lodge with their now teenaged daughter
Emily, and are surrounded by cats, dogs and the occasional
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