April 1st marks the beginning of a new era for Esprit as we have purchased an additional property to provide a new and improved standard of accommodation to our guests as well as to our region. Formerly owned by our friends Dick and Mary Cunningham the 5 bedroom home with a cottage and a cabin immediately adds year round, comfortable and charming accommodation to Esprits offerings for those that are looking for something more upscale that camping or our hostel. This is a very strategic addition to our adventure offerings in the Pontiac. It gives us the opportunity to immediately
Eastern Canada is blessed with so many amazing rivers. That is why we pride ourselves in running trips on a variety of rivers rather than just the Ottawa. Our spring season started with one of our favourites, Ontario's Magnetawan River. The Mag builds up steam deep within the highlands of Algonquin Provincial Park. It then explodes out of Ahmic Lake and runs wild all the way to Maple Island. Nicknamed "The Bullet" it challenges our guide and adventurers with big rapids, cold water... it is filled with chills and spills. This year we had two great weekends with high water
There are a lot of new, cool advancements on the Swiftwater Rescue Front. Sierra Rescue, owned and operated by our good friends Julie Munger and Abigail Polsby, have amassed an amazing group of river rescue experts to collaborate on keeping their field guide and manual/workbook together. Esprit's Jim Coffey was selected to be a part of this dynamic team of advisors and to contribute to some of the most modern, up to date, state of the art resources for swift water rescue. Get the App! In addition to the field guide and workbook R3-Recue for River Runners has taken another giant
After many attempts over the past few years we have FINALLY launched our new website! It has been an educational, time consuming, sometimes frustrating experience that had been long overdue. Our thanks and gratitude go out to the great folks at Aponia for their diligent work in getting the new website up and running. In particular, Jean Sebastien Comeau for his expertise, attention to detail and ability to guide me, a "technical dinosaur" into the modern age. We also want to give a special "shout out" to our good friend William Fenton who has been our webmaster for many years.
Season finished, gear stored... time to head North. Here we go on our 8th trip driving through Central America! Here is a little about our route. We head north from Sarapiqui towards the Nicaragua Border at Los Chiles. It is a small and quiet border where things move quickly. The Costa Rican side is an ingenious design of refurbished shipping containers. Upon check out of Costa Rica we enter Nicaragua on the east side of Lago Nicaragua. This crossing is very quaint, quiet and smooth particularly in comparison to the west of the lake crossing at Peña Blancas (the craziest
Another season in Costa Rica has come to a close... and what an amazing season it was? We had 7 weeks back to back with trips split between our Rivers and Rainforest trip and our new Agua Pura / Pura Vida trip. We would like to extend a "Thank You" to everyone who joined us this season. We had a season filled with high water which led to an array of challenges that everyone conquered like champions. We are also thrilled to have piloted and run 3 of our new Agua Pura / Pura Vida trips. The Caribbean Coast of