George Luste Lecture – 2018

Date: October 28, 2018
Time: 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

2018 Luste Lecturer Rob Stimpson presents:
Eddy Hopping – Canoe Adventures from Ontario to the Arctic

Come on a visual journey with photographer Rob Stimpson as he takes us down rivers, paddles across lakes, sweating over portages with tales and musings of the great outdoors.

Plus, join us behind-the-scenes for the rare opportunity of an hour-long guided tour of our collections storage centre, with Canadian Canoe Museum Curator Jeremy Ward.

Rob has photographed for Ontario Tourism, Ontario Parks, and Parks Canada for many years, with his stunning images of the beloved land- and water-scapes of this province, country and beyond appearing on the covers of Ontario Parks guides, Canadian Geographic, Explore Magazine, among many others. Awards include a Northern Lights Award from the Canadian Tourism Commission and Best Travel Photography Award from the Ontario Tourism Summit.

Rob Stimpson – Nature Photography

Exclusive back building tour with curator Jeremy Ward

In October 2012 he was nominated for and accepted into the College of Fellows in the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Rob has also co-authored An Artists and Photographers Guide to Wild Ontario and has contributed to numerous other books. Travels have taken him to many places, but his favourites are Antarctica and the Arctic where he has worked as an expedition photographer for One Ocean Expeditions. 
We are thrilled to welcome Rob Stimpson to the Museum to share his adventures behind the lens, and the integral role the canoe has played in his art.



3:30-4:30                  Collections Centre tour with Curator Jeremy Ward Keep your coats on! We’re heading to the unheated back building!

4:30-4:45                  Tea and Coffee available

4:30-5:30                  Luste Lecture with Rob Stimpson

5:30-6:30                  Q&A and refreshments

Museum galleries open for self-guided tour

The Luste Lecture was conceived as a way to bring the Wilderness Canoe Association and the regular participants of its sister initiative the Wilderness Canoe Symposium closer to the Canadian Canoe Museum in celebration of the remarkable lifetime contribution Dr. George Luste made to all three organizations.  As a paddler, publisher, bibliophile and founder of the Wilderness Canoe Symposium, George Luste was a leader in the wilderness canoeing realm for over fifty years.

It is in recognition of George’s huge contribution to canoeing that members of the WCA came together with donations in his honour to create the Luste Lecture in partnership with the Canadian Canoe Museum.

A video of the lecture will be made available to members shortly after the event.

We are grateful for Canoe North Adventures’ co-sponsorship of this year’s George Luste Lecture. 
Canoe North Adventures is an award-winning adventure travel company owned and operated by Al Pace and Lin Ward. It been fulfilling wilderness canoeing dreams since 1987 with Al and Lin’s paddling experience spanning over 30,000 river miles on northern rivers in Yukon, Nunavut and Northwest Territories.

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Past Lecturers

2017 – Wendy Grater

Wendy Grater and Black Feather discussed the Northern Yukon’s 3 sisters; the Bonnet Plumer, Snake and Wind Rivers. Part of the Peel Watershed, these rivers encompass over 68,000 square kilometres of rugged northern wilderness, which is one of the largest unroaded natural areas in the world.  To read more about this event click here.  

2016 – Gwyneth Hoyle

Gwyneth Hoyle talked about her own travails in search of historic heroines, framing these in the context of the Luste Rare Book Donation (an incredible donation to the museum of rare and historic books about canoes, north and adventure) and why this is a significant milestone for the Canadian Canoe Museum’s library and archival collection.To read more about this event click here.  

2015 – Dave Olesen

Author, bush pilot, and wilderness guide Dave Olesen is no stranger to tough terrain. After 15 years of competition as a dog sled racer, he dedicated four consecutive winters to long trips away from his remote Northwest Territories home, following the points of the compass.

2014 – Fred ‘Skip’ Pessl

This year’s Luste Lecture welcomed Fred ‘Skip’ Pessl who gave us his account of a wilderness journey in his new book, Barren GroundsTo read more on this event click here.  

2013 – John Lentz

Author John Lentz presented his wilderness paddling stories in a presentation entitled “Five Decades of Wilderness Paddling: People and Places”. Lentz has logged 21 major Canadian paddling expeditions, plus 2 in Siberia where canoes and catamarans were employed.  To read more on this event click here.