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Kenauk Nature Wilderness resort: Safe enough even for me


SPORTING CLAYS IS JUST ONE OF THE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES OPEN TO GUESTS AT KENAUK NATURE. Photo: Fairmont Hotels HISTORIC 18-HOLE GOLF COURSE


Photo: Fairmont Hotels By PETER JOHANSEN Too late, I realize I should have gone


fishing or toured the on-site fish hatchery. Or maybe gone bear watching, nature


hiking, canoeing. Anything but aiming this Browning


20-calibre rifle, a couple of grand worth of firepower, at biodegradable clay pigeons. The last time I held a firearm was at the


height of the Cold War, when being an army cadet was mandatory high school activity. The result of today’s outing turns out pretty much as one might expect under the circumstances. Not pretty. Not pretty at all. In 90 minutes I hit nary a target. Fortunately, I’m under expert supervision


18 BOUNDER MAGAZINE


at Kenauk Nature, a wilderness resort that seems big enough, safe enough, for even the most erratic of marksmen. This vast property, four times the size of Manhattan, lies


splendidly isolated in the rolling Laurentian foothills halfway between Montreal and Ottawa. Established as a seigniory by French


king Louis XIV in 1674, the preserve became part of a private club in the 1930s. Members included royalty, prime ministers and business tycoons. Their mission included conservation. Today Kenauk remains 65,000 secluded


acres of boreal forest, dotted with 60 lakes, 13 cottages sleeping anywhere from two to 18 guests, and all manner of wildlife: moose and mink, beavers and grouse, endangered Cerulean warblers. A third of the staff just happen to be


biologists or other wildlife specialists, including general manager Bill Newell, who’s been here three decades.


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