July 15, 2015
In late April, landscapers Derek Lippert CLP and JP Bartle of Quiet Nature in Ayr set out on a 275 km canoe trip to raise money for the Grand River Conservation Authority.

Along with more great memories of spending 60 hours on the river, the pair raised over $5,000. This is the fourth year Lippert and Bartle have worked to help raise money for the Authority. To date, the duo has raised over $20,000.

“Everything we have is dependent on the river, from agriculture to flushing toilets. We need to realize this and manage it properly, which is what the GRCA does. It’s an ideal partner,” says Lippert.

The trip began at Dundalk, ending where the Grand flows into Lake Erie at Port Maitland. “There are parts of the river where you’d think you’re someplace in northern Ontario and then there are spots where you’re right in the middle of the city,” says Lippert.