This story first appeared in the July 2014 issue of Canoe & Kayak.

The beauty of the Peel Watershed affected me deeply when my partner Peter and I explored the Wind River in 2012. I spent that trip in a perennial sense of awe, but also of longing. My heart ached with the feeling that I was experiencing such a magnificent place without my three daughters. One afternoon Peter and I shared our lunch on a ledge high above the river. Taking in the enormity of the Wind River valley, I burst into tears. I told Peter I wasn't coming back to the Peel Watershed without the girls. Then and there our 2013 family holiday was decided…

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