The Meanest Link is a 175-mile homage to Algonquin Outfitters' hardnosed founder, Bill "Mean Dude" Swift. The canoe route connects the company's four Algonquin Park locations, including downtown Huntsville (pop. 19,000). Tackling this 93-portage suffer-fest is the surest way to gain instant credibility in Canada's canoe-tripping heartland. Current record: nine days. — Conor Mihell
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This story will appear in the June 2015 issue of Canoe & Kayak.