To Fresh Untrammelled Horizons: Sea Kayaking On Lake Superior

The largest of the five Great Lakes is Superior in more than name. The word 'lake' seems inadequate given its immensity. With its 2000km perimeter, Lake Superior is a sea filled with fresh, sweet water. Its largest island, Isle Royale, is nearly half the size of the Isle of Man. To launch a solo sea kayak onto Gitche Gumee (the lake's Ojibwe name meaning 'great sea') is to encounter the raw power and elemental grandeur of nature. Vast stretches of the shoreline remain far removed from the intrusions of civilisation, making it easy to imagine that the earth is newly minted or at least as pristine as it was when Grey Owl explored the “fresh untrammelled horizons” of northwest Ontario's wilderness.

Jay Cochrane: Tightrope walker who became a star in China when he made

Jay Cochrane was a tightrope walker who set several world records. His greatest achievement was in 1995 when he walked more than 700 yards over 400 feet above the Yangtze River in China before a crowd of 200,000 and a live TV audience of 100 million. The feat made him a star in China – he appeared on a Chinese stamp and a school was named in his honour.

Rafael Nadal ruled out of US Open

Former champion Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the US Open with the knee injury that has kept him out of action since Wimbledon.

Woman swept over Niagara Falls

Authorities say a woman is presumed to have drowned after being swept over Niagara Falls when she fell from a railing along the Canadian side of the Niagara River.

Album: Azari & III, Azari & III (Loose Lips)

Set to induce Proustian rushes of amyl nitrate is the debut of this Toronto quartet and its loving homage to early house music. All diva froideur and drum machine snap, it nevertheless transcends pastiche via a pervasive air of murky ambiguity: throughout, euphoria is freighted with anxiety, while straight-arrowed floor-fillers give way to burrowing, curlicuing phantasms. "Tunnel Vision", in particular, is a hypnotic exercise in clubland claustrophobia.

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Chris Haney: Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit

A 1979 game of Scrabble led Chris Haney, picture editor of the Montreal Gazette, and his friend Scott Abbott, a sports journalist with the Canadian Press news agency, to come up with their own board game. Trivial Pursuit, launched two years later, was described by Time magazine as "the biggest phenomenon in game history".

Wet rooms: The world’s most beautiful boathouses

For thousands of years, man has migrated towards the banks of the world's waterways in search of settlement, drawn by the fertile land and ample drinking supplies – not to mention improved conditions for trade, and the possibility of relatively free movement between distant lands. But, as the earliest residents soon discovered, the shore-side life wasn't all plain sailing. Dirty or salty water conditions together with harsh weather – all part and parcel of life in an exposed location – made for some challenging conditions too. The ravaging effect of constant exposure to the elements, for one, posed a serious threat to that vital resource for waterside communities far and wide: their boats.

Canadian war hero charged with sex attacks and murder

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