A Brief Time in Heaven


What starts as a simple fishing trip becomes a cathartic experience in the untamed wilderness of Ontario’s northwestern canoe country.

A nine-day fishing trip turns into a profound life-altering event and marks the beginning of a lifelong love affair with the untamed wilderness of Canoe Country in northwestern Ontario. Author Darryl Blazino describes how he became entranced by the beauty and wonder of a land that beckoned him back again and again.

This collection of personal stories captures a range of experiences and emotions highlighting the very best and very worst of times gleaned from more than 12 years’ worth of adventures in the great outdoors. Incredible close-up, intimate encounters with wildlife, harrowing brushes with danger, the challenges of wilderness camping with small children, and moments of intense splendour and serenity are told in descriptive detail and illustrated with breathtaking photography.


…a beautifully put together book…

Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal

It’s been more than 50 years since Ely, Minn.-based writer and game-changing conservationist Sigurd Olson’s The Singing Wilderness popularized wilderness tripping by evocatively describing the simple charms of canoe-camping in the Boundary Waters. In the same vein, Blazino makes the Quetico wilderness accessible to readers—creating enthusiasm and making a passionate, first-hand argument for the restorative powers of nature.

(July, 2013)

About the Author

Darryl Blazino

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014
Darryl Blazino photo

Darryl Blazino

Darryl Blazino has explored, camped, and fished on hundreds of lakes over the past two decades and spends nearly 50 days a year pursuing his love of the out-of-doors. His articles and photographs have been regularly published in The Boundary Waters Journal. He lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario.