Singer-song­writer Chan­tal Kreviazuk shares why the lake coun­try north of Toronto in­spires her

Canadian Geographic - - CONTENTS - —As told to Aaron Kylie

Be­ing at the lake in On­tario’s cot­tage coun­try is par­tic­u­larly spe­cial for me. My sum­mer can­not go by with­out a visit to the woods and rock of On­tario, par­tic­u­larly my fam­ily’s spot near Hal­ibur­ton. It’s a home base for us, though vis­its to friends’ homes in Muskoka, near Ge­or­gian Bay and at Lake Joseph, are in­evitable, too. As a kid, go­ing to Kenora and the sur­round­ing lake ar­eas was an in­cred­i­ble treat, and I’ve never lost my love of wildlife, from moose to herons, which de­vel­oped there. I used to go up north with my hus­band, but now it’s a tra­di­tion we share with our kids, and our place near Hal­ibur­ton is sim­i­lar. I hear the loons. I see the path lined with trees out to the road from the front door. The kids fish and kayak and run around free and hunt for lizards and in­sects. They get to be kids in their won­der­ment. It’s re­ally im­por­tant to me to visit ev­ery year. Be­ing there helps me com­pletely shut down my busy life, and I be­come still. It makes me feel truly alive and present. Any yearn­ing for ma­te­rial things seems to stop, and I’m at peace. I gain per­spec­tive and can jump back into my hec­tic life with grat­i­tude and re­newed in­spi­ra­tion af­ter my visit. As an artist, I need to shed the lay­ers of pro­jec­tion and ex­pec­ta­tion that build up over time, and see what presents it­self … what truly in­spires me. This place al­lows that to hap­pen. I get back to a sim­ple me that can get lost in the chaos of travel and per­form­ing. I am trans­formed by the iso­la­tion and pri­vacy, the beauty of na­ture. That’s what al­ways brings me back home to the lake.


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