Portage trails are as much a part of a canoe trip as a paddle. Some trails are easy to navigate as you trundle along with your supplies, other trails; however, are brutal on the body and mind.
Boulder and root strewn with steep inclines and declines, these trails will test the most experienced trippers.
A misstep on a portage trail could potentially end your trip or worse, leave you wondering how you are ever going to get out of the bush.
There are other hidden dangers though, like the camouflaged wasp nest shown in this video. These nests are made from the pulp of dead trees. Wasps and hornets masticate the pulp into paper which blends perfectly in with the forest.
The nest shown in this video was built at the exact height of a canoe bow if it were being portaged, that means you could bump into it and find yourself running for your life from hornets which have awesome eyesight and can fly at well over 30 kilometers per hour - you will never outrun them.
The secret to having a great trip is to be aware of everything around you. After all, that is why we do what we do.
Please don't destroy these nests when you find them, take some photos and keep on walking, the paper makers will not bother you.
They live there, we are only visiting.