Jerry Schindelheim’s love of kayaking began on the holiday he took to Newfoundland in the late ’90s, when he spent more than two weeks kayaking in the wake of icebergs by day and camping at night, which he describes as “the best vacation I’ve ever had.”
Perhaps it was the skills he’d developed during a childhood spent canoeing since childhood, but the Ottawa-area mortgage agent took to the sport almost immediately, and upon his return, picked up his own kayak for $200.
In the years since, kayaking become a part of life that Schindelheim fits wherever he can: in the hour between dropping the kids at school and arriving at work, between client meetings and at lunch. “Other people go to the gym during lunch; I kayak,” he says. “My kayak is on the roof of my car the whole summer.”