Magazine article Anglican Journal

Grizzlies and Gales Hamper Anglican (Chris Robertson)'s Unity Campaign

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Grizzlies and Gales Hamper Anglican (Chris Robertson)'s Unity Campaign

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Anglican Chris Robertson battled enraged grizzly bears, defied roaring transport trucks and stood firm in the teeth of howling gales to promote Canadian unity during a year-long, 6,000-kilometre mountain bike odyssey from the southernmost to the most northerly points of the country.

Mr. Robertson, 42, of Burlington, Ont., decided to do something to help keep Canada united after attending the Canadian unity rally in Montreal on the eve of the 1996 Quebec referendum. That experience, he said, showed him that a united Canada is a powerful force.

"It was amazing to see Canadians come together in an effort to save the country," said Mr. Robertson, a professional speaker and parishioner of St. Christopher's Anglican Church in Burlington. "There were tens of thousands of Canadians there actually saving Canada.

"I sat down with my family," he said, "and we made a personal decision to do what we can to give my son, James, a united country." Mr. Robertson cashed in some RRSP investments and prepared to make the trek from Point Pelee in southwestern Ontario to Tuktoyaktuk in the Northwest Territories. He left March 1, 1997, and arrived in Tuktoyaktuk on January 7, 1998.

Along the way, he met thousands of Canadians and asked them to examine what they could do to make Canada better. "I met a lot of really kind Anglicans who invited me into their homes, fed me and even offered me the use of their washing machines," he said.

The journey also allowed him to read the Bible from beginning to end for the first time. …

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