A calm lake with gentle waves, with an evergreen-covered island in the distance and a sheer wall of evergreens on the left.
Looking out over Lake Kipawa from 3 Seasons’ Camp. Photo courtesy of the author.

In July of 2019, I was in a rut. I had just put myself into considerable debt by earning a master’s degree, and apparently for nothing. It had now been seven months since graduation, and — despite multiple job interviews and promises of employment — I had been unable to secure anything more than seasonal work. I was a failure.

I yearned for a chance to clear my head and decide how to proceed, and I was hoping that a return trip to Lake Kipawa in rural Quebec would be what I required.