Firefighter joins son on 300km journey of awareness

Rob Greve (front) and Peter Greve are at the beginning of a 300km trek, (Dan Gray/

Shortly after 8 a.m., two individuals left from Pine Street Marina in Sault Ste. Marie on a journey to Wawa, by water.

Peter and Rob Greve take off from Pine Street Marina for the beginning of their trip to Wawa, August 4, 2021 (Dan Gray/

Peter Greve and his father, Sault Fire Services Platoon Chief, Rob Greve, are tackling a trip of a lifetime, while raising money for Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy. Executive Director of LSWC, Joanie McGuffin, says high-profile events like this are welcomed by the organization.

“It’s absolutely fantastic.  It’s especially fun because Peter has been at the forefront for developing the Canoes for Conservation

The Kayaks wait at Pine Street Marine the morning of August 4, 2021.(Dan Gray/

Program,” said McGuffin. “We feel like it is really something.  With the tremendous uptick in people’s interest in coming to this area,  it gives them something safe, accessible and inclusive to do on the water.”

Peter said the timeline for the journey is somewhat weather dependent, but he does have a rough idea of where they want to be each day. He explained a bit about what having a clean lake means to him and why he wants to bring

The two intrepid Kayakers are “locked up” in the Canadian Locks headed to the big lake, August 4, 2021 (Dan Gray/

awareness to this initiative.

“I think, on one level, there’s recreational value that a lot of people see, and they’re connected to the lake. Already, I’ve been able to talk to so many people who share that passion for the lake,” said Peter. “Then there’s this ecological value that we we derive from the lake. So it means a lot to people to know that they’re wild places out there, where there are plants that grow, that are diverse.  There are different animals that have habitats. And these all add to

Peter Greve gets secured to the Canadian Lock August 4, 2021 (Dan Gray/

the recreation as well, but also add to our lives.”

The Canoes for Conservation Program is aimed at getting people on the water to appreciate all the things that Peter described.

As for his father, there are multiple theories why he chose to join but he’s stayed relatively quiet on the real answer.

According to Peter he wants to spend time with

Rob and Peter leave the lake to continue their journey August 4, 2021 (Dan Gray/

his dad and his dad loves adventure. If you ask Rob, he’s safety-oriented and is there to make sure they don’t become a statistic.

“My son is in amazing shape. This is going to be a challenge but one I’m looking forward to,” said Rob. “It’s a chance to make memories with my kid. Who wouldn’t ask for that.”

The trip by kayak is completely self supported, and any donations in support of LSWC are asked to be made here. 

Stay with SaultOnline as we continue to bring you updates about this story and their progress.



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