We worked on designing a
graphically rich e-zine and with the support of other
outdoorsy types, got it ready to launch. The original
site became public in April 2001. Less than two months
later, our home and business in Guelph, Ontario, burned
to the ground in an electrical fire. Thankfully, nobody
was hurt in the blaze but it was a major setback for
us emotionally and for my business, GJ Studios, which
oversees the creation of OAC.
In 2007, we moved operations to beautiful Brant County, Ontario, along the picturesque Grand River. I set out, with valuable input from our team and our readers, to redesign the look of OAC to mark our 10th anniversary.
The trail to success was a long winding and rugged one but here we are, a decade later, with one of Canada's most popular outdoor publications. We still love backpacking, canoeing, day hiking and camping. We have met some wonderful folks through annual gatherings and had the pleasure of connecting with some inspiring individuals. I hope that the passion we have for the outdoors comes through in the new design and that you enjoy reading OAC as much as we do writing it.
Who knows what the next ten years will bring? One thing I do know it will be an adventure, it always is.
masthead photo courtesy corbis.com