About

Hank (The Canoe Canuck)

Hank Selfie
Hank at Magnetawan River Provincial Park

My name is Hank Meyer. I am a recent Business Technology Management graduate at Ryerson University. From self-taught web design and development in PHP, MySQL, HTML/CSS I have explored my interest in creating these websites.

I am an avid canoeist and outdoor enthusiast and I put my skills to the test with a website named the Canoe Canuck, a canoe tripping resource. I have worked on a project for my local community with the Carley Community Hall, which establishes an online presence for the community of Carley which did not exist before. Lastly, I built a website called HanksHosts and I use that domain mainly as a sandbox to build anything I find interesting or useful such as the Flash Game Hosting, or (currently) The Movie Database.

About this Site

Ontario is home to some of the nicest rivers and lakes which make for great canoeing and camping. This purpose of this site is to share my outdoor experiences with the world for you to enjoy.  I provide tips from what I have learned in the backcountry, and on the canoe trip logs you can find some interesting accounts of trips I’ve taken. This website includes videos I’ve recorded in the field embedded from my YouTube channel: CanoeCanuckTV on the videos section.

Site History

This site has gone through a number of stages in its design. Originally I began it as a content management system developed exclusively by myself with a number of designs dating around 2011 to 2013 by me. Over time the content management system I developed lacked the advanced functionality that could be achieved by implementing a system such as WordPress.

CanoeCanuck.com running WordPress on an exclusive design by Hank

As of 2013 the site began running WordPress CMS. At the time I completely designed the site to fulfill the WordPress environment, and one of my favourite designs at that.

By 2017 the design had become outdated as most users view the site on mobile platforms. I took a step back to re-assess what the Canoe Canuck site was all about. It was at this point where I realized that the design of the site is not where the value lies, but it is in the content. This is when I switched the site to a predesigned WordPress theme. Although I have significantly modified the twenty seventeen theme, originally designed by WordPress.  From now on the Canoe Canuck site is more focused on content, and my design and development hobby has its place on HanksHosts, my open sandbox website to create, design and develop with freedom.

Contact Information

Thanks for checking out the site! I’m open for feedback or suggestions. I value information privacy so feel free to contact me directly. Alternatively drop a comment on any of the posts and pages throughout the site. I look forward to hearing from you 🙂

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” – Henry David Thoreau

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