50 Rivers – Bartek Szaro at the halfway point of the project
On May 10, 2021 the project was launched “50 Rivers”, as part of which Bartek Szaro plans to canoe and describe 50 of the most beautiful sections of Polish rivers, as well as promote the responsible use of canoe routes. Szaro continues rafting in the winter and is more or less at the halfway point of his project.
The author of the project, Bartek Szaro, a digital artist (www.paragonpodrozy.pl) and founder of the Modern Tourism Center Foundation, will travel the most interesting sections of Poland’s canoe routes within 1.5 years and create the largest digital database of canoe guides based on the principles of sustainable tourism development.
Rospuda, the last rafting trip of Bartek Szaro in 2021 (fot. Bartek Szaro)
As part of the “50 rivers” project, 50 digital guides on canoe routes will be created, as well as 50 films telling the story of Polish rivers. Gray comments:
For the past four years, kayaking has been my main activity, which I combine with traveling. I believe that Poland has one of the most interesting networks of waterways in Europe, the beauty of which is worth talking about. From this was born the idea for the “50 Rivers” project.
Rospuda, the last runoff in 2021 (photo. Bartek Szaro)
The COVID-19 pandemic has made Poles more and more willing to practice active tourism and try their hand at outdoor sports. There is also a growing interest in kayaking, which is reflected, among other things, in the huge popularity of the most recognized tourist waterways. The project author adds:
I would like to show tourists that the choice of interesting rivers in Poland is really huge, and in addition to Czarna Hancza, Dunajec or Krutynia (although these rivers will certainly be included in the project), there are plenty of smaller, little-known rivers that can prove to be a real discovery.
Rospuda, the last rafting trip in 2021 (fot. Bartek Szaro)
An important part of the project will be to showcase kayaking as an activity that allows for amazing natural observations and at the same time, under certain conditions, is one of the least environmentally invasive ways to practice tourism.