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CANADIAN CANOE CULTUREstream
Why The Iconic De Havilland DHC-2 Will Never Die

This past August, I found myself puddling around the harbor in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. I was on a standup paddleboard painting the hull of…

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Why Children Are Natural Treasure Hunters

A boat load of toys and electronics is not the picture of family canoe tripping that outdoor enthusiast parents envision. We want our kids actively…

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Tumblehome: Confusion of Tongues

In the summer of '67, there were canoes going this way and that way in this nation of rivers for Canada's 100th birthday to show…

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Letting the kids do things themselves - like sanding the canoe decks - is the best way to teach them the skills they'll need as adults.

Tough Love: Providing Skills To The Next Generation of Canoeists

The headline, “Quit Doing These 8 Things for Your Teen This Year if You Want to Raise an Adult” appeared innocuously in my Facebook feed, shared by a…

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Tumblehome: Rethinking the Canoe

A while back, a publisher sent me a manuscript for review that eventually became the book, Inheriting a Canoe Paddle: The canoe in discourses of…

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Mike Ranta's Canoe Denied at Canada's Capital

Barreling down the Ottawa River’s Deschênes Rapids, birchbark hat on tightly, canine friend Spitzii howling into the morning light, solo continent-crosser Mike Ranta was bound…

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Editorial: Land Before Time

The world’s very first trails are found in a cave on Mistaken Point in Newfoundland. In keeping with the sentiments of those who named the…

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Editorial: Parental Guidance

One of my favorite things I get to do here at Canoeroots is prescreen the films entered in our Reel Paddling Film Festival. You’re probably…

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Canoeing Trends As Told by Industry Leaders

Wade Blackwood  Executive Director, ACA "We hear a lot about the exploding popularity of SUP, but I think canoeing is still the gateway drug for…

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Butt End: Princess and the Portage

It was going to take us a good hour to make the big water crossing. The wind was blowing straight into our bow and every…

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Canoeing Myths Busted by James Raffan

After a decade of columns in this space dedicated to the history, heritage, esoterica and minutiae of canoeing, written for paddlers and would-be paddlers, it…

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Expedition Icon: Verlen Kruger

Expedition Icon: Verlen Kruger

Verlen Kruger canoed the full length of the Mississippi River several times over his 82 years. For most people, just one trip would provide bragging…

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Editorial: In the Jungle

On a recent Sunday evening, I was paddling a lazy river. The sky was glowing pink, the cattails golden and dancing in the evening breeze. My only…

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