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Paddling Lake Superior's Rossport Islands

One of our favorite places to introduce canoeists to Lake Superior is the Rossport Islands. The largest archipelago on the largest lake on the planet…

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The Owl in the Pines: Ray Mears and His Childhood Hero

It’s just an ordinary beaver lodge—a dome-shaped mass of sticks plastered with mud. It’s situated on a small pond, halfway down the Wakimika River in northern…

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Canoe Rescue: Capistrano Flip

When paddling without other boats nearby, a capsize means self-rescue. If close to shore, it may be possible to swim in, pulling your swamped canoe…

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Spirit Land begins filming

White Pine Pictures announced on Friday that principal photography has begun on their newest feature documentary Spirit Land: In Search of the Group of Seven.…

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Trips: Canoeing the Great Lakes

This article about a young family's voyage by canoe along the Great Lakes' coastline was first pulished in the 2003 issue of Canoeroots and Family…

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Skill: Paddle Your Canoe Silently

Silence your stroke and paddle more efficiently with this technique advice from Joanie McGuffin, published in Canoeroots and Family Camping magazine.  Whether you’re sneaking up…

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Perfect Your Pry Canoe Technique

This article on how to perfect your pry stroke was originally published in Canoeroots and Family Camping magazine. All pries use the paddle shaft as…

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Group of Seven Painting Sites: Then and Now

After canoeing across Canada, around Lake Superior and through the wildest reaches of northern Ontario, acclaimed photojournalists Gary and Joanie McGuffin are now getting their…

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Skills: Hang Ten

If you think you need a floral shirt, bleached hair and Californian accent to surf you are wrong. Surfable standing waves form whenever fast-flowing water…

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The Tandem Sideslip

A sideslip is an elegant way to shift your canoe sideways while underway. It is an efficient way for both solo and tandem paddlers to…

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Skills: The Canoe 'C' Stroke

The C stroke is a good start-up stroke for soloists to get a canoe moving forward in a straight line. It’s so-named because it’s a…

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Skills: Tandom Onside Eddy Turn

Eddies are sanctuaries of calm water formed behind obstacles that disrupt the flow of fast-moving water. When water hits an obstacle, such as a constricted…

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