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Dan Caldwell field tests Spade Kayaks' Ace

Review: Spade Kayaks' First River Runner

To call a spade a spade is to tell it like it is. Some people might be offended by this straight talk and consider you…

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Boat Review: Silverbirch Covert 9.3

Boat Review: Silverbirch Covert 9.3

Last fall, Steve Childs, the designer and owner of Silverbirch Canoes, called and said he’d snuck the very first Covert into the country and asked…

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Boat Review: Dagger's New Nomad

Boat Review: Dagger's New Nomad

If you're like me, you’ve got a favorite hoodie and pairs of pants and shoes that you never want to let go of. You’re comfortable…

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Boat Review: Liquidlogic Braaap

Boat Review: Liquidlogic Braaap

As a farm kid who grew up with dirt bikes and ATVs, I had a hunch where Liquidlogic’s strange new boat name came from. A…

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Boat Review: Echoee by Echo Paddles

Boat Review: Echoee by Echo Paddles

I'm sitting in my boat clenching my fists and shivering. It’s a rainy May afternoon, a week into a 10-day solo canoe instructor course. Lined…

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Boat Review: Pyranha Burn III

Boat Review: Pyranha Burn III

When Hollywood has a hit movie it’s almost expected that a sequel and sometimes even a trilogy will follow. It’s a risky strategy that doesn’t…

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Boat Review: Jackson Kayak Rogue 10

Boat Review: Jackson Kayak Rogue 10

When I hear someone described as a rouge I conjure up an image of a trail worn cowboy with a rough and tough exterior that…

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Boat Review: Nova Craft Prospector 16 TuffStuff

Boat Review: Nova Craft Prospector 16 TuffStuff

Nobody in the last six months has called me asking how the Nova Craft Canoe Prospector 16 paddles. Not a single outfitter, guide, instructor or…

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Boat Review: Pyranha Fusion L

Boat Review: Pyranha Fusion L

Some children look like a perfect mix of their parents, while others seem to resemble one more than another. While Pyranha’s crossover does have some…

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Boat Review: Dagger Kayaks Katana 10.4

Boat Review: Dagger Kayaks Katana 10.4

We’ve learned over seventeen years of doing boat testing and shootouts that testers compare all boats in the test to their own personal boat or…

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Video: Kevin Callan Asks If Wilderness Still Exists

Video: Kevin Callan Asks If Wilderness Still Exists

In 2012 Kevin Callan and Kip Spidell went on two seperate two-week canoe trips in Quetico Provincial Park asking paddlers if they thought wilderness still…

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Kevin Callan's Favorite Canoe Route

Kevin Callan's Favorite Canoe Route

I’ve spent a good portion of my life telling paddlers where to go. So, you might think that after producing almost a dozen guidebooks, countless…

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Natural Healing

Natural Healing

The black flies and lengthy portages weren’t Jason’s biggest enemy. It was his drug addiction that plagued him. I found him halfway along the portage…

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Butt End: First Blind Date

Butt End: First Blind Date

On the fourth day of 20 spent paddling and portaging around Algonquin Park, my buddy Andy insisted I sign an agreement that let him plan…

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Video: Kevin Callan's Early Love for the Canoe

Video: Kevin Callan's Early Love for the Canoe

Kevin Callan's interview with the folks behind Canoe: Icon of the North was only shown in part in the completed film. Now, you can watch…

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Keeper of the Flame: Optimism for Future Wilderness Enthusaists

Keeper of the Flame: Optimism for Future Wilderness Enthusaists

I’m a worrier. I know this because my 11-year-old daughter tells me so. It might be some type of genetic disposition I’ve been cursed with.…

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Canoe: Icon of the North Released

Canoe: Icon of the North Released

Symbolically and functionally, the canoe is many things to the people of Canada, in addition to it being a major element in Canadian history and…

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Butt End: Real Life Ghost Story

Butt End: Real Life Ghost Story

Being afraid of heights or terrified of circus clowns is one thing, but being afraid of sleeping in the woods is another. That’s more serious.…

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Video: The Happy Camper Paddles Georgian Bay

Video: The Happy Camper Paddles Georgian Bay

Kevin Callan, the Happy Camper and regular Canoeroots columist, and his paddling buddy Andy head out on an 8-day canoe trip along the eastern coast of…

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Butt End: The Agony and the Ecstasy

Butt End: The Agony and the Ecstasy

The music died for Don McLean in 1959 when rock legend, Buddy Holly, died in a plane crash. The day the music died for me…

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Butt End: The Yuk Yuk Man

Butt End: The Yuk Yuk Man

It wasn’t the shoddy khaki safari suit he was wearing. It wasn’t the matching knock-off Tilley hat. It might have been the rude sexual remarks…

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Butt End: Carry On Glamping

Butt End: Carry On Glamping

  Imagine waking up to the smell of a cinnamon-spiced double latte, rolling over in your silk-lined sleeping bag and browsing through the latest issue of The…

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Butt End: The Masochist's Guide to Portaging

Butt End: The Masochist's Guide to Portaging

A truly laborious portage isn’t characterized by steepness of grade or total length. It’s what blocks your way that defines how punishing it will be.…

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Butt End: Lost and Found

Butt End: Lost and Found

I like to keep a relaxed pace when I trip, but that afternoon we couldn't get our dawdling daughter through the portage quickly enough. The…

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Video: Around Killarney with Kevin Callan

Video: Around Killarney with Kevin Callan

Here's Kevin's first in a series of videos on his family canoe trip around Killarney Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada. The trip started at the…

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