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Carly Dow: Music from the Canoe

4 Oct

A unique wilderness residency yields inspiration and new insights for Canadian singer songwriter Carly Dow. Her music both reveals and reflects the raw Yukon River surroundings. More…

New Trip Log: One Portage to Quetico

2 Oct

Five friends embark on their first trip to the Quetico, after an inspiring visit to Canoecopia….”The temperature was dropping quickly, wind was whipping in from the southwest, and the sky was looking ominous. The forecast had been right—we were in for a big storm… More >

Canoeing from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean

8 Sep

  They paddled 5,200 miles, over 244 days, from their launch in Buras, Louisiana to Nunavut on the Arctic Ocean. Six adventurers set out to paddle North America, experience the continent from the perspective of the canoe, and record their observations. They experienced inevitable weather and ice delays, as well as the amazing generosity of […]

New Book: On Top of a Boulder: Notes from Tyrrell’s Cairn

22 Apr

Longtime Arctic paddler Brian Johnston is inspired by a famous rock pile, or cairn, in the barrenlands near the headwaters of the Dubawnt. It was constructed by J.B. Tyrrell in 1893, who left a note in a jar to commemorate his journey – it was a moment when he and his brothers were short of food, and had to decide whether to turn for home, or venture further north…

Dreaming of Paddling the Far North?

18 Mar

Join us at the Far North Symposium this Saturday in Saint Paul Minnesota! Get inspired by canoeists who have tested the coldest waters and paddled alongside muskox and tundra. Presentations: Bear Paulson – Snake River, Yukon, Canada Kate Ellis/Bob O’Hara – Colville River Canoe Expedition, Alaska Tessa Olson, Kari Smerud – Eight Rivers North Expedition, […]

Dropping a Canoe 100 feet – New TuffStuff by Nova Craft Canoe

9 Jan

Hold your breath as our friends at Canada’s premier canoe-maker Nova Craft drops a gorgeous new canoe 100 feet to see if it would survive and still be seaworthy. Here’s what they say about it: “To further test the strength of our newest composite canoe material, TuffStuff Expedition, we decided to drop a canoe from […]

Trip Report: Paddling the Bloodvein River

3 Jan

Four paddlers traverse a historic river from Woodland Caribou Provincial Park to the Atikaki Wilderness – highlights include pictographs, outstanding whitewater, stunning waterfalls and more… Trip Overview This trip can be broken into two major segments: headwaters and downriver. The headwaters segment of the trip is about 45 miles and can be characterized as a […]

6 Paddlers, Eight Rivers, 900 Miles

7 Jul

Follow six paddlers as they canoe over 900 miles on eight river systems north to the Hudson Bay and the barren lands of Nunavut… MORE >