26 Articles by: Conor Mihell
Auction Block: Bill Mason’s Grumman Canoe

Auction Block: Bill Mason’s Grumman Canoe

Bill Mason called her “Queen Mary.” As much as Mason, a filmmaker, painter, author and Canada’s most famous canoeist, praised his beloved wood-canvas Chestnut Prospector, a stalwart 17-foot alum[...]

Meet Me at the Sea

Meet Me at the Sea

It took Bill Mason a number of tries to sell the National Film Board of Canada on afilmrendition of Holling C. Holling’s classic children’s picture book Paddle to the Sea.  But the filmmaker pers[...]

Race to Alaska

Race to Alaska

In early June, teams of rowers, sailors and paddlers will launch from Port Townsend in the inaugural Race to Alaska. The rules are simple: The first team to make it 750 miles to the finish line wins $[...]

Book Review: The Carry Home

Book Review: The Carry Home

After nature writer Gary Ferguson lost his wife, Jane, in a whitewater canoeing mishap on a wild river in 2005, he gradually returned to the wilderness to put his life back together.

Patagonia By Sea Kayak

Patagonia By Sea Kayak

'There were so many great moments during the trip. I’ll never forget the stunning scenery and remarkable wildlife we encountered every day. Patagonia is a truly remarkable place to explore.'

Yukon’s Peel Watershed: Threatened Paddling Classics

Yukon’s Peel Watershed: Threatened Paddling Classics

#9 – The Peel Watershed An expansive, roadless canoe-tripping haven threatened by resource extraction Text by Conor Mihell Photos by Peter Mather A half-dozen brawny, whitewater rivers tumble ou[...]

Upriver: Sea to Source for Salmon on the Columbia River

Upriver: Sea to Source for Salmon on the Columbia River

Paddling up the Columbia River taught us what it is like to be a salmon. You start at the ocean, strong and clean but by the time you make it up towards the headwaters, you’re smelly and moldy, brui[...]

Broadback: A C&K Film Debut Exclusive

Broadback: Experiencing the fury of a wild Quebec river

The debut of 'Broadback,' a short film by David Hartman that offers a raw glimpse at his June 2014 three-man descent of the furious and remote Quebec river draining into James Bay.

How to Make a River Town

How to Make a River Town

In this Q&A, canoeist Natalie Warren, a member of the outdoor education nonprofit Wild River Academy, explains her message to river towns across the Midwest: about building a culture around urban padd[...]

Canoe Trails: Lost and Found

Canoe Trails: Lost and Found

Brad Jennings of Explore the Backcountry describes the irresistible lure of rediscovering forgotten canoe trips and his latest project working with mapmaker Jeff McMurtrie to identify a forgotten loop[...]