When Dominique Liboiron canoed 3,300 miles from Saskatchewan to New Orleans to release his beloved uncle’s ashes, he never anticipated that his adventure would be anything more than that. But it is exactly a journey like his that represents the essence of Canoe & Kayak, winning him the inaugural Spirit of Adventure Award at the 2013 C&K Awards Show.

His dedication went to those suffering from the Bow River Flood, one of the worst floods in Canadian history and which wiped away the town of High River.

Liboiron began his journey to honor his late uncle Mitch, who loved canoeing and New Orleans in equal measure, on June 8, 2012. He canoed from Saskatchewan through 12 states and along four major rivers, including the Mississippi, en route to New Orleans, a journey he thought of as his last trip with his uncle.