Nestled in the southwest corner of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada’s eastern-most province, is the tiny fishing village of Burgeo. Home to some spectacular sea kayaking, this picture postcard of a town is blessed with everything on the wish list: Miles of sandy beaches, deep fjords and 300-plus islands to explore. Also, there are no crowds—which should come as no surprise given Burgeo’s isolation.
(Ed’s note: This is the first piece in a series.) “The canoe is the simplest, most functional, yet aesthetically pleasing object ever created.” —Bill Mason, Path of the Paddle By Conor Mihell Published: January 14, 2011 The late Canadian canoeing legend Bill Mason was fond of extolling the virtues of wood and canvas canoes in […]
Our canoes can be spotted in some unusual places these days.
Photo by Jovan Matic David Johnston’s motivation as a sea kayak instructor changed when he no longer had to make a living at it. “Now I tell the students, ‘This better be fun because I’m on vacation,’” says the Toronto-based civil servant and Web designer. It’s not that Johnston didn’t know how to have a […]
Conor Mihell paddles out in historic surf on Lake Superior last week near Wawa, Ontario. Photo: Megan Gamble/naturallysuperior.com The National Weather Service’s Great Lakes coastal forecast website ranks high on the list of bookmarks for rough-water paddlers in the heart of the continent. When the lakes glow red and purple on the forecast, indicating waves […]
In the early 1900s, an Englishman named Archie Belaney came to North America in search of adventure and became one of the first to romanticize the notion of canoe-tripping in the Canadian wilderness. Belaney quickly fell in with the Teme-Augama Anishnabe, the “Deep Water People”, a native Ojibwa tribe whose traditional lands encompass present-day Temagami, […]
By Conor Mihell Peter Coates uses unorthodox methods to market the grueling 1,000-mile paddling race he organizes on the Yukon River. Streaming in bold letters across the top of the website for the Yukon 1000 Canoe and Kayak Race is the question, “Do you really want to do this?” Last summer, 17 teams of paddlers […]
Pattison Outdoor Advertising presents the 34th Annual North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority’s Mattawa River Canoe Race on July 24th, 2010. 64km Canoe Race – Race Start 7am-9am (scheduled category starts) Olmsted Beach, North Bay, Ontario 13 km Family Race – Race Start 12 noon Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park, Mattawa Area, Ontario *NEW* – 13km Junior […]
It’s a gorgeous January day near Espanola Island, a 23-square-mile hunk of black volcanic rock in the south-east corner of the Galapagos Archipelago. No sooner have my wife Hilary and I dipped our paddles in the water than a smooth, whiskered brown head pops up five feet away and stares with liquid, fathomless eyes.
Iconic Canadian watershed preserved By: Conor Mihell The silver anniversary of Nahanni River Adventures has been a golden year for owner Neil Hartling. Northern Canada’s iconic South Nahanni River, one of many wild waterways originating in the mountainous spine of the Northwest Territories, has always been the centerpiece of Hartling’s canoe and raft outfitting operations. […]
Somewhere in between polishing off a second helping of turkey and hanging Christmas lights this holiday season, multi-day boaters must find time to apply for their western river permits in anticipation of warmer days on the water this spring or summer. The National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management have developed permit systems for […]