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Looking Back: The ’89 Slalom Worlds

In June 1989, the Savage River was not its usual hidden self. Thousands gathered along the country road that followed its course. People scrambled the steep banks, crouched in the lush forest, and filtered on to recently constructed observation decks. All wanting the optimum view of the red and green poles hovering over the rapids. They were here to witness the Canoe and Kayak Slalom World Championships—the first of which had ever been hosted in the United States.

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Destination Guide 04

04.14.2004

This new annual publication from Canoe & Kayak Magazine features classic paddling destinations from all across North America. Destination Guide ON THE COVER With the rising sun, Mt. Baker, the San Juan Islands, and the U.S. border behind them, two kayakers greet the day in the Canadian Gulf Islands. By Joel Rogers Editor’s Note ORDER […]

The New Destination Guide is Here!

04.13.2004

Not since Navin R. Johnson’s phone book arrived the 1979 movie The Jerk has there been such anticipation for a publication’s arrival. The premier issue of Canoe & Kayak‘s Destination Guide recently hit newsstands around the country. C&K Editor Ross Prather talks about putting the whole thing together. C&K: So this is the first time […]

Bowron Lake Provincial Park, BC

04.13.2004

As darkness invaded the forest, the haunting cry of a loon shot across Indianpoint Lake and then ricocheted off the mountains. Hairs prickled on the back of my neck. It was my first night in British Columbia’s Bowron Lake Provincial Park. Over the next week, I’d hear the call of the loon frequently. Each time, […]

Milk River, AB

04.13.2004

As if battling a stiff prairie wind and pushy current weren’t difficult enough, we had to outmaneuver a territorial cow smack-dab in the middle of Alberta’s Milk River. “We’re going left … no, right … no, left!” I yelled at my friend Anette. If she hadn’t already focused on the large bovine we were about […]

Teslin River, YT

04.13.2004

The summer-no sweeter was ever; The sunshiny woods all athrill; The grayling aleap in the river, The bighorn asleep on the hill. The strong life that never knows harness; The wilds where the caribou call; The freshness, the freedom, the farness- O God! how I’m stuck on it all. Robert Service “The Spell of the […]

Queen Charlotte Islands, BC

04.13.2004

We had entered a different world, one of mystery and richness, as we paddled eastward toward the Cumshewa Inlet, off the coast of Moresby Island. En route, we passed a small rocky island with a tuft of wind-scoured trees that was home to numerous bald eagles. They watched us slowly paddle beneath them, and we […]

Bay of Fundy, NB

04.13.2004

Sandstone cliffs jutted out of the waves, the fog snagging on each crag like eiderdown on a branch. Another cormorant skimmed the hematite-colored water. I inhaled deeply, breathing in the medicinal tang of the blue spruce clinging to the ruddy rock above me. Our guide, Bruce Smith, had challenged me to come up with one […]

Hayes River, MB

04.13.2004

It was our last day on northern Manitoba’s Hayes River. Four women and two men in three canoes, we were fresh from a lunch break on shore. Nearing our final destination-York Factory on Hudson Bay, the oldest trading post in western Canada-we moved in a cadence achieved through two weeks of paddling with the same […]

Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, QC

04.13.2004

It’s the whales that have brought my husband, Mike, and me here to experience the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park by sea kayak. White beluga whales live here year-round, and their fellow humpback, rorqual, minke, and fin whales, as well as harbor seals and porpoises, come to feed in the fair weather from May to October. […]

Quetico Provincial Park, ON

04.13.2004

My little Kevlar canoe, patched with duct tape as a result of a long-ago wrap around an ill-placed river boulder, bumps against the rocky shore and comes to a dead stop. Methodically, routinely by now, midway through our journey, I unload the boat’s cargo, which consists of a backpack-size dry bag, a soft-sided waterproof camera […]

Maverick’s Reef, CA

04.13.2004

Although the Tsunami Rangers, renowned for their hairboating exploits, have drawn their paddles through waters as far north as Alaska and Arctic Norway and as far south as Tierra del Fuego in Chile and Antarctica, they still consider northern California’s Maverick’s Reef an ultimate sea-kayaking destination. How powerful is this place? A theoretical physicist/veteran Mavericks […]

Shoshone Lake, WY

04.13.2004

A fellow camper once told me, “The great thing about Yellowstone is you get to meet people from all over the world.” Maybe so, but when it’s time to ditch humanity, heading into the backcountry is a surprisingly easy task with Shoshone Lake as your destination. Why Shoshone? Or, rather, why not nearby Yellowstone Lake, […]

Rogue River, OR

04.13.2004

It’s the end of a chilly afternoon on a three-day trip down the Rogue River in southwest Oregon. We’ve just run Blossom Bar, the hardest drop on the river; our exhilaration is mixed with hunger and weariness. We trudge up the fern-draped riverbank and find deviled eggs and hot tea by a crackling fireplace. Paradox […]

San Juan Islands, WA

04.13.2004

Scattered between Puget Sound to the south and the Strait of Georgia to the north, the San Juan Islands of Washington State are a plethora of jewels that touring buffs fervently take to in good and sometimes even bad weather. There are 768 islands, rocks, and reefs in this archipelago at low tide; at high […]

Grand Canyon, AZ

04.13.2004

As I lie on my sleeping bag on the last night before the take-out, looking up at the huge desert sky filled with stars, I am exhausted, worn out from all that I’ve experienced. Although I feel as if my body has been completely torn down, my spirit has been rebuilt and restored. The Grand […]

Rockport, TX

04.13.2004

If you’re a birder who wants to get into kayaking or a kayaker who wants to get into birding, the Rockport, Texas, area is the place to go and April is the time. The numbers of migratory birds that visit the area peak during this month, and the weather is usually perfect. There’s probably no […]

Buffalo River, AR

04.13.2004

Although I’m usually garrulous among my paddling friends, my first view of Arkansas’ Buffalo River left me speechless. At sunrise, we topped the final bluff and peered into the valley far below. There, snaking through a solid stand of hardwoods and scattered conifers, was a silver strand of moving water. This was the Buffalo, a […]

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