Lessons from the Trail: Expedition Fishing Tackle

Lessons from the Trail: Expedition Fishing Tackle

By Jim Baird When you head out into the wilderness, you don’t always know what kind of fish you’ll be catching, and the species of fish in the water below your boat may change throughout y[...]

Tip of the Week: Carving is Cool

Tip of the Week: Carving is Cool

Jackson Kayak Tip of the Week By Clay Wright When I learned to snowboard, I skidded noisily from side to side, throwing snow on every turn. Years later, a friend taught me to edge into my turns, silen[...]

Lessons from the Trail: How to Use an Axe

Lessons from the Trail: How to Use an Axe

By Jim Baird The current was strong and it only took three-and-a-half hours to travel 18 miles down the wide, powerful Natashquan River. The day was foggy and at times it felt as though we were paddli[...]

Tip of the Week: Paddling in a Group

Tip of the Week: Paddling in a Group

Jackson Kayak Tip of the Week By Sage Donnelly We all love to have fun on the river with our friends and family, but sometimes more is not merrier. Having a group that is too large can lead to chaos a[...]

Lessons from the Trail: Heavy Rain

Lessons from the Trail: Heavy Rain

Episode 11 of Jim Baird's Côte-Nord Adventure canoe-tripping across the wilds of Quebec outlines lessons learned in dealing with heavy rains in the remote stretches of the Natashquan River.

Tip of the Week: How to Pack a Throwbag

Tip of the Week: How to Pack a Throwbag

By Wesley R. Bradley Do you have a rope? Do you know how to use it? I find myself asking these questions often, especially before putting on the river with a new group of kayakers. It is common knowle[...]

Lessons from the Trail: Bear Trouble

Lessons from the Trail: Bear Trouble

By Jim Baird The river’s name, Natashquan, comes from the Innu language meaning, “where one hunts bear.” However, on this evening, I felt like things were the other way around…[...]

Tip of the Week: Flatwater Training

Tip of the Week: Flatwater Training

Jackson Kayak Tip of the Week By Zofia Tula Flatwater paddling allows us to focus on the small things, which in turn improves our freestyle kayaking. I think this is especially true for women who have[...]

Lessons from the Trail: The Big Carry

Lessons from the Trail: The Big Carry

One thing you learn pretty fast when canoe tripping is that the difficulty of a portage doesn’t depend entirely on its length. It’s more about how much weight you’re carrying, how ru[...]

Safer Paddling Series, Episode 7: What if I Flip?

Safer Paddling Series, Episode 7: What if I Flip?

Kayakers have a saying: We’re all between swims. Here paddling instructors Paul and Kate Kuthe show you how to get back in your kayak if you capsive. This is Episode 7 in our Safer Paddling Series.

Safer Paddling Episode 6: Traffic Rules for Paddlers

Safer Paddling Episode 6: Traffic Rules for Paddlers

Harbors and marinas have plenty of protected water to explore, and can be great places to launch a small boat. With all sorts of activities from boats big and small, there are lots of interesting thin[...]

Safer Paddling Series: Plan Your Trip

Safer Paddling Series: Plan Your Trip

We all want to get out there and start having fun. But a little bit of trip planning can really help you avoid mishaps and make your day much safer and more enjoyable. It’s never a good idea to [...]