Category: Canoeing

Checking a Chestnut – Bob’s Special

There are days when I really love living on Vancouver Island. Yesterday was one of them, the sun was out, and the temperature warm enough for me to be out on the water with only a T-shirt. Secure in the knowledge that most of my fellow Canadians were busy shoveling snow, I felt I really…


Merry Christmas

Wishing all of you, friends, family, clientes and fellow canoeists a very merry Christmas. Happy Paddling Marek


Straight Paddling

The most essential stroke for the would be stern or solo paddler is the J-Stroke. Perhaps the best way to teach this is sitting on a dock, no one is going anywhere, and there’s no worries about tipping. The canoe instructor is also free observe and move around the students, guiding them as required. To…


Bill Mason – Canoe Quotes

“There is nothing that is so aesthetically pleasing and yet so functional and versatile as the canoe.” “I have always believed that the Canadian Wooden canoe is one of the greatest achievements of mankind. There is nothing that is so aesthetically pleasing and yet so functional and versatile as the canoe. It is as much…


Path of the Paddle: Solo Basic

Solo Basic is our second installment of artist, film maker and canoe icon Bill Mason‘s incredible “Path of the Paddle” video series. As I’ve said before, through this series, it was Bill Mason who really taught me to canoe. I have spent countless hours alone in a canoe, running rivers, enjoying sunset paddles, listing to…


Ten Reasons Canoes are Better than Kayaks

I recently met Fred, another die hard canoe lover, who provided me with the following Ten Reasons Canoes are Better than Kayaks. If you have one or more of your own please feel free to share them by commenting on this post. 1. Canoes are easier to get in and out of – kayaks require…


Path of the Paddle: Doubles Basic

Doubles Basic, is the first of canoeist, artist, and film maker, Bill Mason’s brilliant, ground breaking, “Path of the Paddle” videos. Be you a novice or expert canoeist, this film is a must see. If you’re wanting to learn how to canoe, this is a great place to start. Bill Mason not only explains the…


Bill Mason, Waterwalker

A great deal has already been written about canoeing legend, Bill Mason. I didn’t, however, feel this blog would be complete without some small tribute to the man who, through his films, taught myself and countless others to canoe. I discovered Bill Mason’s Path of the Paddle films in my early teens and I credit…


Canoedling

Canadian born, Fay Wray and Joel McCrea demonstrate the fine art of “canoedling” in the 1934 film The Richest Girl in the World. Ever wonder why “courting” canoes often don’t have a center thwart? Pierre Burton defined a Canadian as “someone who can make love in a canoe.”


Canoeing Canadian Style – Rolf Kraiker

An introductory video that provides insight into some of the basic principles of paddling a canoe in what’s referred to as the traditional “Canadian” style. This video is an overview of three different steering strokes, a breakdown of some elements to improve paddling mechanics and a short demonstration of paddling control exercises. More by Rolf…


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