Conor Mihell

Conor Mihell is a kayak instructor and guide who is living in Wawa until his Finnish citizenship comes through.

Evolution of the Pack Boat Canoe

Media and geography merged over 130 years ago to create the pack boat, a unique style of canoe that remains popular today. A pack canoe’s short length, wide beam...

The History Of Grumman And The Aluminum Canoe

At the Canadian Canoe Museum, author and executive director James Raffan has little use for unrefined aluminum canoes. “Canoe trippers love to malign aluminum canoes,” he says. Yet, if...

Modern Greenland Kayaking: How Traditional Became Trendy

The origins of Greenland-style paddling are lost in the folds of oral history, sepia-toned photographs and the minds of modern-day theorists, but the renaissance of modern Greenland kayaking is...

Pro Tips From Photographer Jan Kasl On Getting Your...

Jan Kasl’s ethereal image of kayaker Vavra Hradilek floating upon the psychedelic backdrop of a glacial river flowing into the North Atlantic in Skagafjordur, Iceland, seems like an unlikely...

Pimp Your Ride: Kayak Customization

The latest trend in sea kayak design has nothing to do with performance. Instead, it takes its roots from platinum rims, subwoofers, lowrider suspension and MTV, and follows a...

Boat Review: Valley Nordkapp RM Sea Kayak

The father of British-style sea kayaking in North America once scoffed at plastic boats, but times have changed and minds have changed along with them. Now one of the...

What chine is it?

First, some terminology: Chine refers to the area where the sidewall of the kayak meets the bottom of the hull. A soft-chine boat exhibits gentle curves, while a hard-...

Retracing Canoe Routes Of Old On The Eastmain River...

Eighteenth- and 19th-century fur traders knew the vast network of waterways cascading over polished granite through endless black spruce on the Quebec side of James Bay as the Eastmain....

Forest Woodward On Capturing The Heart & Soul Of...

Spoiler alert. Filmmaker Forest Woodward’s favorite scene in his new film about the tradition of outrigger canoeing in Hawaii is the documentary’s final moment. (people) of water, a part...