David Jackson

Mike Ranta’s Canoe Denied At Parliament Hill In Ottawa

Barreling down the Ottawa River’s Deschênes Rapids, birchbark hat on tightly, canine friend Spitzii howling into the morning light, solo continent-crosser Mike Ranta was bound for Canada’s Parliament Hill....

Mike Ranta’s Third Cross-Canada Canoe Trip

Mike Ranta's third coast-to-coast adventure is full of thanks and appreciation.

Canoeing Lake Superior: Discover A Canoeist’s Paradise

As canoeists lust after Canada’s furthest latitudes they often bypass canoeing Lake Superior, one of the finest wilderness lakes on our planet. Lake Superior is North America's largest freshwater...

Mike Ranta Shows You How To Whittle A Canoe

Spend 60-minutes handcrafting a tiny prospector for someone with big dreams.

How An Unconventional Beer Run Inspired Canada’s Most Exciting...

Gently billowing in a light breeze, a Wikwemikong First Nation flag rises and falls as if dancing with the growing wind. Busying themselves in front of the Little Current...

Why Mike Ranta is busy building the world’s largest...

When Mike Ranta dreams, he dreams big. During the past year, the two-time cross-Canada canoeist has been building the world’s biggest canoe paddle. He calls it the Big Dipper. “I was...

What’s So Special About Wooden Canoes And Their Builders?

Waiting near the Via Rail train station in Bathurst, New Brunswick, digging down in my pocket scrounging enough change for a cup of coffee, my hand emerged a few...

Northstar Canoes B16 Touring Canoe Review

My stomach sinks whenever I see a canoe atop the roof of a car. I feel for the vessel, sympathizing with it passing by flowing rivers and crying out...

8 Essentials For A Paddling Expedition Photographer

Expert advice from a cross-continent canoeist on capturing the trip of a lifetime.