James Raffan

The world’s most significant canoeing landmark isn’t what you...

Try out this topic at your next campfire discussion—what is the greatest canoe landmark in the world? The more I think about it, the more I come back to...

How Paddling Became Greenland’s Cultural Renewal

How a humble vessel became a force for cultural renewal in Greenland.

3 Canoeing Couture Essentials

Timeless summer fashion for the outdoor women on the move.

Tumblehome: Confusion of Tongues

In the summer of '67, there were canoes going this way and that way in this nation of rivers for Canada's 100th birthday to show where we had come...

Tumblehome: Rethinking the Canoe

A while back, a publisher sent me a manuscript for review that eventually became the book, Inheriting a Canoe Paddle: The canoe in discourses of English Canadian nationalism. I...

Canoeing Myths Busted by James Raffan

After a decade of columns in this space dedicated to the history, heritage, esoterica and minutiae of canoeing, written for paddlers and would-be paddlers, it occurred to me that...

River Reading: The Last of the Wild Rivers

Although Wally Schaber is just 65, his legacy looms large enough to be considered in a column dedicated to canoe heritage. A longtime outfitter, outdoor retailer and founder...