Wilderness Canoeing

Post image for Outfitting My Canoe: Ray Goodwin

My choice of title for this article was made carefully. This is not a general article on outfitting, covering all the many permutations according to country, environment, taste or use. Rather, it is very much about how I outfit my canoe for the work and journeys that I do in the UK and Europe. By […] Read more...

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Post image for Wildlife From The Water: Looking Nature In The Eye

When people talk of the canoe allowing you to get close to nature, you’d be forgiven for thinking of extended trips deep into the heart of the Canadian wilderness. It’s true that the ability to paddle a canoe gains you access to wild country difficult or impossible to access on foot. It’s also true that […] Read more...

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Post image for French River Expedition Video

  More About The French River Expedition: The French River expedition is our foundation-level Canadian canoeing trip. Here you can hone and integrate your bushcraft and expedition canoeing skills. The expedition provides fantastic opportunity to follow the paddles and portages of natives, explorers and voyageurs on a Canadian Heritage River. Find out more…   Read more...

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Post image for CLAP: An Acronym For Outdoor Safety

There is an acronym we use within paddle sports for leadership situations which provides a good set of guidelines to follow. You can actually apply these principles more broadly, wherever leadership is required in an outdoor setting. The acronym is CLAP. That stands for… Communication Line of sight Avoidance (is better than cure) Position of […] Read more...

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Post image for Frontier Bushcraft Team Undertakes Canoe and White Water Safety & Rescue Training

A contingent from the Frontier Bushcraft instructional team braved grim November weather in North Wales to undergo four days of canoe skills plus white water safety and rescue training, all with canoe maestro Ray Goodwin. A few of the team attending had not paddled before and it’s testament to Ray’s coaching skills that they were […] Read more...

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Post image for The French River: Hamish’s Review and Video

Hamish Morton recently returned from the Frontier Bushcraft French River Expedition. He had previously done some canoeing and bushcraft courses (see below for details) and decided to join our trip to the French as “the next step”. Below is Hamish’s review of the trip, along with a video he has added to his YouTube channel. […] Read more...

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Post image for The Canadian Canoe Museum: History and Inspiration

For canoeists, paddling in Canada is like coming home. In this land of natural waterways, the canoe just makes sense. But to fully appreciate the canoe’s importance, one has to take some time to gain an historical perspective. Canada’s history is inextricably linked to this iconic craft. Invented by First Nations, adopted and exploited by […] Read more...

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Post image for The Dokis: Eagles On The River

The Dokis First Nation The Dokis live on a tract of land in the Canadian Shield where the waters of Lake Nipissing flow into the French River. These Ojibwe people have a rich and interesting history, reflecting the rich and interesting history of the French River itself as well as a strong sense of cultural […] Read more...

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Post image for How to Stow Your Kit for a Canoe Expedition

Stowing your equipment properly is an important consideration for any canoe trip. It’s important for protecting your kit. It’s important for your safety. Whether you are heading out on the water for the day or for several weeks, there are a number of alternatives available to you. This article will help to make sure you […] Read more...

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Post image for Wilderness Canoeing: Personal Bushcraft & Survival Kit

I always enjoy making canoe journeys in wild country. Particularly when you travel as a single tandem pair, or even solo, there is a feeling of isolation and giving yourself up to the wilderness. The canoe is quiet and has a natural pace to it. During canoeing expeditions you become part of the landscape you […] Read more...

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