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TURTLE RIVER, ON. WHITEWATER CANOE TRIP - A PHOTO ESSAY BY KAYA GLOVER

This photo essay really gives a good look at what it is like to go on a camping trip. I like that the activities are captured so rawly, like canoeing, cooking, bathing and sleeping.

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HBC + LANGFORD CANOE

In 2009 Langford canoe was commissioned by The Hudson's Bay Company to create this 16' cedar plank and rib canvas covered canoe. It has quickly become a must have for enthusiasts and collectors worldwide. For well over 70 Years the Langford name has been synonymous with quality as a Canadian owned and operated company. Made from B.C. Red Cedar, these classics are true heirlooms, made to be passed on from generation to generation. Our amazing craft, move through the water like nothing else, which is why they are sought after by enthusiasts and connoisseurs the world over. All Langford Classic Cedar Canoes are finished with Mahogany and Ash, with Mahogany Bow and Stern Decks, Rawhide/Mahogany seats, Thwart, and a Contoured Yoke. The Bronze Langford Beaver medallion adorning the Bow of every classic cedar Langford is your assurance that the canoe has been crafted from nothing but the finest materials, by the most skilled artisans in the world.

    • Handcrafted in Canada
    • Available exclusively through Hudson's Bay Canada
    • Red cedar planks and white cedar ribs
    • Ash gunwales & stems
    • Mahogany bow, stern decks, seats, handles
    • Inspired by our classic multi stripe point blanket 
    • Canvas wrapping is a more traditional finishing method, and an art unto itself. The canvas has to applied, filled, primed and painted by hand
  • Length:16ft
  • Depth:13in
  • Capacity:675lbs
  • Seats 2
  • Weight: 58-64 lbs
  • Rocker: 1.5 Inch
  • Beam: 35 Inches
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Kayaks by KILIII YU

Kayaks were the invention of the native hunter-gatherer cultures of the Arctic and sub-arctic regions. They were a response to the environment that they lived in and a way to navigate the waters to survive. In the cold coastal regions they called home there was little life on the land, so they reached to the oceans, not only for nourishment but also for all manner of livelihood. Marine mammals were the staples of their lives: the hides were used for clothing and textiles; bone was used for tools, weapons and construction materials; seal blood would be drank to cure maladies, and even blubber was used as fuel for the lack of trees. In most parts, it would have been too cold to cultivate plants and it was only below the Tundra and icy barren lands that trees (or any vegetation that wasn't low-lying hardy shrubs) could be found. Living above the tree-line, wood was scarce, only brought to them by the waterways and tides. Driftwood floated up from the Taiga regions – the characteristically woody biome below the Tundra, latitudinally slicing through the subarctic regions of the northern hemisphere – and would be used as a primary building material for their boats. The driftwood frames would be lined with the hides of sea mammals, constructed to seal around the torso with a covered deck to prevent the deadly cold waters from reaching the body. They were specialised in their design for survival in these extremely cold environments, enabling the peoples of the northern regions to brave the harsh sea conditions.

Although traditionally made from driftwood, hides of marine mammals and coated in blubber to waterproof the boat, kayaks today are made quite differently. They are usually made from synthetic materials, but, as Kiliii says, "the funny thing is that in the modern world a skin-on-frame kayak makes so much more sense; it just does. They are lighter, take fewer materials to build, they cost less, they are easier to construct, they take less time to build, you don't require huge chunks of wood, and they are durable in the long run. There are all sorts of benefits to skin-on-frame kayaks."

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