Kevin Callan Paddles the Thames River

Our friend Kevin Callan, also known as the Happy Camper, is used to tripping in rugged and remote locations. Kevin’s is a familiar name in the world of canoe tripping; he is an author and instructor who is featured regularly on CBC radio, morning talk shows, at canoe symposiums and tradeshows as well as in […]

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How to: Install Skid Plates

The off season is the perfect time to assess the past season’s wear on your canoe’s hull. If you notice the gelcoat on your composite canoe wearing thin on the hull’s stems, it may be time to install skid plates. You might be wondering: What’s a skid plate? A skid plate is a strip of […]

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Canoe Tripping Stateside with Explore the Backcountry

Nova Craft ambassador Brad Jennings has had quite the “off-season”. He recently returned to his home in northern Ontario after completing major trips in Florida and in Texas, back to back. G rowing up paddling and camping in Ontario myself, I’ve been spoiled for choice. With millions of lakes, rivers and 72 designated provincial parks, […]

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How to: Repair Composite Hulls

Sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Despite your best efforts to avoid accidents, errors in loading, carrying or paddling your composite canoe can incur damage to the hull of the boat. Being in the canoe business for over 45 years, we’ve pretty much seen it all: from people who have lost canoes off of […]

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Gunwale 101

Shopping for a canoe often involves more than people expect. Between choosing a model, material, trim and colour, the experience can feel overwhelming to some. Because most people want to invest in one canoe that will last them a lifetime, they want to be sure that they’re getting it right the first time. This blog entry […]

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Seeking inspiration in the Canadian wild

The Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency, started in 2015, invites artists to experience the magic of extended wilderness tripping in the hopes of inspiring works and dialog surrounding the themes of nature and national identity. F. H. Varley’s “Stormy Weather, Georgian Bay”, 1921 T he story of the artist travelling remote regions of the Canadian wilderness […]

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Welcoming Refugees Canadian Style

Nova Craft Canoe is and always has been proud to be Canadian. To me, being a proud Canadian fundamentally means, at least, these two things: first, a respect for the land and natural environment of our country and, second, a dedication to the values of our nation as a cultural mosaic, namely inclusion and tolerance. […]

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5(ish) Questions with Kevin Callan

Kevin Callan, AKA “The Happy Camper”, is a beloved ambassador for wilderness adventure in Canada. He has authored thirteen books on subjects related to camping and canoeing, contributes regularly to a number of outdoors periodicals, hosts “The Happy Camper” radio show on CBC and is a frequent guest on the morning show circuit. He is […]

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5 Questions with Explorer Adam Shoalts

At age 29, Adam Shoalts has a fairly extensive and impressive resume: he’s been named among the top 100 explorers by National Geographic, he’s a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, a member of the illustrious Explorer’s Club, a PhD student and a bestselling author. Adam was recently in town to give a presentation […]

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