Bannock Break: Just Add Water, BWCA Trip and More!

Bannock Break: Just Add Water, BWCA Trip and More!

Welcome to Bannock Break, our weekly roundup of Canadian camping and canoeing news from around the internet.

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"Just Add Water"

The Canadian Canoe Museum's newest exhibit "Just Add Water" opened this week which proudly shows off some of the rarer items of their collection that normally don't get the attention they deserve (including Robert Bateman's canoe!).

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Lock & Paddle

Speaking of the Canoe Museum, this Saturday is Lock & Paddle at the Peterborough Lift Lock. Last year we were able to completely fill both tubs to the brim with 328 canoes and kayaks. This year the goal is to lock through as many paddlecraft as we can. The main event will begin at 12 PM but plan to arrive early to be registered and visit the on-site vendors.

Tarrifs

Something that probably none of us are really thinking about right now, but while President Donald Trump is imposing tariffs to try and help domestic steel and aluminum.. this in turn could increase prices on our camping gear.

While these tariffs are intended to create a competitive advantage for U.S. steel and aluminum producers, we expect that they will create an unintentional, competitive disadvantage for businesses like MSR that manufacture consumer products in the USA.

Fortunately, MSR’s Seattle factory already sources domestic raw materials for a number of our products, such as snowshoes. For this reason, we actually expect the short-term impact to be relatively low. However, it’s very likely that the cost of domestic raw materials will increase as demand for those products rises long-term.
— Doug Sanders, Vice President of MSR
 Photo by Chuck Commanda

Photo by Chuck Commanda

Master birchbark canoe builder says they're a vital tool for reconciliation

CBC Manitoba wrote an interview with Algonquin master canoe builder Chuck Commanda who talks about canoe culture.

 Photo by Giovanna Dell'Orto

Photo by Giovanna Dell'Orto

Canoeing in the wilderness of Minnesota's Boundary Waters

The National Post has an article about canoeing in the BWCA where the author writes about what he enjoys while canoeing through the area.

 Photos by Francois Léger-Savard

Photos by Francois Léger-Savard

The River Unknown: Exploring Canada’s Far North with the Ikivuq Expedition

Canoe & Kayak magazine published are article online about six friends from Quebec planned a canoe exploration of the Ungava Peninsula, the northernmost mainland of eastern North America.

 Photo from the University of Calgary's Outdoor Centre

Photo from the University of Calgary's Outdoor Centre

Come on in, the water's fine!

The University of Calgary's Outdoor Centre is inviting you out to learn how to paddle a canoe!