Paddling Education

How to Shuttle Kayaks, Canoes & People with Social Distance in Mind
We’re dying to get out on the water after weeks of quarantine…but still want to practice safe social distancing. How do we do that?
6 Ways Canoeing & Kayaking are Ideal Social Distancing Activities

Of all the great ways to get active outside in these times of social distancing, canoeing and kayaking are a couple of the best! Here’s why…

 

Celebrating 50 Years of Maine’s Allagash Waterway: A Family Tradition

The Calverley/Arnold family of Maine has been canoeing the Allagash Waterway for 50 years. Daughter, Alison, tells us their story…

 

How to Canoe and Kayak with Your Dog

Want to turn your pup into your faithful paddling partner? Here are some tips from canoeists and kayakers who’ve done just that…

The Making of the Catalyst

"We’re saving wood from the firebox and we’re one step closer to making this world a better place."

Passing On the Canoeing Love: From Dad to Daughter

17-year old Emily Hanson just completed a 34-day wilderness canoe trip with four fellow campers and their guide. Her dad, Larry, couldn’t be prouder!

Wilderness Canoe Trip: Surviving a Grizzly Attack

Alex Messenger was between his junior and senior year of high school when he went on a 600-mile canoe trip in the Canadian wilderness. It turned into a much more life-changing trip than he had anticipated…

Wilderness Canoe Short Film: “Finding Rhythm”

Bending Branches recently partnered with Canoe There’s canoe-loving team for the short film “Finding Rhythm.” Join them on their wilderness canoe trip…

A Folding Canoe? Yes! Here are Your Options

You may or may not have ever heard of folding canoes—but they’ve been around since the 1970s. They may be a great option for you! Here’s the scoop…

Boundary Waters Canoe Record Shattered

Two Minnesota men broke the “Kruger-Waddell Challenge” speed record—a 200+ mile canoe route through Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters—by more than 10 hours…

The Complete Guide to Our Canoe Paddle Grips

Bending Branches’ canoe paddles are made with a variety of grip designs. Each design  functions in a slightly different way. Here’s your complete guide to understanding canoe paddle grips…

Growing Old Together: A Canoeist and His Paddle

Minnesota canoeist, Roy Erickson, has used the same Bending Branches paddle for almost 30 years on his trips into the Boundary Waters and Quetico…

Canoe Paddle Grip: Finished or Unfinished?

While some canoe paddle manufacturers offer paddles with an unfinished paddle grip, here’s why Bending Branches only offers paddles with a finished grip…

 

A Wilderness Canoe Trip in Canada’s Algonquin Provincial Park [Video]

Canoeist and filmmaker, Jason Eke, brings us into Canada’s beautiful Algonquin Provincial Park on a wilderness canoe trip, along with his son, Noah. Let’s tag along…

Canoe Tripping and Life Lessons

If you’ve been on multi-day canoe trips, you likely know something about how canoe tripping can teach you many life lessons. It doesn’t even have to be a long trip—like across Canada or on the entire Northern Forest Canoe Trail…

How Canoeing Makes You Healthier

Ask anyone who canoes and they’ll tell you: Yes, canoeing has made me healthier! It’s not just fun, but can contribute to deep-down health and vitality…

 

The Source Runs North: A Canoe Trip across Canada

Six men will embark on a four-month canoe expedition during the summer of 2019. Their aim is to travel 2,800 miles across Canada. Here’s their story…

Top 5 Easy-To-Do Breakfast Recipes for Canoe/Kayak Trips

When we’re canoe and kayak camping, we try to keep things simple, yet tasty. That’s the trick. These are the best tried-and-true recipes we’ve found to get you out of camp and back on the water…

Building a Cedar Strip Canoe [Film]

Join Canadian canoeist and canoe-builder, Jason Eke, as he takes us through his process for building a cedar strip canoe…

Canoe Trip in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Four people and one dog spent 19 days canoeing and hiking in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in July of 2018. Barb Willson, one of the four, tells us about their trip…

Canoeing the Road Less Traveled in Quetico Provincial Park
Canada’s Quetico Provincial Park, in northwest Ontario, offers a million-plus acres of some of the best wilderness canoeing in the world…