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Watch Ontario Canoeing by the Canadian Canoe Museum

Is there anything more Canadian than paddling? ‘Ontario’ is an Iroquoian word meaning ‘land of shining waters.’

With over 400,000 lakes, countless rivers and heritage waterways in Ontario, we are connected by and to water and the Canoe is a symbol of that relationship.

“If it is love that binds people to places in this nation of rivers and in this river of nations then one enduring expression of that simple truth, is surely the canoe,” said paddler James Raffan acclaimed author and Director Emeritus of the Canadian Canoe Museum.

Discover the different ways Ontarians have connected to our natural environment, each other and themselves through paddling.

This film captures the human connection and bond created by Canada’s well-known craft and symbol, the canoe.

Through the stories of five paddlers across the province of Ontario, Canada – a majestic background both in it’s landscape and history – the film underscores the strength of the human spirit and how the canoe can be a vessel for creating deep and meaningful connections.