Have canoe, will travel… a dozen favourite quotes

canoeTruly, there is nothing like a canoe….  In watching water and shoreline, the paddling relaxes and invigorates at the same time. Here are a dozen favourite quotes about a wonderful pastime: 

  • Everyone must believe in something. I believe I’ll go canoeing. – Henry David Thoreau
  • To canoe is to be moved. – Doug E. Bell
  • Take everything as it comes; the wave passes, deal with the next one. – Tom Thomson
  • The romantic life of each colony also has a special flavour – Australian rhyme is a poetry of the horse; Canadian, of the canoe. – William Douw Lighthall
  • Give me a good canoe, a pair of Jibway snowshoes, my beaver, my family and 10,000 square miles of wilderness and I am happy. – Archibald Belaney, aka Grey Owl
  • Mind over matter, canoe over water – Kevin Quischan
  • Wherever there is a channel for water, there is a road for the canoe. – Henry David Thoreau
  • A true Canadian is one who can make love in a canoe without tipping. – Pierre Berton
  • Had I done it alone by canoe I might have boasted a little. – Sergeant Farrar, RCMP, 3rd mate aboard the St. Roch, first vessel to circumnavigate N. America.
  • Anyone who says they like portaging is either a liar or crazy. – Bill Mason
  • Love many, trust a few, and always paddle your own canoe. – Canadian bumper sticker
  • May your portages be short and the breezes gentle on your back. – Anonymous


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