“A Canadian is someone who knows how to make love in a canoe [without tipping it].”
The mighty Pierre Berton was right.
We Canadians have long been courting in canoes. Also called “canoedling”:
“In the early years of the twentieth century, on countless summer evenings across North America, the waterways were full of young men and women chatting, courting, paddling and sometimes canoedling as they sought a little quiet time together afloat.” ~The Canadian Canoe Museum
If the romance of the canoe is calling to you (combined with the patriot fervor of Canada Day), and you feel compelled to try this:
Remember: canoes are tippy…
…so before you head out onto the water, you might want to:
1. Check out this new exhibit:
Learn about the history of paddling and romance at the The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, ON. Their current exhibit, Can I Canoe You Up the River? The Story of Paddling and Romance, runs until until September 30, 2014. Or go their blog, where the museum has gathered romantic stories and photographs from canoedling Canadians–all posted here. You can also find the exhibit guide book, poster, and a miniature “courting canoe” with two paddles, pillows and its own replica gramophone at the museum’s online giftshop (here).
2. Read this:
3. Or this:
4. Watch this:
5. And don’t forget the canoe! (this one’s a sweet ride!)
See you on the water….
Happy Canada Day and Happy Summer to all my friends in Canada and abroad!