JOIN US FOR FUN ON THE WATER!

National Go Canoeing Week is a celebration of canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.

Its aim is to encourage people of all ages and abilities to pick up a paddle and get out on the water!

Next year is the 2016 Olympics, and we want everyone to feel part of the excitement. Join in and help us on our way to Rio and back!

TARGET
24,901 Miles
SO FAR
42,841 Miles
42841 miles completed
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Interesting fact -
An Olympic sport for 79 years

Although Team GB’s canoeing squad bagged an impressive haul of medals at London 2012, canoeing didn’t actually become an Olympic sport until the Berlin games in 1936. It was part of the 1924 Paris games as a demonstration sport.
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"Kenu" Imagine Paddling in This?

Canoes were developed over thousands of years by the native peoples of North America. The word 'canoe' originates from the word 'kenu' - meaning dugout. These seagoing boats were made of large tree trunks which were shaped and hollowed.
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An Important Part of History

It was the birchbark canoe that first transported explorers such as Jacques Marquette and carried fur traders out to trade with Native Americans. Thus it played an important part in early American history.
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John McGregor: The Father of Modern Canoeing

The origin of canoeing as a recreation and sport is often attributed to Scottish explorer John MacGregor, who was introduced to canoes and kayaks on a trip to North America in 1858. He wrote a popular book about his experiences; "A Thousand Miles in the Rob Roy Canoe.
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Paddle the Amazon? This Girl Can

In 2010, ex-Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton became the first woman to paddle the Amazon and broke two world records: for the longest documented solo journey in a kayak (2,010 miles) and the longest distance travelled by a woman in a kayak in 24 hours (75 miles).
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Round the World in 1,839 days

Erden Eruç completed the first solo human-powered circumnavigation of the globe, travelling by rowboat, sea kayak, foot and bicycle from 10 July 2007 to 21 July 2012. He crossed the equator two times, passed over 12 antipodal points, and logged over 41,196 miles.
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A Paddler's Paradise

Whitewater rafting is a great way to experience Costa Rica. Because of its mountainous topography, it offers a wide variety of rafting opportunities. There’s everything from Class III moderate whitewater all the way to intense Class IV+ and V whitewater for the most hardcore enthusiasts.
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Kayak the Nile

The River Nile is about 4,160 miles in length and is the longest river in the world. Kayaking this formidable river is a truly thrilling challenge. The Blue Nile, one of the main tributaries of the Nile, was paddled by the famous kayaking expedition leaders Mike Jones and Mick Hopkinson.
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A Product of Nature

The word “kayak” originates from the Greenlandic language and means “man’s” or “hunter’s boat”. The kayak was first used by indigenous hunters in subarctic regions. The first kayaks were made from animal skins stretched over a wood or whalebone-skeleton frame.
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What's SUP

Now one of the fastest growing paddlesports, stand-up paddleboarding (SUPing) in some form or another has been around for thousands of years. Ancient cultures from Africa to South America used boards, canoes, and other watercraft propelled with a long stick to fish, travel, make war, and even ride waves.
Interesting fact -
Round the World in 1,839 days

Erden Eruç completed the first solo human-powered circumnavigation of the globe, travelling by rowboat, sea kayak, foot and bicycle from 10 July 2007 to 21 July 2012. He crossed the equator two times, passed over 12 antipodal points, and logged over 41,196 miles.
Interesting fact -
An Olympic sport for 79 years

Although Team GB’s canoeing squad bagged an impressive haul of medals at London 2012, canoeing didn’t actually become an Olympic sport until the Berlin games in 1936. It was part of the 1924 Paris games as a demonstration sport.
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An Ancient Mode of Transport

For many people across the world, canoeing has been the main form of transport, hunting and fishing for hundreds and even thousands of years.

National Go Canoeing Week is an initiative from British Canoeing. The event aims to increase participation, raise awareness of paddlesports and promote all the wonderful ways people can enjoy them.

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