Paddling Education

Backyard Adventures: The Red Deer River in Drumheller, Alberta
The Red Deer River starts its journey in the Rocky Mountains. It winds across the province, north of Calgary, where it drops through class II to class IV rapids, and eventually widens and calms north of Drumheller in the Badlands.
Backyard Adventures: The Bow River from Banff to Canmore
Backyard Adventures is all about maximizing days on the water. Look locally to have quick easy adventures planned for that last minute day off or change of schedule. 
Nick Ray’s upcoming Sea Kayak Expedition around Scotland
On August 28, 2022 Aqua Bound Ambassador and sea kayaker, Nick Ray, will embark on a year-long mission to kayak around Scotland. This expedition he’s calling Scotland 365 is a celebration of life for Nick, and will—if all goes as planned—end on his 60th birthday.
Behind the Scenes of “Norway: A Kayaker’s Playground” Film
In May 2022 we released the short film Norway: A Kayaker’s Playground as a joint effort with our Norwegian Aqua Bound dealers and Ambassadors. In it we highlight Norway as a kayaking destination…
Kayaking Wyoming’s Fremont Canyon
Wyoming isn’t the first destination that comes to mind when one thinks of kayaking—especially a Minnesotan like me. But Fremont Canyon, an easy drive from Casper, is worthy of any kayaker’s consideration.
The Ottawa River: A World-Class Whitewater Kayaking Spot
In the middle of agricultural country and just over an hour away from Ottawa, Ontario is one of the top whitewater kayaking spots in the world.
7 Stunning National Parks to Paddle in the Continental U.S.
National parks, lakeshores and riverways offer paddlers the chance to see magnificent views from a refreshing vantage point: the water. We compiled a list of seven stunning national parks to paddle your way through the Continental United States.
Bikerafting New Zealand’s Hurunui River [Video]
Bikerafter and filmmaker, Deane Parker, co-led a crew of mostly first-timers for a bike and packraft trip down New Zealand’s Hurunui River.
Packrafting Adventures on New Zealand’s Waingaro River
Deane Parker, filmmaker and outdoor adventurer, joined a few of his mates for a hike-in packrafting trip down the Waingaro River in his native New Zealand.
Packrafting the Grand Canyon: Adventures & Tips
Winning a follow-up permit lottery from Grand Canyon National Park allowed Johnathan and Hannah Shininger an opportunity of a lifetime: to packraft 90 miles of the Colorado River through the Canyon.
Packrafting the High Sierras
Filmmaker Hank Leukart wanted to backpack Ansel Adams Wilderness, and he wanted to be able to paddle the many lakes they’d encounter on their trek. So he convinced his two friends to bring packrafts for this adventure into the High Sierras.
Wilderness Canoeing Above the Arctic Circle
Minnesota canoeist, Jim Gallagher, has been on more than 20 wilderness canoe trips above the Arctic Circle in Canada and Alaska. We wanted to hear Jim’s story about how he got into wilderness canoeing and what he loves about paddling in the Arctic. Here’s our conversation...
Kayak Camping in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a world-class sea kayaking destination on the world’s largest freshwater lake—Lake Superior. Kayak camping here is spectacular.
Deciding Where to Paddle Next
We paddlers know that one of the special things about water is that it’s never the same. One can be on a body of water innumerable times with vastly different experiences. So how do you decide where to go next?
Packrafting the Canyons of the Colorado River [Video]
Filmmaker and outdoor adventurer, Hank Leukart and his buddy, Jake Jenkins, take a packrafting trip down the Colorado River through Horsethief, Ruby and Westwater Canyons. They tackled up to Class IV rapids on their epic packraft adventure.
The Great Lakes: Where to Sea Kayak on Lake Huron
Lake Huron, with its 3,827 miles of shoreline (6,158 km) and 30,000 islands, is a world-class freshwater sea kayaking destination. Its 23,000 square miles (59,570 sq km) make it the second largest of the Great Lakes and the fifth largest freshwater lake on the planet.
Las Vegas Kayak Outfitter, Blazin’ Paddles
Nevada-based kayak outfitter, Blazin’ Paddles, does one thing and does it well—they take their guests kayaking on the Black Canyon stretch of the Colorado River.
The Great Lakes: Where to Sea Kayak on Lake Michigan
The Great Lakes, containing 84% of North America’s fresh surface water, are a world-class sea kayaking destination. In this article we’ll explore the shores of Lake Michigan and let you know the outfitters ready to take you there.
The Great Lakes: Where to Sea Kayak on Lake Superior
Lake Superior is the largest of all the Great Lakes. In fact, Superior holds half of the water that’s in the Great Lakes. It’s the largest fresh water lake in the world by surface area and a world-class sea kayaking destination.
Kayaking & Canoeing Ontario’s Madawaska River
The Madawaska River in Ontario’s Highlands is one of the best rivers in the world to learn how to whitewater kayak or canoe. It’s no surprise that with its do-able rapids, relatively warm water and reliable flow it’s also home to the original whitewater school.
Top 15 Locations for Paddle Boarding This Summer

 Here is the list of 15 places to soothe your body and mind while paddle boarding.