Paddling Education

Kayak in Canada’s Amazon [Video]
Ken Whiting and Paddles Tales take us kayaking down the “Canadian Amazon,” Ontario’s Big Creek.
A Packraft & Bike Adventure along New Zealand’s “Forgotten Highways”
Four Kiwis from New Zealand’s South Island journey through historic routes in the North Island in this award-winning film by Deane Parker.
20 Days of Backpacking & Packrafting the Brooks Range in Alaska
Colorado Outward Bound instructors, Noah Larsen and Arthur Shain, took on Alaska’s Brooks Range for a 400-mile packraft and backpack expedition in August. We were able to nail them down for a video chat…
Outfitter Spotlight: Four Corners Guides, Colorado
We recently had a great virtual conversation with co-owners Lizzy Scully and Steve “Doom” Fassbinder to talk about Four Corners, their ranch, and running an outdoor tour business during COVID.
Kayaking the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Ontario
Ken Whiting takes this episode of Paddle Tales to his hometown of Ottawa, Ontario where he kayaks the Rideau Canal.
15 Amazing National Parks to Kayak in the US & Canada
2020 isn’t the best summer to travel to faraway national parks because of social distancing and limited services. But it doesn’t hurt to dream a little!
8 Ways to Find Kayaking Spots Near You
If you’ve not paddled much before—or even if you have, but haven’t fully explored the waterways around you—how do find the best places to kayak (or canoe, stand-up paddle board or packraft) near you?
The Many Benefits of Paddling Locally

There’s something adventurous and exotic about planning kayak, packraft, canoe or SUP trips in faraway places. Somehow we imagine a road trip or overseas destination will be better.

But paddling locally can be just as fun…and in our current situation, the best choice!

Never Say Never: Packrafting the Grand Canyon

“I’m never packrafting the Grand Canyon.” That’s what I told my partner, “Doom,” not even a year after I moved to Mancos from the Front Range to be with him.

Kayaking at Puerto Vallarta’s Los Arcos National Marine Park

With its beautiful blue-green water, semi-tropical temperatures and variety of marine wildlife, Los Arcos National Marine Park near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is a wonderful kayak destination…

Lofoten, a paradise for kayakers
Lofoten, Norway, will provide the perfect environment for a sea kayaker. The scenery with mountains and fjords makes this to one of the most beautiful places in the world, and it’s well known among paddlers.
Guiding Kayakers from the Tropics to Lake Superior’s North Shore

Beth Poliquin has guided kayakers in the tropics of Hawaii, and now lives and works along the rugged north shore of Lake Superior. The differences she cites may surprise you…

Sea Kayaking on Lake Superior with Ken Whiting [Video]

Join expert kayaker, Ken Whiting, as he takes us along to paddle our planet’s largest freshwater inland sea, Lake Superior…

Kayaking the Fjords of Alaska

Two kayakers head to Kenai Fjords National Park for a 3-day paddle trip in the Alaskan wilderness…

Packrafting the Alpine Lakes of Western Colorado

Tisha McCombs made some packraft converts during a mountain weekend with a couple dozen other outdoor industry women…

Sea Kayaking the Baja Peninsula [Part 3]: The Liquid Desert

The Baja Peninsula is a hugely popular sea kayaking destination, but the extreme conditions there make it unique and challenging…

Nairobi meets Norway…Kayaking

Laila Reigstad is a kayak guide in her native country of Norway. She had the delightful job of helping a group of Kenyan girls from the Nairobi slums discover kayaking…

Sea Kayaking the Baja Peninsula [Part 2]: The Sea of Cortez

The Sea of Cortez offers gorgeous waters, plenty of marine wildlife and a variety of conditions for kayakers of all skill levels…

Sea Kayaking in the Baja Peninsula [Part 1]

The Baja Peninsula offers world-class sea kayaking with enough variety to entice paddlers of every level, from beginners to experts…

An Epic African Paddle Adventure [Part 2]
We follow up here with adventurer and conservationist, Ross Exler, about Ross’s kayak and bike journey through the African Great Lakes…
Find Your New Favorite Place to Paddle with Paddling Maps

Paddling Maps is an online resource for paddlers to find new places to paddle and tell others about their favorite spots…