Worst canoeing article ever written - serious fact checking problem.

Friday, 04 April 2008
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This morning I found a cute article posted on cadillacnews.com. I'm still trying to figure out if it is a joke or not as it has got to be one of the most poorly researched articles I have read in a very, very long time.

Whoever wrote it decided to make like they were an expert canoeist even though they had clearly never gone on a trip in the north to see what it is really like.

Here are a couple of gems that you can read along the way:

These trips start at the Arctic Ocean or end there. The remoteness of these rivers require that all food be taken for these fellows are above the tree line, limiting their ability to cook fish for there is only driftwood for fires.

The water rarely gets above 40 degrees so when you are in the water canoeing, if you capsize, you have about five minutes to get out or your lungs may burst or collapse.

Drowning in the cold water is not uncommon each year, for your heart could stop from the initial shock when falling in. Many Eskimo drown each year for they never learn to swim because the water is always cold year round.


I enjoyed the fun fact about cold-water survival times and the idea that your lungs will either cause your lungs to burst or collapse. According to this website, you actually have about 15-30 min until you lose consciousness. For some reason it doesn't mention anything about your lungs bursting. I wonder why...

More info: Serious canoeing best left for someone else
This morning I found a cute article posted on cadillacnews.com. I'm still trying to figure out if it is a joke or not as it has got to be one of the most poorly researched articles I have read in a very, very long time.

Whoever wrote it decided to make like they were an expert canoeist even though they had clearly never gone on a trip in the north to see what it is really like.

Here are a couple of gems that you can read along the way:

These trips start at the Arctic Ocean or end there. The remoteness of these rivers require that all food be taken for these fellows are above the tree line, limiting their ability to cook fish for there is only driftwood for fires.

The water rarely gets above 40 degrees so when you are in the water canoeing, if you capsize, you have about five minutes to get out or your lungs may burst or collapse.

Drowning in the cold water is not uncommon each year, for your heart could stop from the initial shock when falling in. Many Eskimo drown each year for they never learn to swim because the water is always cold year round.


I enjoyed the fun fact about cold-water survival times and the idea that your lungs will either cause your lungs to burst or collapse. According to this website, you actually have about 15-30 min until you lose consciousness. For some reason it doesn't mention anything about your lungs bursting. I wonder why...

More info: Serious canoeing best left for someone else

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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