Top Holiday Gifts for Paddlers


From Tip To Grip – a canoe paddle designed for the canoeing aficionado.

Give the gift of longer days and less labor with a sleek paddle from Bending Branches, handcrafted in Wisconsin. BB is known for their comfortable wood bent-shafts, but don’t overlook their wood/composite paddles for a combination of beauty and the latest technology: ” The Sunburst will provide years of comfortable, worry-free paddling and propel you to places you’ve only dreamt of…”

1. Bending Branches Traveler

2. Bending Branches Sunburst 14

Your next canoe trip in the Bag.

When you’re ready to graduate to a tried-and-true Portage pack, we love the traditional waxed canvas of Frost River canoe packs. This one bag will last a lifetime and be ready to hand on to your kids, they are that sturdy! Handcrafted in Duluth Minnesota, by people who know the rigors of wilderness tripping. If you only take one bag on your next canoe trip, make it the Frost River Isle Royale Bushcraft Pack – available in three sizes, it features a pocket or strap for just about everything. For a fun gift idea, tuck a map for next summer’s destination inside the handy map pocket!

3. Frost River Isle Royale Bushcraft Standard or Junior

Maps + Canoe Trip Books = Inspiration

When you’re stuck for a stocking stuffer, think maps and books featuring a dream destination.

4. Canoe Country: The Making of Canada by Roy MacGregor

5. Wabakimi Provincial Park Map, Quetico Provincial Park Map

You love to paddle, this t-shirt says it all.

6. I Love Paddling 100% cotton tee for men and women

Stop your worrying – put your paddlers on the SPOT

Keeping track of a canoe trip while on trail is so easy with new technology. With a PLB or Satellite Messenger, you can reach emergency responders, check-in with family or friends, share GPS coordinates and track adventures, all at the push of a button.

7. SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger PLB

A More Comfortable Journey

Whether you call it a PFD, a Life Jacket, Preserver, or Life Vest, check the closet and see how old yours is– if there’s fraying seams or a smell, it might be time for an upgrade! New vests feature softer foam, slimmer profiles, less bulk (and therefore abrasion) and handy pockets and tabs for keys and devices. Then, don’t forget the water filter – this new model uses UV light to purify while you paddle.

8. NRS Ninja (Men’s) and Stohlquist Cruiser (Women’s)

9. Camelbak All Clear Water Purifier Bottle

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