Kayaks: from the old to the new


Andrew in a skin on frame kayak
Photo courtesy of Cape Falcon Kayak

Adapted from Wikipedia and the links below by Nancy Carson
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Many people in Canada love to be outdoors.
Some like to paddle on B.C.’s lakes or on oceans nearby.
A favorite boat of outdoor people is the canoe.
The word “canoe” came from kenu in the Carib language,
and canoa from Spanish. These words mean “dugout”.
A dugout is a boat made from a log.
Another favorite boat is the kayak.
Kayak is a word from the Inuit people.
It means “man’s boat”.

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National Aboriginal Day (June 21)


Musqueam elder Larry Grant
Photo: Glenn Baglo/The Vancouver Sun

Musqueam children playing Photo: Bill Keay, The Vancouver Sun

Musqueam children playing
Photo: Bill Keay/The Vancouver Sun

Vancouver’s First People
Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul

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On April 6, 2015, Vancouver had its 129th birthday.
But the city is much older than 129 years.

First people
Larry Grant, an elder from the Musqueam (muhs-kwee-um) First Nations,
says there is a long history
with the first people who lived on this land.
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On This Day: A world record flight


Two Canadian pilots flew a single-engine plane around the world.
(Image: Renato Spilimbergo Carvalho / Wikimedia Commons)

On August 7, 1982, two pilots from Canada made a world record flight.
They flew around the world in six days and 7½ hours in a single-engine plane.
They flew 36,500 kilometres in a Cessna 210.

Don Muir was 26 years old. He was a bush pilot from Sioux Lookout, Ontario.
André Daemen was 22 years. He was a flying instructor from Montréal.

They raised $150,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Watch the news video of their landing in Montreal.

(Source: CBC Digital Archives)