• The Canadian artist and author Bill Mason did as much to popularize recreational canoeing as anyone.

Bill Mason

From Canoes: A Natural History in North America by Mark Neuzil and Norman Sims


  • Through movies, instructional films and writings, Mason (often seen with his family) became the face of Canadian canoeing to many people. Here they are shown shooting the rapids in a Grumman; his favorite boat was a red wood-and-canvas Chestnut Prospector.
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