Reviews for Canoe Crossings


"Canoe Crossings provides a fascinating lens for us to appreciate our collective history, the story of this ancient boat, and the precious rivers, lakes and oceans we will continue to paddle."

—Janet Nicol, British Columbia History

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"Canoe Crossings will find a place in the heart of people involved in the paddling community in BC."

Coast & Kayak Magazine

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“Osler eloquently explores how the canoe helped define Canada as a country. . . [and] skilfully reveals the canoe's influence on creating sustainable native economies and Native/European partnerships.”

Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools, 2014-15


"Sanford Osler has used his wide experience with many forms of paddle-craft to write a comprehensive and well-informed review of canoeing and kayaking in British Columbia."

—Alan Hoover, BC Studies

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"Canoe Crossings is an authentic and engaging contribution to canoelit and 'must' reading for anyone interested in pondering Canada’s canoe past, present, and future from sea to sea to sea."

—James Raffan, Director of Development, Canadian Canoe Museum; Author, Bark, Skin and Cedar: Exploring the Canoe in Canadian Experience


"Brimming with Canada's history, Canoe Crossings is a well written and well researched 'must read' for anyone who enjoys paddling the waters of British Columbia. From the original birchbark canoe to today's dragon boats and outriggers, the canoe is a symbol of our cultural connections, teamwork, and friendship, and our passion for nature."

—Jane Frost, President, International Breast Cancer Paddlers' Commission


"Sanford Osler's Canoe Crossings is a fascinating discovery from past to present of one of the most recognized sinews threading Canadians, their history and development—the canoe, in all its forms. Blending brilliant storytelling with colorful description, [Canoe Crossings] provides every reader with the sense of pride and tradition in the role these boats have played and continue to play in our provincial and Canadian mosaic."

—Mike Gilbert, BC Director, Paddle Canada


"Canoe Crossings is not just about the canoe, but about the many people throughout history to the modern day whose existence and livelihood depend on this noble craft. Sanford Osler brings their passion for paddling to life. If you have ever held a paddle in your hand, you should read this book."

—Bob Putnam, Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak


"An important and substantial contribution to canoe literature and to the significance of this watercraft in BC. The blend of history, present-day, and personal accounts is sensitively and fascinatingly presented. A highly informative and captivating read.”

—Käri-Ann Thor, President, Recreational Canoeing Association of British Columbia


"Nobody has done a better job of connecting the 'canoe dots' on the Northwest Coast and BC's interior waterways than Sanford Osler. His lifelong interest in canoe travel, canoe design, and canoe personalities enthuses Canoe Crossings with both wisdom and generosity of spirit. His book is a 'j-stroke' in prose."

—Michael Robinson, Director, Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art


"Sanford Osler injects the canoe back into BC history, while explaining how this simple water craft still plays a crucial role in the life of the province.”

—Daniel Francis, author of Far West: The Story of British Columbia


"The canoe is a threshold vessel—a skin, a fabric, and some bark between water and sky. Floating is some kind of miracle, some kind of dream. All canoeists are dreamers to a degree. As you will see in Canoe Crossings, the canoe has always brought diverse groups of people together, both for joy and for common purpose, and it always will."

—from the foreword by Shelagh Rogers