Canoes Subject of Talk by Dr. J. Raffan at Lakehead University
Posted on: January 12, 2017

Explorer Dr. James Raffan will give a public talk at Lakehead University Thunder Bay on Thursday, Jan. 26, entitled Canoe Country: A Lovingly Skewed Sesquicentennial Geography of Canada.

Canada is a nation of lakes and rivers and therefore a nation of canoes. An elegantly simple vehicle designed by Aboriginal people across the country, the canoe carried the freight of an emerging nation.

In a lively and entertaining multi-media presentation, Canada’s foremost canoeist-cum-storyteller reflects through his love of the canoe on the 150th anniversary of confederation and the emerging future plans for The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario—showing how, even in the information age, the essence of Canada can be still shaped by its riparian geography and by its people’s affection for each other and the canoe.

Admission by donation with proceeds going to the Canadian Canoe Museum.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 26
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Advanced Technology and Academic Centre (ATAC) 1001.


Dr. Raffan is first-generation Canadian, a community builder, explorer, geographer, experiential educator, musician, author, and long-time booster of the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario.

Over the years he has touched many lives through his teaching and presentations as well as through his award-winning documentaries, books and films.

He is a Fellow International of the Explorers Club, Past Chair of the Arctic Institute of North America as well as a Fellow, Past Governor and Camsell medalist of the Royal Canadian

Geographical Society—volunteerism for which he was awarded Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals and, most recently, Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal.

For more information about Dr. Raffan, click here.

This presentation is supported by Lakehead’s School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism and the Outdoor Recreation Students Society.

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