Acclaimed adventurer completes trip across Canada by canoe – Lake Country Calendar

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We caught up with famous solo sailor Bert terHart after completing his six-month adventure from the mouth of the Fraser River in British Columbia to the edge of New Brunswick in just a canoe and his two feet.

terHart began its journey on April 1, 2022 in Stevenson, BC. On April 26, he arrived in Revelstoke with his canoe, where he hunkered down for the night before continuing his long journey. The next morning he pushed his canoe to the Five Mile boat launch and paddled north to Revelstoke Lake.

The canoe in which he traveled the country was named “Kai Nani”, chosen by his wife, a Polynesian term that translates to a synergy or harmony between wind and water.

In 2020, he became the first North or South American to circumnavigate the globe solo, nonstop, using only traditional navigational tools. He traveled at sea for 265 days and covered approximately 28,860 nautical miles. Only eight other people have been recorded making such a trip.

terHart said the inspiration for his adventure came from his desire to pursue his dreams, inspire others, and see Canada the way First Nations peoples and European pioneers would have seen it.

To see the full story of terHart’s journey through the blog posts he’s written along the way, visit kainani.ca.


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