James Raffan



Connected by Canoe touches four things that make James Raffan tick: 1) organizing a canoe trip for his beloved Canadian Canoe Museum in his home watershed; 2) marking Canada 150 with a floating conversation designed to connect Canadians to each other and to the natural world through respect, reciprocity, and reconciliation; 3) building friendship and understanding through experience; and 4) active involvement in creating inspiring stories about the relationship between people and nature.

James is writer, geographer, Kickass Canadian , lifelong paddler and a long-time supporter and staff member at The Canadian Canoe Museum, where he has served as volunteer, curator, executive director and, in 2012, as Captain of Canada One, the only Canadian vessel in Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Flotilla on the Thames River in London, England.  

He is the author of a number of award-winning books and documentaries as well as a Fellow and Past Governor of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, a Fellow International of the Explorers Club and was named in 2015 by Canadian Geographic as one of Canada’s Top 100 Explorers.  James lives with his wife, Gail Simmons, on Cranberry Lake, near Seeley’s Bay, one of communities along the Rideau Waterway who will be welcoming the Connected by Canoe team.  Details at jamesraffan.ca