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Bill Mason 1929-1988.

There are numerous books on the market about the many aspects of the art of canoeing and all that it entails.


But none are so unique as Path of the Paddle for understanding Canadian style canoeing, and Song of the Paddle for offering thoughts and experiences on how to travel through the wilderness by canoe.


The last book Bill wrote, entitled Canoescapes, is a compilation of text and paintings.

"Canoescapes is an ambitious, vivid, visual poem of Bill's feelings - an intriguing companion volume to his canoeing and camping books." Christopher Chapman, 1995.

Fire in the Bones is a superbly researched and written biography of Bill Mason, by the author James Raffan.

Bill Mason: Wilderness Artist From Heart to Hand, by Ken Buck, is the story of one of Canada's foremost canoeing artists. The camera lens and the pallet knife were his instruments. The wild places were his inspiration. This hardcover book is a must have and will be a wonderful addition to your Bill Mason book collection.



The red canoe has become synonymous with the Mason family. It started with Bill Mason, the author, artist, Academy Award nominated film maker and canoeing fanatic. Bill loved his red canoes and was rarely seen in anything else. His children share this love, so when it came time to create a family website it seemed natural to name it redcanoes. We hope that you enjoy the visual art, videos, canoeing lessons and all the related information here.




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