Jens-PeterseHi, I'm Jens Petersen, the husband part of the Petersen family that makes Big Yellow Canoe. Anita and Erik make up the better two thirds. I'm just the muscle.

 

I fell in love with canoes early on, after a summer at Kamp Kanawana in the Laurentians in Quebec where only the coolest of the cool could solo one of their beautiful canvas on wood canoes.

I was in awe at how some of the older campers could spin and glide their boats across the lake. I begged my parents for a canoe, and on my 13th birthday they delivered! It was a massive, super heavy fiberglass beast, but man that thing took me and my friends everywhere.
When I was finally old enough to drive I quickly recruited whoever I could to come on trips with me; I borrowed my dad's car or even had him drop us off at la Reserve Faunique Papineau-Labelle. I can barely imagine a parent today dropping their 17-year-old off to spend 5 nights alone doing a canoe circuit. I tested myself on that solo trip by bringing just 5 matches, one per night. No problem.

Eventually I left the land of a million lakes and made my way to Vancouver.

 

Canoeing took a backseat while I focused on my career, but once I met Anita and settled down, I got her in a canoe and she fell in love with it too. Then Erik came along, and now 8 years later he's racing those wicked fast sprint canoes and kayaks for a local team. Paddling is definitely in his blood.

We re-started canoe tripping as soon as Erik was past the toddler stage, and have now covered British Columbia and discovered some incredible destinations. Our first trip was 5 nights on Myrtle Lake in Wells Grey Provincial Park. Anita and Erik instantly fell in love with the adventure, the tranquility, and the complete 180-degree change from the daily grind. We coined the moniker Big Yellow Canoe and it stuck with us ever since.

Last year, on our trip up the Arrow Lakes between Revelstoke and Castlegar, I decided I needed Big Yellow Canoe in my life full time. Nothing makes me happier than planning and launching canoe trips, and life is too short to not be doing the things you love.

Why should I be your guide? I'm not tough like a Bear, but I am a decent Survivor, Man. I know where to go, how to get there and back safely, and how to handle almost anything* that comes up while we're out there. I'll teach you everything you need to know along the way.

*I am definitely not a Bigfoot expert.


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