National Canoe Day
Date When Celebrated : June 26
National Canoe Day is today. Summer has arrived, and it is a perfect time for a canoe ride. Take a canoe out on your favorite waterway, and enjoy the peace and serenity. And, get a little healthy exercise along the way.
Canoes have been around for thousands of years, and have been used by countless cultures. It is believed the first canoes were made and used by the Carib Indians of the Caribbean. They carved out logs, and used the canoes to travel between islands. The word canoe originates from the word "kenu" in their native language. .
Celebrating this day is a real pleasure. Simply go out in a canoe onto a lake or stream. Take a leisurely ride, and enjoy the scenery. Don't rush... take your time. You'll return calm and relaxed after a memorable experience.
Safety first! Make sure to wear an approved life jacket while out on the water. This writer is here today, because I had a life jacket on when our canoe tipped over in a fast running creek.
The Origin of National Canoe Day:
All of our research points to 2007 as the year this special day was first celebrated. But oddly, our research did not find the creator of this day.
We did not find any documentation confirming this to be a "National" day. We found no congressional records or presidential proclamation. This special day is celebrated in the U.S., Canada and a handful of other countries. One would wonder why this isn't called a "World" or "International" day.
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