Mike Elliott was lulled to sleep in canvas canoes as a new-born baby with colic in Northern Ontario (at least that’s the story). While working with youth-at-risk in 1994, Mike and a colleague helped a group of boys build epoxy/cedar canoes before taking the group on a canoe trip. This project gained him local notoriety as ‘The Canoe Guy’. Soon afterwards, he was given a rotting wood-canvas canoe. Once he had restored it, friends and friends of friends started to ask him to restore their canoes. What started as a weekend hobby developed into the birth of Kettle River Canoes in 2003. The business became a full-time concern in 2006 and is now restoring about 25 canoes a year.