Watching a storm approach on the border of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, June 19. Ranta has experienced every kind of weather imaginable during his three trips, each of which has its own theme. The rst one raised money for a youth program in Ranta’s hometown, and his 2016 crossing honored Canadian veterans. This trip is dedicated to the country’s 150th anniversary, which is why his canoe is painted like an 18-foot Canadian ag. “Mike’s story is so Canadian,” says Jackson. “Someone needed to take on the burden of documenting it.”Photos by David Jackson