Sheena Miller and Leland Clarke rowed 2,200 km from Victoria BC all the way up to Glacier Bay Alaska in two Expedition Rowboats they build themselves. Their journey took them up the coast of Vancouver Island, through the Great Bear Rainforest, and through the labyrinth of channels leading to the terminus of the Inside Passage.
Leland’s boat, which started life being constructed in his apartment in Banff, broke free of the confines of four walls, and along with Sheena and Leland experienced some of the most incredible scenery Canada and the US have to offer. Their 3.5 month journey was filled with amazing experiences as well as challenges.
“Every night we would camp — that was one of the trickiest parts, especially with the central coast,” Leland said. “The shoreline is steep and rocky, it was difficult to find a flat spot, flat enough to pitch a tent. The biggest challenge was to find an accessible spot and move all of our gear.”
Sheena described "places that were white sand beaches and hundred-foot depths and clear water. Just so tropical looking that you wouldn’t even know you were on the Alaskan coast.”
You can read about their journey on their facebook page as well as in the following news stories.
Couple arrives in Petersburg in unconventional vessel
Smithers couple conquer B.C.’s coast
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At Angus Rowboats, our passion for adventure naturally draws us to the mystique of the Northwest Passage – one of the world's most captivating and perilous waterways. Historically, this elusive passage promised a shorter shipping route, spurring early navigators to fervently chart and struggle through its icy intricacies.
The summer of 2023 saw three audacious teams, including one using our very own RowCruiser boats, aiming to be the first to traverse NW Passage solely by human power within a single season. As the season concludes, we've chronicled these attempts, and catalogued past human-powered endeavors to navigate the Northwest Passage.