Becky Mason acquired her paddling skills and her fondness for canoes from
her father, Bill Mason, the author and film-maker of the Path of the Paddle
series. She continues the family tradition of sharing her passion for
canoeing through her paddling instruction, film-making, writing and
presentations as well as her professional art career.
A contributor to numerous canoeing publications Becky has written for the
magazines Canoeroots, Explore and Paddler among others and for books
including a chapter for The Canoe in Canadian Culture and a Woman’s Guide
Canoeing, text and paintings for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society's
Rendezvous with the Wild: The Boreal Forest, a chapter for Cliff Jacobsen's
The Basic Essentials of Solo Canoeing and with her brother Paul she updated
her father's books Song of the Paddle and Path of the Paddle.
A native of Chelsea, Quebec Becky Mason continues to teach canoeing at her
family home on Meech Lake. She also enjoys travelling to share her thoughts
and skills on where the canoe and creative can take her. She has been
through much of Canada and the Northern U.S. teaching, demonstrating and
speaking and in the spring of 2010 she spent six weeks on a tour of the UK
and Sweden sharing her love of canoeing with hundreds of Europeans.
In the year 2000, Mason wrote, directed, produced and starred in the award
winning instructional video Classic Solo Canoeing.
She has also had guest
appearances in the BBC production Bushcraft with Ray Mears, Justine
Curgenven's 2010 release This is Canoeing and the Wooden Canoe Heritage
Association's promotional DVD. Becky has also made many appearances in
national, regional and local media on issues related to canoeing and the
Becky is a Patron of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness
Society’s Boreal Program and a Quetico Foundation trustee. Becky is a
fully accredited Flatwater Paddle Canada instructor and she enjoys teaching
Paddle Canada excellent program. In 2009 Becky was honoured with the
invitation and accepted to be a patron of Paddle Canada.