The word “qajaq” or “kayak” comes from the indigenous people of Greenland and literally translates to “hunter’s boat”
I’m not much of a history person, or one for having a memory bank of facts, but when I read a tweet about the first kayaks ever made – I was intrigued. We are now halfway through the season and although I have used these vessels extensively, I know nothing about them. So why did they come about? Who built them? And how did they do it? I wanted to know . . .
The Why: They were originally designed to help the hunter stealthily stock their prey on the shoreline. This why, when you’re out in the archipelago you can get closer to wildlife than if you were swimming, sea-dooing, or transporting in any other capacity. Kayaks allow the paddler to encounter wildlife without disturbing it or posing as a threat due to their low lying and discre