Brooklynites celebrate Family Day at Canarsie Pier

Brooklynite Stephanie Gray enjoys a ride in a 14 foot Voyager Canoe with the help of Wilderness Inquiry reps at Canarsie Pier Family Day on May 26.
Photo By Steve Solomonson

It was quite and oar-deal.

Brooklynites took to the water on May 26 to celebrate Family Day at the Canarsie Pier.

The team from the Wilderness Inquiry takes kids on a canoe ride to celebrate Family Day at the Canarsie Pier.
Photo By Steve Solomonson

Children and parents huddled in canoes to paddle around Jamaica Bay under the hot sun, led by boat captains from the nonprofit group the Wilderness Inquiry, which travels across the country to promote outdoor activities, according to a rep for the organization.

“It’s really formed on the idea of traveling to people and getting them out on their waterways, and showing them a new activity,” said Sam Gustafson.

Kavaughna Wilson as she rides in the Canoe off the Canarsie Pier.
Photo By Steve Solomonson

More than 200 people turned out to the pier for the Memorial Day weekend celebration, according to Gustafson.

“The people had a really great time,” he said. “For a lot of them, it was their first time on the water.”

The team from the Wilderness Inquiry came all the way from Minnesota to educate the Kings County community at Family Day in Canarsie.
Photo By Steve Solomonson

Gustafson and six other Wilderness Inquiry members began their cross-country tour in March, taking riders from across the United States out on the water in their specially-made Voyageur Canoes.

“The canoes fit about 10 people, whereas a normal canoe can only fit two or three people,” said Gustafson. “And they’re heavy, they weigh about 200 to 300 pounds, so it’s important that everyone help paddle.”

The Wilderness Inquiry team shows off their 14-foot-long Voyage Canoes at the Canarsie shore on May 26.
Photo By Steve Solomonson

Gustafson said he hoped their tour would encourage people to go outside and enjoy nature.

“We have an unspoken missions, which is ‘anyone, anywhere, and anytime.,” he said.

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at agraham@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow him at twitter.com/aidangraham95.

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