A Medicine Hat, Alta., man canoed more than 5,200 kilometres to New Orleans to celebrate the life of his uncle.

Mitch Hamon died of heart disease at the age of 42.

"I haven't been able to find a way to explain to people just how much my Uncle Mitch meant to me," said Dominique Liboiron.

His journey began in June 2012 in Saskatchewan and he paddled his uncle's ashes through 13 American states and along four major rivers — including the "mighty Mississippi." 

Liboiron picked New Orleans because it was his uncle's favourite city.

The goal was to spread his ashes and raise awareness about heart disease and how preventable it is.

  • Liboiron shared his story with a packed library theatre. To see how his story was received, click on the image above.