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Atikokan's Mike Ranta feted by Canoe and Kayak magazine for solo trip

Atikokan paddler Mike Ranta has won an award from an internationally known publication.

Last summer Atikokan, Ont. paddler Mike Ranta made a splash with his solo, cross-country canoe trip

A true water-dog, Mike Ranta's best friend Spitzi will celebrate the win with his owner. They plan on having a steak dinner together. (Mike Ranta)
"Canoe and Kayak" magazine has named Mike Ranta's solo cross-country canoe trip as "Expedition of the Year" award. 4:24

Atikokan, Ont. paddler Mike Ranta has won an award from an internationally known publication.

Canoe and Kayak magazine has named his solo cross-country canoe trip their "Expedition of the Year" for 2015.

Mike Ranta was awarded the "Expedition of the Year" award from 'Canoe and Kayak' magazine this week for his solo, cross-country paddle. His dog Spitzi joined him on the adventure. (Mike Ranta)
The award, decided by popular vote, recognizes a paddling trip that's both tough, and historically significant.

Ranta said he was humbled to be nominated alongside other world-renowned paddlers.

"For me to get nominated and to get such a prestigious award was just the cherry on the cake of a beautiful journey, that's for sure," he said.

"I was in total shock. They said it was a landslide victory. I'm just beside myself, and so is Spitz."

He said he and his dog Spitzi, who accompanied him on the journey, would be celebrating with a steak dinner.

Canoe and Kayak magazine called Ranta's seven-month journey the longest solo canoe expedition in a single season to-date.

Ranta said he hopes the recognition will help him to secure sponsors for future trips.


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