The Voyages of Gwragedd Annwn

Click on the pictures below to see the Gwragedd Annwn’s Rowing journeys:

2023 Pitt Lake Paddle and Row trip
2022 Barefoot Raid

The Urban Oarsman and three kayakers Paddle, Row & Sail to the top of Pitt Lake during the 2019 May Long Weekend.

One oarsman, two single and one double kayakers row and paddle the Sound.

Lars, Maciej and the Urban Oarsman from the Hollyburn Sailing Club row from Squamish to HSC at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver.

The Winter Hot Mulled Wine Row from the Hollyburn
Sailing Club to Sandy Cove, December 16th, 2017.

The 2017 Dundarave Forest of Miracles Bonfire row.

The Urban Oarsman Rows Mamquam Blind Channel in Squamish, B.C.

The Urban Oarsman rows Alta Lake, Whistler, B.C.

The Urban Oarsman Rows Siwash Rock in English BayMay 12th, 2015 Row.  To Siwash Rock & back.

Widgeon Creek High Fraser Runoff water level.Widgeon Creek…The High Fraser Flow Row.   June 23rd, 2014.

Whale of a Row.The Whale Row, October 5th, 2015.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Blood Moon” Eclipse Row, September 27th, 2015.

Brunette River/Sapperton Channel RowSapperton Channel & the Brunette River Row.  March 31st, 2015

Siwash Rock SunsetThe Siwash Rock Sunset Row.  May 31st, 2014.

Nicomekl River RowNicomekl River Row, August 7th, 2015.


Widgeon Creek Row, the Highest water yet.

The Urban Oarsman row further than ever before.  Widgeon Creek… The Highest water yet.  June 5th, 2015.

The Urban Oarsman, The Pitt Marsh Row

The Pitt Marsh Short Row, June 4th, 2015.

Swan Lake title twoThe Urban Oarsman goes to Vernon to row in Goose Lake and ends up in Swan Lake instead. 

The Spring Equinox Row, March 21st, 2015.The Spring Equinox Row, March 21st, 2015.

The Urban Oarsman, The Pitt Marsh Row

Pitt Marsh Winter Row.

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The DeBoville Slough Row in the Rain.

Retirement RowMy last row before I retire.

Rowing in the Pond at the Kennedy Heights Printing plant on the last day.The Urban Oarsman rows in the Kennedy Height Printing Plant Pond on the last day before the Plant closes its doors forever.

Sapperton Channel RowThe Urban Oarsman rows Sapperton Channel.

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Rowing in Pender Harbour during “Pender Harbour Days”.


The First Row of 2015

The first Row of 2015.  Around Siwash Rock.


Last Row of 2014 Up the Coquitlam River to the Red Bridge

The last Row of 2014-The Coquitlam River to the Red Bridge.


The Urban Oarsman Explores the Alouette River 

Rowing up the Alouette, the North Alouette,

Blaney Creek past Codd Island to Bordertown.


The Urban Oarsman Explores the Alouette River

Rowing up The Alouette, the North Alouette,

Blaney Creek, past Codd Island and Bordertown.


The no photo Row

The August 11, 2014 No Photo Row.


The Urban Oarsman Explores the Alouette River

Up the Alouette, North Alouette past Neaves Road Bridge.

The Urban Oarsman Explores the Alouette River

The Urban Oarsman Explores the Alouette River.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Baking in the Summer Sun.  The Pitt River Row.

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Widgeon Creek, The Highwater Row

The Urban Oarsman

Siwash Island Circumnavigation Row

Widgeon Creek High Tide Row

Widgeon Creek High Tide Row

The Urban Oarsman rows the Maelstrom to Point Atkinson, Lighthouse Park

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Final Row, December 31st, 2013 and First Row, January 1st, 2014

December 28th row to False Creek

December 28th Row to False Creek

The Urban Oarsman Rows Widgeon Creek, Both Forks

Widgeon Creek, Both Forks

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Widgeon Creek the Right Fork

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Callaghan Lake

The Urban Oarsman...The fog row

Fog Row

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Wooden Boat Festival 2013

Fraser River North Arm Jetty row.

BC Day row to North Fraser Arm Breakwater

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Dog Days of Summer Row

Summer Sunshine Row

Summer Sunshine Row

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Depth Sounder Oars

Siwash Rock Circumnavigation

The Circumnavigation of Siwash Rock.


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Jericho Sailing Centre for a Burger & Beer

The Urban Oarsman returns to Still Creek

Return to Still Creek

The Urban Oarsman, the Spring Equinox Row

Equinox Row

The Urban Oarsman Rows Deas Island Solugh

Deas Island Slough



Deer Lake Afternoon

Mike & Matt, The Urban Oarsmen, The Widgeon Creek Row

Widgeon Creek, Mike & Matt

Burnaby Lake Row

The Burnaby Lake Row

The Urban Oarsman rows Gwragedd Annwn from Harrison Lake, down Harrison River to Kilby Park

Rowing Harrison Lake to Kilby Park

Before Gwragedd Annwn, Snowdrop’s Epic Voyage From Harrison Lake, Down the Harrison and Fraser Rivers to Hollyburn Sailing Club.

Before Gwragedd Annwn. Mirror Dinghy 7067


4 Responses to The Voyages of Gwragedd Annwn

  1. William says:

    I love your blog!

  2. Christopher says:

    I’m currently building a Wherry and am looking to source oars. I’m also in North Vancouver. Not sure where to look; i’m not interested in the solid 2×4 oars one can get at CdnTire; but probably not carbon-fiber either. Any suggestions on where to start?

    • Hello Chris,

      The best source for Oars on the North Shore would be Martin Marine.

      Have you thought of making your own pair? The Vancouver Wooden Boat Society has an oar-making class…I teach it. ( )

      The class is over a weekend and you end up with one (at least) or a pair of finished oars, designed to suit you and your boat.

      You can make hollow or solid shaft oars, spoon oars, cupped spoon oars or flat oars. Hollow shaft oars will take two weekends.

      The oars will be tailored to you, your rowing style and your boat.

      We use yellow cedar for the oars, but you can make them out of whatever wood you like.

      Barkley Sound Oars are expensive, but they are quality oars.

      250-752-5156. Qualicum Beach. I do not know if Dave at Martin Marine can bring them in for you or if you should make a trip to Vancouver Island for them.

      On another note, do you have a good idea of how long you oars should be? I do have three sets of demo oars I made for the class that may work for you.

      I am in North Vancouver, near Lonsdale and the Highway.


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