Vernon Dunphy

Vernon Dunphy

Vernon Dunphy and his longtime friend Francis Smith are among the few people who still make canoeing poles for navigating the shallow, rocky waters of the Southwest Miramichi River in Boistown. They take great pride in their work, and in the words of Francis, “A pole can last five minutes or fifty years, it all depends whether or not it gets caught in the rocks. That’s generally why there’s two in the boat.”