Mike Ranta, 45, recently wrapped up canoe trip that took him from Vancouver to Nova Scotia
CBC News Posted: Nov 11, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 11, 2016 5:00 AM ET
A northern Ontario man who recently wrapped up a cross-Canada canoe trip will visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa on Friday, where he’ll lay a wreath made of branches and leaves from each province he paddled through on his journey.
The Royal Canadian Legion has invited Mike Ranta, 45, to lay the wreath during official Remembrance Day ceremonies.
Ranta paddled from Vancouver to Dominion, N.S. — along with his dog Spitzii — and dedicated the journey to Canada’s veterans.
The seasoned paddler said he stopped at as many legions as he could along the way, where he listened to veterans’ stories, thanked them for their service and asked them to sign his canoe.