A State of Copper

A State of Copper
A State of Copper

At Canvas and Paddle we are proud to partner with A State of Copper, handmade originals honoring our Great State and Great Lakes. The artwork is made on heavy gauge metal and framed in barn wood frames and each one is unique!

The process in which to create a piece consists of 42 steps including various natural acids being combined and a crystal clear resin application once the desired look is achieved. This halts the possibility of further oxidation and protects the artwork for life. 

A State of Copper has added beautiful copper coasters to their collection. These coasters feature Michigan, the Great Lakes, the Upper Peninsula and the Mackinac Bridge. They are bold and bright, perfectly in line, representing Michigan! They make the perfect gift or addition to your home. 

A State of Copper is a wonderful representation of Michigan pride! We hope that next time you are in Canvas & Paddle, that you will pick up one of these gorgeous handmade pieces to take home with you. 

Canvas and Paddle Instagram Takeover: Roo Kee roo

Did you follow our Instagram this past week as Roo Kee Roo did an awesome Instagram takeover? 

Roo Kee Roo has been a partner brand at Canvas and Paddle since the beginning of Canvas and Paddle, three years ago! The first piece of work that Canvas and Paddle asked Roo Kee Roo to create was the iconic scene from the Grand Hotel, as it watches over the Straits of Mackinac and greets every visitor that come to the island. The paddle designed prints were inspired by the uniforms that used to be worn at Fort Mackinac, back in the day! 

As you can see, the rest of the prints were inspired by memories of Mackinac Island and time spent there! When you come into Canvas and Paddle, we hope that you are reminded of your days spent on Mackinac Island and how special of a time it was.

We are excited about their latest creative work: Arch Rock! This is just a sneak peak of what the print will look like, to purchase the finished product, stop into the store this summer! Today is the Opening Day for Canvas and Paddle, so next time you are on Mackinac Island, come on in! 


Mackinac Island's Hidden Spots

Chances are, if you have been to Mackinac Island before, you have done the typical bike ride around the island, a picnic thanks to fresh selections from Doud’s Market, wandering through the shops downtown and then dinner on the island before either staying on the island for the night or heading home via the ferry. 

But have you ever wondered what else is on the island to explore? Here are some of our favorite hidden spots on Mackinac Island:


Mackinac Island Solider’s Garden: This hidden gem on the island is a peaceful place. From many years ago, you will see old stone foundations and walls next to the area cleaned for the garden. 

Sunset Rock Mackinac Island

Sunset Rock:  If you are fortunate enough to know about Sunset Rock, you are one of the few! Sunset Rock is located on the backside of The Inn at Stonecliffe and is a magnificent spot to take in a sunset over the water.

Anne’s Tablet: For the best hidden view, visit this spot! It is a small, secluded section of the island dedicated to Constance Fenimore Woolson, who was a nineteenth century author, who wrote about Mackinac Island. 

Anne's Tablet, Mackinac Island

Next time you are on Mackinac Island, pop into Canvas and Paddle to ask us for directions to any one of these hidden spots and to grab any adventure gear that you might need to take along! 

Spring Bucket List for Mackinac Island

With spring officially here, it’s time to make a bucket list of fun things to do on Mackinac Island and in Northern Michigan!  Some of the items on the list may still include a little bit of snow (because it’s still everywhere in Northern Michigan!) but there are also some fun activities to look forward to later in spring when the snow is finally gone.

  1. Explore the frozen waterfalls in the Upper Peninsula. Did you know that there are more than 300 waterfalls in the UP? Plan a trip to explore some of these gorgeous places!

  2. May 2nd marks “Open the Grand” at the Grand Hotel for the 133rd season! If you haven’t ever experienced opening day at the Grand Hotel, be sure to book a stay for this exciting time. In addition to the Grand Hotel’s opening day, many of the hotels on Mackinac Island having spring specials, which you can read about here!

  3. May 12th marks the 100th anniversary for the Michigan State Parks! Pop on over to Mackinac Island and explore our state parks for the day! If you need some trendy stickers or patches to mark the momentous occasion, pop into Canvas and Paddle and we have just the thing!

  4. Spring is the perfect time to look for Petoskey Stones, because the winter waters have left them prime for the picking! Look for these beautiful treasures along the shores of Mackinac Island. 

  5. If you’ve ever wanted to see the Northern Lights, Spring is a great time to check out the Headlands International Dark Sky Park. The Headlands Dark Sky Park is in Mackinaw City and is an incredible 550 acre park along Lake Michigan. Not only is it perfect for sky gazing, the Headlands Dark Sky Park also has many trails for hiking, cross country skiing, bicycling, bird watching and more! If you have not had a chance to visit this spectacular park, add it to your spring list.

Canvas and Paddle will be open for the summer before too long and we are excited to welcome you back to Mackinac Island! Book your stay for spring on Mackinac Island and come explore all that the island has to offer in the new season!