The RCMP are on the lookout for someone who 'borrowed' a red canoe.

The RCMP are on the lookout for someone who 'borrowed' a red canoe.

Canoe thief doesn’t Stoke owner

Dude, I'm like borrowing ur canoe. Message me if u want it back. LOL!

It’s a rural take on an urban legend.

A driver backs into a parked car. Witnesses see the responsible driver get out and pen a note, tucking it under the windshield wiper.

Later, the car’s owner returns, surveys the damage and opens the note. It reads, “I just backed into your car. All these people are watching me so I figured I’d better pretend I’m leaving you my contact info. Sorry.”

In Revelstoke, it’s a missing canoe — an old, red Viking fibreglass canoe that was chained to a tree near the Columbia River at Westerburg Road.

Revelstoke RCMP say someone took the canoe by cutting through a chain. But they’re not ‘thieves’ — they left a note saying they were borrowing the canoe. The note said all the owner has to do is ask for it back on the Stoke List, and they’ll reunite him with the canoe.

He did several times, but no canoe.

So Revelstoke RCMP are getting involved, asking for the canoe and info on the cash-strapped paddlers who took it sometime within the last month.

Call the Revelstoke detachment at 250-837-5255, or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS