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Canoes

Canoes are generally made from aluminum, carbon, fibreglass, Kevlar or wood. All of these materials perform differently in different bodies of water. Knowing how each type of canoe will perform beforehand can significantly improve your experience on the water.

Canoes

 Some canoes will let you have more control but they will move slower through the water, while others will be faster but they will be less durable. Below is a list of the different types of canoes and the pros and cons of each.

 

Parts of the Canoe

Canoes are crafted in many different ways but no matter what their shape or size they all have the same general parts. So, before you set out in your canoe, it is a good idea to know what these parts are so that you can talk about your canoe. Here is a diagram with most of …

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Wooden Canoes

If you want a rustic, authentic experience, then a wooden canoe is what you should get. They are definitely the most beautiful looking canoes. Plus, they are a part of Canadian heritage. They can weigh anywhere from 60 – 80 lbs, depending on how they are made and this number will be higher when the …

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Aluminum Canoes

If you are looking for a recreational canoe that you can leave at your cottage for you or your children to use on the weekends, then an aluminum canoe might be what you’re looking for. QUICK FACTS Pros: inexpensive, very durable and virtually no maintenance. Cons: very noisy, sticks to rocks, can get very hot …

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Fiberglass Canoes

Fiberglass is one of the most common materials used in making canoes. If you are looking for a good cottage canoe that does not require much maintenance, then fibreglass is definitely the way to go.   QUICK FACTS Pros: relatively low maintenance, reasonably durable, easy to repair minor damage and reasonably priced. Cons: heavier than new …

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Kevlar Canoes

If you looking for a reasonably durable, lightweight canoe that you can take on your multi-day canoe trip, that has lots of portages, then look no further. Kevlar canoes are just what you want. You won’t want to take them in white water though, because big impacts can crack the hull. While the canoes are …

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Royalex Canoes

If you are looking for a canoe for white-water, then Royalex should be on the top of your list. Royalex is basically layers of plastic sandwiched together. There are layers of vinyl (abrasion resistant), ABS plastic (impact resistance) and foam (add stiffness and buoyancy). These are pressed together to create a tough and durable canoe. …

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