↑ Return to Canoes

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 the parts that you would need to know.

Parts of a canoe

DEFINITIONS
BOW:
The front of the canoe.
BOW SEAT: The seat located at the front end of a canoe.
DECK: The triangular piece of material, to which the gunwale are attached at the bow and stern.
HANDLE: The handle that is located right behind or in front of the deck. It can be used for carrying or in storing the canoe.
GUNWALE (GUNNEL): The section along the top of the canoe from stern to bow where the sides meet; a strip along the top of the canoe’s sides.
HULL: The main structure of an open canoe.
PORT: The left side of the canoe when facing the bow.
STARBOARD: The right side of the canoe when facing the bow.
STERN: The rear of the canoe.
STERN SEAT: The seat located at the rear end of a canoe.
YOKE: A beam in the centre of a canoe that allows the canoe to rest on a person’s shoulders when portaging.