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Boats are the nearest thing to dreams that hands have ever made.

Learn how to build your first boat

High-performance wooden boats for the racing community

Read about Bear Mountain's contributions to one of Canada's oldest sports

News, stories, and updates from around the boat-building world

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Wooden Canoe, Kayak and Small Boat Kits and Plans

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Getting Started

So you want to build your first boat
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Choosing a Design

Good boats begin with good plans
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Learn Online with WoodenBoat School's Mastering Skills Program

One question we get regularly is when our next building class will be. The answer is that we won’t be scheduling anything for the foreseeable future. But we do remember how valuable those courses were, and that’s why we'd like to pass along a recommendation for WoodenBoat's online learning program, Mastering Skills.

Builder Stories: Glen Campbell's Prospector

Decks are one of the key areas builders can use to personalize a canoe. Whether it's inlay work, book-matching, or simply an interesting wood choice, a well-chosen deck can make a canoe truly memorable. Glen Campbell's Prospector is a prime example.

Builder Stories: Martin Devenyi's Composite Canoe

Every once in awhile, a question will come into the Bear Mountain inbox about using carbon fibre in canoe construction. While our expertise is mainly based around fibreglass epoxy, we appreciate seeing how enterprising home builders have modified their approach for weight, strength, or the sheer joy of experimentation.