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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

Find advice and inspiration on our blog

Wooden Canoe, Kayak and Small Boat Kits and Plans

A man uses a spokeshave on the stems of a wooden canoe

Getting Started

So you want to build your first boat
A man checks inside a nearly finished wooden canoe

Choosing a Design

Good boats begin with good plans
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Canoecraft

Get the book that started it all

Read Our Latest Blog Posts

Canoebuilding in the Time of COVID

An update from the Bear Mountain shop, plus a call out to send us stories about your own pandemic projects.

Builder Stories: Family Project by William John Beyette

Some of the most consistently inspiring stories we hear about at Bear Mountain are multi-generational. On the one hand, it’s great to see woodworke...

Making a Feature Plank (Kayakcraft Excerpt)

A custom planking detail, placed judiciously, will personalize your boat. This excerpt from Kayakcraft will walk you through the steps of creating a feature plank and incorporating it into your design.