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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

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
Two copies of Canoecraft by Ted Moores

Canoecraft

Get the book that started it all
Joan Barrett and Ted Moores pose for a portrait against the backdrop of the Bear Mountain Boats workshop. A caption underneath reads "Photo Credit: Andrew Szeto"

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History in Every Canoe: Doug Brentnell's Repurposed Wood Craft

When Doug Brentnell shared his building story with us, we couldn't resist asking him to write something for our blog. Doug's canoes are rich with history and personal significance, and we were moved by his comparison between canoe building and quilting. Here's the story of how he set out to build a canoe for each of his kids and grandkids using repurposed woods.

Howard Shepherd's Y2K Canoe: A Bob's Special 21 Years in the Making

Some builders are eager to get started as soon as their kit arrives; others savour having a long-term project to chip away at. Sometimes life intervenes, and a canoe build has to be moved to the backburner for awhile. That was the case for Howard Shepherd, who ordered a kit in 2000. His Bob's Special was finished and launched 21 years later, completing a decades-long dream. The canoe was a continual source of inspiration, and we're grateful to Howard for sharing his story. Read on to hear it in his words.

Do Canoe Keels Really Work?

Are there advantages to adding a keel to your canoe, or are keels just a drag? We asked the designer of our plans, Steve Killing, to weigh in on the subject.