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Canoe Building Workshops

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PLEASE NOTE: the $250 charge listed above covers the DEPOSIT ONLY. The full balance of $1250 is due 45 days prior to the course start date.

What will I learn?

Ted Moores, master builder and author of Canoecraft, will guide a small group of five students through the building of a Ranger 15 or Freedom 17 canoe from start to finish. Along with trusted co-instructor Paul Price, Ted covers every aspect of the process from setting up the strongback to working with epoxy to installing trim. At the end of the seven-day, hands-on experience, interested students will draw straws for the chance to purchase the finished canoe at cost.

Who can attend?

Small craft building is a rewarding experience for people of all ages and abilities. Pride and patience are much more important than skill and previous experience. The only prerequisite is a desire to learn. Over the past 25 years of presenting workshops, we have worked with students from ages 13+, in combinations of family (child/parent/grandparent) and friends. If you would like a customized course for your group give us a call - we are quite flexible and can consider special requests from schools, clubs, etc.

Cost and Registration

Tuition for the seven-day workshop at Bear Mountain Boat Shop is $1250 (US). Please note the initial $250 deposit is required to reserve your spot, with the full balance due 45 days prior to the course start date.

After you have paid your deposit we will send a registration form via email. Further details are available here, and don't hesitate to call and ask for information.

Accommodations and Activities

We are happy to offer suggestions for local accommodation and activities. There are many options that may be tailored to your particular taste and budget. A variety of accommodations are available from simple to elegant bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, cottages and motels. The historic small village of Westport is situated on the historic Rideau Canal in eastern Ontario. There is lots to do including paddling, hiking and visiting local artisans and galleries. 

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