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Choosing the Right Canoe for You & Canoeing Georgian Bay by Kevin Callan


Cruiser Series Canoes


Adventure on the East Natashquan by Tori Farquharson


Whitewater & Outfitter Series Canoes


The Appealing Peel by Maya Cairns-Locke


Trim Systems


North of 55 by Virginia Marshall




Prospector Series Canoes


Recreational Series Canoes



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WHAT SHOULD I KNOW BEFORE I BUY A CANOE? Think of a canoe as a long term investment; you will probably go through a few computers, TVs, and even vehicles before you start to see the end of your canoe’s usefulness. The longevity of a canoe will help you create and reflect on lots of fond memories; from your first quick solo day-paddle, to a weekend adventure with your best friend, to a long expedition with a group of fellow paddlers. To choose the right canoe, please consider the following: 1. What type of paddling do you want to do? Will the canoe be used on flatwater, whitewater, or both? A great flatwater canoe will not be the best in big river rapids. Conversely a great whitewater canoe will not be the best choice for crossing lakes. A flatwater canoe should be more straight keeled to assist in tracking. It should also be shallower to reduce the effects of wind, be narrower and have finer entry lines for speed. A good whitewater canoe needs to have some rocker to facilitate quick turns. They will also be deeper and will usually have fuller ends for a drier ride. If you are looking to paddle on both flatwater and whitewater you will need a canoe with good multi-purpose characteristics. 2. What will the typical trip duration be? Will you only be out for an hour or two at the cottage or are you going to go downriver for two weeks? A typical cottage canoe can be small because it will probably only hold the paddlers and a small amount of gear. An expedition canoe will have to have a larger volume to hold all your food, tents, and packs for your entire time in the interior.


3. How many people will be using the canoe at one time? You need to make sure there is enough room in the canoe for everyone. A family canoe that needs to carry four people will obviously need to be bigger than one used for solo paddling. Don’t forget to include pets into the equation. Big dogs that like to move around a lot can easily be equal to one human passenger. 4. How light does it need to be for portaging and car-topping? If you plan on doing a lot of portaging you need to consider the weight of your canoe. You also need to remember that while you may not portage, you still may need to put your boat on top of your vehicle from time to time. Make sure you can lift it comfortably and safely. 5. What material is best for your needs? Composite canoes are lighter and offer better glide through the water whereas plastic boats are tougher and are more appropriate where severe impacts may occur. Whitewater canoes will need to be made of more durable materials to cope with impacts. Flatwater canoes can be made of lighter materials for portaging from lake to lake. 6. What is your budget? As a general rule, lighter canoes are more expensive. While you may have decided that you need a high end boat, the practical matter of expense must be considered.


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CHOOSING THE RIGHT CANOE FOR YOU Whether you want a canoe for extreme sports, long trips or just paddling around the lake, selecting the best one for your lifestyle is an important decision. Afterall, we build them to last a lifetime. That's why we've made it easy for you to choose by following these three easy steps:

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Read the ACTIVITY descriptions on page 15 Match your selected activities with the canoe models shown throughout the catalogue (for "What you should know before buying a canoe", see page 2) Refer to the MATERIALS and SPECIFICATIONS sections on pages 14 and 15 to choose a construction material. Trim options can be found on page 13.

photo credit Peter Mather

CANOEING GEORGIAN BAY KEVIN AND ANDY’S MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR written by Kevin Callan Enjoying the portage-free Georgian Bay. Donald Wood had a point when he said “...maybe it is only on the road to nowhere-inparticular that you find the most important thing of all: Yourself.” I hadn’t a clue where my canoe buddy Andy was taking us on our next canoe (mis)adventure...and I liked it. I usually plan the trips, and Andy graciously tags along. Not this time. He packed the maps, picked me up, drove west, then east, then north – confusing me totally the entire time. He was having fun with the role reversal...maybe too much fun. Andy even blind-folded me when we arrived at the put-in. The route ended up to be Georgian Bay. We paddled from the Key River, south to Snug Harbour. It’s a great stretch of big water, and we had a full eight days to do it in. The trip itself, in calm waters, could be done in five days. However, the Bay is a moderate version of Lake Superior – minus the deadly cold water. Being windbound can be commonplace and adding on a few extra days lessens the anxiety a bit.


I should have pieced things together before we reached Georgian Bay. I packed as if we had to portage. We always portage. I dehydrated the meals, brought light-weight gear, minimized the whiskey supply, and even second guessed bringing a small camp chair. Andy arrived to pick me up with his 18 ft. Nova

Andy arrived to pick me up with his 18 ft. Nova Craft Prospector. That’s a big canoe that can fit lots of gear. Craft Prospector. That’s a big canoe that can fit lots of gear. He also had a massive, extra comfy Therm-a-rest sleeping mat and an oversized lawn chair strapped to his pack. Andy’s reason for choosing Georgian Bay

was simple enough: both him and I had never paddled that stretch – and the route had no portages. Andy refused to plan a trip this season that had portages. I guess it made sense, since the last trip I took him on was Algonquin’s Meanest link which added up to 93 portages, measuring 68 kilometres. Check out the video series of Kevin and Andy’s Magical Mystery Tour of Georgian Bay on the KCHappyCamper YouTube channel.

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Spring 2016 Tori hoists a beautiful brook trout.

TORI FARQUHARSON ON HER FLY-IN CANOE TRIP IN THE NORTHERN QUEBEC WILDERNESS written by Tori Farquharson, photos by Jim Baird hazards and bombing a 6-foot Thinking we were done with whitewater for standing wave that almost the day, we quickly reassess our map as we swamps us, we manage to approach what sounds like a class 3+ rapid. It’s finish the rapid unscathed. Our day 5 of our trip on the east branch of the Natashquan River and my boyfriend Jim and I day ends on a beach site next to an old burn, lush with just finished running a 4-kilometer long canyon fireweed. full of class IIDay 6 is III rapids. It’s a another beautiful day After some scouting, we find beautiful day, and the swift what remains of the trail and but we feel a current carries us through the begin following it up a massive little uneasy the magnificent hill that's strewn with downed about approaching scenery, but my feelings trees; as tough as this is, it proves 6km portage to of relaxation to be a bleak foreshadowing of needed skirt the East quickly dissipate with how the rest of our carry will go. Natashquan’s other huge canyon. the approachThe portage starts in an old ing “surprise” burn and it’s difficult to find the ancient Monrapid. After quickly scouting, we decide it’s tagnais Innu trail. After some scouting, we find runnable, a decision I’m not too sure of, what remains of the trail and begin following it considering I’m still fairly new to whitewater up a massive hill that's strewn with downed paddling. After avoiding massive pinning

Taking a well deserved rest during a long carry on the East Natashquan.


trees; as tough as this is, it proves to be a bleak foreshadowing of how the rest of our carry will go. For the next 2 days, we don’t even see the river, filling up our water bottles in whatever small springs and creeks we pass. I threaten to call in a heli-evac when I find out what feels like 10-miles has only been 1-kilometer. The portage is so long that even our dog Buck doesn’t want to walk back with us to get our last load. The portage finally comes to and end on Day 8 at a small pond that connects back to the river; I’ve never been so happy to be wading knee deep through beaver swamp muck in my life. The next few days are full of beautiful beaches, runnable rapids and delectable fish. So delectable in fact, that we have a guest stop by for a bite. While cooking up dinner on day 11, I hear sticks breaking in the trees behind us. Luckily, Buck hears it too, and just as a black bear crashes out of the bush onto our campsite, he charge barks it back into the forest. While Jim flies into action and fires a bear banger, I stand paralyzed in fear. The bear doesn’t return in the night, but the next morning he’s moseying around on the other side of the river, while we break camp in record speed. Apprehension looms as our trip nears its end; I’m not ready for it to be over. We spend our last night camped on an immaculate beach site adjacent to a beautiful waterfall. We sip hot chocolate next to the campfire and reminisce about the adventures we’d had. And, as if to give us a grand finale, the Northern Lights make their appearance as waves of green dance across the starlit sky.

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THE APPEALING PEEL YUKON’S PEEL WATERSHED THROUGH THE EYES OF MAYA written by Maya Cairns-Locke, photos by Peter Mather When we were midway through the Wind River, our posse got rained in and our canoeing day was delayed. My sisters (Kennedy and Ava) and me (Maya), spent at least four hours in a tent playing cards and Battleship, reading, drawing, and giggling. Finally, after an eternity of waiting, the downpour turned to mist and we were able to leave the tent (only because our mom made us). We left the next day to 30-degree weather and a very delicious apple (our group was scarce on fruits and veggies). That was the first of dozens of scorching hot days. We (Me, Kennedy, Ava, Mom, Peter, Opa, and Mary) started our trip in Mayo, Yukon and flew into a place called McClusky Lake and portaged to the confluence of the Wind River and McClusky Creek. As soon as we got there, mosquitos ambushed us. Fifty itchy bug bites and 5 squirts of After-Bite later, our group was on our way to “The Caribou Lick.” “The Caribou Lick” was no different than the confluence: buggy. My sister, Kennedy, got heatstroke on the second day there and slept for 24 hours and then started being cranky when she woke up for dinner. Actually, I woke her up, but she’s a teenager so it makes sense that she was mad. The next thing we knew, we were on our way to a Flood Plain as our third campsite. It

was a perfect place for hiking and just randomly running around, attempting to catch an old tennis ball we found in a backpack. My sisters and I were mostly fond of the perfect “Kick the Can” environment. Even if it meant I had to be sitting in the bushes for about ten minutes straight, I was totally up for a game. Peter insisted we play “Kick the Kid,” but Mom thought that would be hazardous for our mental health.

I really enjoyed the scenery. The towering cliffs, the mysterious turquoise water, the ruby red rocks, the blue outlined radioactive looking fish, and mostly the awesome designs I found on the rocks. The trip was going by so quick, so I decided to slow things down a bit. I really enjoyed the scenery. The towering cliffs, the mysterious turquoise water, the ruby red rocks, the blue outlined radioactive looking fish, and mostly the awesome designs I found on the rocks. So, I wrote all that down in a journal. When I was done, I looked at my watch. Five minutes gone.

Things were slowing down already. I was making progress! Most of our paddling days just ended up with Ava and I begging Peter to raft up so we could listen to our Mom read us To Kill a Mockingbird or so we could just laugh our heads off, watching each other stick our butts out the side of the boat when we had to go to the bathroom. All of the rafting days were pretty much water days. The kids and Opa would jump out of the boat and fight over the water pistols Opa found in the cereal box, giving each other mud baths, and also getting our bare bums wet in freezing cold water when we slipped trying to go to the bathroom. So the days were pretty slow, which was good in my case. Soon enough, we were pulling up at our last campsite before Fort McPherson. My sisters and I spent the day catching frogs and floating down the river until our feet were numb. Before I knew it, I was on the river again on our last day in the marvelous Peel Watershed. I had only paddled two minutes it seemed, when we pulled up at Fort McPherson. I was sad that the trip was over, but I found myself kissing the ground. If I turned around and looked back down the river, I could still see those towering cliffs... PROTECT THE PEEL!!!!!! Maya, Age 11 Whitehorse, Yukon

Maya soaks in the vistas of the Peel Watershed.


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NORTH OF 55 SWIFTWATER RIVERS AND SWEETWATER SEALS IN NUNAVIK written by Virginia Marshall From our position in the micro-eddy, our view of the rapids ends just downriver where the gorge makes a sharp elbow to the left. To reach this eddy, we’d made a committing diagonal charge across the current, slipping across the shallow eddyline just below a delta of guard rocks, and a heartbeat above a trio of crashing waves. Now, Kim and I brace the worn soles of our river shoes against slick boulders, the swirling current of the Nastapoka River tugging at our legs and the two 17-foot Prospectors that are our lifeline through the wild, empty taiga of Northern Quebec. Our journey began five-and-a-half weeks earlier at Lac des Oeufs, a dusty, daylong shuttle on the Trans-Taiga Highway from Radisson, Quebec. The earth-and-gravel barrage at our put-in marks the northernmost extent of Hydropaddlers, however, it is the ever-changing characQuébec’s massive James Bay Project—a series of ter and challenges of the waterways that captidams, underground power plants and some vate us most. 30,000 square kilometres of reservoirs and A quick glance at the 70s-era black-and-white harnessed waterways that comprised the world’s topographic maps with which we navigate largest hydroelectric development for a quarterreveals a landscape that is more water than land. century, until surpassed by China’s Three Gorges. Shallow headwater lakes are intricate, confusing Where Hydro-Québec’s reach ends, Nunavik’s mosaics of bays, chanwild and free-flowing nels, peninsulas, islands rivers begin. and isthmuses. PortagTraversing north and But it is the rivers and rapids ing between these wawest for 730 kilometres, that we observe and feel tery labyrinths is an we’ve witnessed a readventurous alchemy of markable transition: most intensely. map-reading, educated from flatlands crowded guessing and blind with spindly black luck. The larger lakes along our route are equally spruce and tamarack, to the sinuous, sandy ridges varied, with the five days we spend navigating of glacially deposited eskers stretching to the horiLac des Loups Marins (Big Seal Lake) zon, to the rugged, rocky domes above treeline. As photo by Conor Mihell


photo by Virginia Marshall a scenic and trip highlight. Crystalline water, stunning campsites, magnificently stormy weather and our first sightings of kasagea—Nunavik’s rare and elusive freshwater seal, found only in these waters and genetically distinct from its saltwater cousin, the harbour seal—define our time on this sprawling lake. But it is the rivers and rapids that we observe and feel most intensely. At the outset of our journey, higher early summer water levels and canoes laden with food and gear for our 45-day, self-supported trip to Umiujaq on the Hudson Bay coast add to the challenge. Fortunately, our Nova Craft Prospector 17 is up to the task, manoeuvring across muscular currents and pushy boil lines with classic Prospector grace and stability. Even better, the TuffStuff Expedition hull holds up to wading, sliding and even a couple hard hits with only scratches and scuffs to show for the abuse. Many meals and miles later, we savour the Nastapoka’s runnable class II-III whitewater, and enjoy the change in perspective afforded by portaging around increasingly cataclysmic waterfalls and chutes. The final gorge begins in earnest at a thunderous twin falls just 15 kilometres from Hudson Bay. Beyond the churning cascades the river turns abruptly, creating a pool of calmer water where we linger two nights at an idyllic campsite of shelving rose granite polished as smooth as any countertop. After nightfall, northern lights dance across the pure-black sky, framed by the river’s steep-walled valley. Back in our micro-eddy, Kim and I are anxious to start our final descent of the gorge. Jon and Conor finally return from a futile attempt to scout beyond the bend, stymied by impenetrable alder thickets and precipitous shoreline. After weeks of anticipation, we realize we ll simply have to go for it. The trip has been a training of sorts for this moment, and as the mighty river pulls our canoes into its flow and propels us irrevocably around the corner, our strokes feel strong and sure.

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Prospector 16’

The Prospector 15 is a scaled-down version of our larger Prospectors that's faithful to the original lines in every way. You get all the great handling features that make the Prospector a paddling legend in a package that's a bit smaller and more responsive. The P15 is an ideal choice for paddlers who want a tripping boat but don't need the extra volume. Its extra responsiveness also makes the P15 a fun tandem playboat.

The Chestnut Prospector has probably been described more often in text than any other canoe, it's just that popular. Our version of this venerable craft is faithful to the original. Since 1984, we've gone out of our way to continue the tradition so future generations of paddlers can enjoy this icon of Canadian history. The Workhorse of the Canadian north, our Prospector feels most at home loaded with gear on a remote wilderness lake or river. While it is best suited for river tripping, it remains versatile enough to be a good all round canoe. With experience, the self-righting aspects of the shallow arch hull will become apparent and confidence levels will soar. What’s more, it provides a very dry ride in big waves and whitewater. It is simply the best all round wilderness tripping canoe available.

• shallow arch • moderate rocker • symmetrical • avail. with or without shoe keel

• shallow arch • moderate rocker • symmetrical • avail. with or without shoe keel

Prospector 17’

Prospector 18’

If you want a canoe that will handle a month's worth of supplies to head out on a wilderness adventure, this is the canoe for you. In the Prospector 17 you'll find all the great things that have made this canoe a paddling legend in places like the Yukon and the Canadian Arctic. With lots of volume to keep you and your gear dry in whitewater, it still tracks well with good hull speed on flatwater. Our durable materials and classic Prospector lines make the P17 the ultimate wilderness extended tripping canoe.

The cargo capacity of the Prospector 18 model can only be described as massive. The Prospector lines produce a canoe that feels deceptively light and responsive, but there's tons of space to pack in a load of supplies for any expedition with room left over to toss in the kitchen sink. The P18 is a big boat with straighter tracking than our shorter Prospectors. It's perfect for the wilderness traveler intent on expedition style adventures or a large family wanting to travel in one canoe.

• shallow arch • moderate rocker • symmetrical • avail. with or without shoe keel


• shallow arch • moderate rocker • symmetrical

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Muskoka 15’ 10”

This Chestnut Canoe was originally built with the outdoorsman of the early 1900s in mind. Chestnut’s mission was to design a craft that would enable outdoorsmen to paddle small creeks as well as large lakes and be small enough to get through the then nonexistent portage trails at the same time. To meet these unique needs, The Chestnut Canoe Company brought something efficient yet maneuverable into production. For the modern canoeist, both the primary and secondary stability of the Trapper are reassuring, though its stability does not sacrifice its speed. It has lots of space, for everything from a day of fishing to a week of tripping in the back country. It is a great canoe to use for improving your “J” stroke and can also be used with a double blade paddle. The Trapper combines the enjoyment of a stable fishing platform with the benefits of a small and light craft for portaging into small productive lakes.

The Muskoka is a traditional canoe designed to provide comfort and safety for anyone looking for a canoe suitable for light recreational use. Easy weekend trips or poking around the lakes and rivers near a cottage are where this canoe will excell. The Muskoka has enough carrying capacity for a young family, yet it provides enough stability to make an outing with kids and dogs enjoyable. The traditional lines of this canoe make it a joy to paddle, but those same lines make the Muskoka a pleasure to contemplate resting on your dock as you sit in your chair and enjoy a favourite beverage while the sun sets.

• shallow arch • slight rocker with raised ends • symmetrical

• flat bottom • slight rocker • symmetrical • with keel

Bob Special 15’

PAL 16’

The Chestnut Canoe Company responded to the need for a lightweight canoe well suited to solo tripping and casual tandem paddling by introducing the versatile Bob Special. While the canoe was very stable due to its larger than normal width, the hull shape was optimized for performance resulting in a canoe that was remarkably fast. Our version is based on the Chestnut original with some improvements to increase speed and sea worthiness. It is ideally suited as a tandem day-tripper yet large enough for a weekend canoe trip. It really shines when paddled solo by a competent paddler. The Bob has a unique blend of characteristics that produce a canoe novice paddlers can enjoy yet experts can savour.

During its long history of building canoes, the Chestnut Canoe Company produced a range of models they called Pleasure canoes. One model proved to have such universal appeal that it became the definition of a general-purpose craft. This model began life as the Ajax but it grew to be so popular that it was renamed PAL to reflect the affection owners felt while using it. Nova Craft has painstakingly reproduced the lines of the original PAL to provide today’s paddlers with the opportunity to own one of the best general-purpose traditional canoes ever made. The PAL is a new addition to our line up and it's a great choice for paddlers who want a canoe that does it all well. Nicely suited for flatwater trips or short outings for sightseeing or fishing, the PAL handles rough water well and feels comfortable in windy conditions. Indeed, it’s a pleasure to paddle either tandem or solo. Once you paddle one you’ll know why owners call it “My PAL”.

• shallow arch • slight rocker with raised ends • symmetrical • avail. with or without shoe keel


• shallow arch • slight rocker with raised ends • symmetrical

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Haida 17’

The classic lines of this canoe hide the modern innovations incorporated into the hull design. While it still looks like a traditional canoe from every angle, it has an asymmetrical hull that improves speed. There is little rocker along the keel, which makes it easy to track yet provides maneuverability when you need it. This is a versatile family canoe that people can grow into. Beginners will find the stability reassuring and as paddlers become more advanced they will appreciate the faster hull and easy glide.

The Haida is the "big brother" of our Tripper model. It's asymmetrical and shares all the same handling characteristics of the 16 foot canoe but it's a bit wider and a bit longer. That gives it extra carrying capacity without changing speed or handling. The added roominess and stability means it is an ideal canoe for families who want to enjoy some tripping with young children, whether it is just a weekend jaunt to a favourite park or a wilderness adventure lasting a couple of weeks. The Haida is novice friendly yet still has enough performance to appeal to experienced paddlers. Both the beginner and the expert will enjoy the Haida either for relaxation or the adventures of a wilderness trip.

• shallow arch • straight keel with raised ends • asymmetrical

• flat bottom • straight keel with raised ends • asymmetrical


Teddy 12’

The Chestnut Canoe Company designed the Cronje to be a fast, reliable canoe for people who have a destination in mind. The design is rich in history and is a very able performer. Our reproduction of this venerable canoe retains both the paddling characteristics and the tradition of the original. The Cronje is ideally suited to paddlers who want to challenge big, open water by covering distance with ease. Fast lines and excellent tracking make it a joy to use. Cargo capacity isn't compromised for speed and the canoe handles well both with a load and empty. Its lower profile means less wind drag on the water and lower weight on the portage trail. The Cronje is most at home in landscapes with large open lakes like the famed Boundary Waters or Algonquin Park.

This original Chestnut Canoe Company design with Nova Craft innovation offers a craft that is perfect for children. Kids will love to be able to take it out on their own and enjoy spending time on the water in a canoe that they can manage easily. Outfitting your children with the right equipment is as essential to water safety as supervision. Ensure that the kids will be safe on the water with this stable and easy-to-use canoe. The Teddy is all about comfort with safety in mind for the kids. It will carry them and all the gear they'll need for a small journey as it requires minimal effort to keep it gliding on the water. The featherweight of this craft also allows them to move it in and out of the water with ease. The Teddy will allow kids to have fun in their exploration of the outdoors without the frustration of complicated, technical and never-ending instruction. Keep quiet and watch them learn!

• shallow arch • fast entry lines • symmetrical • slight rocker


• shallow arch • slight rocker with raised ends • symmetrical

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WHITEWATER shown with ash trim

Supernova 14’ 10” Solo

Ocoee 11’ 3”

The Supernova was designed as the ideal solution for the paddler who loves to do solo wilderness river trips. While the Supernova hull characteristics do what you'd expect from a white water boat – like keep you dry and effortlessly surf a wave – where you really appreciate the canoe is the flat water sections in between the frothy stuff. The Supernova would be most appreciated by experienced paddlers who enjoy messing around in rapids. Even though it comes to life in the rough stuff, it retains enough of a quiet nature that it won't feel out of place for a casual paddle on the local pond. In the hands of a competent paddler the Supernova is an excellent dance partner.

One of the most popular solo whitewater "playboat" canoes ever produced, the Ocoee is an extremely flexible boat suitable for creeking and general river running. It is a very predictable canoe yet is still able to accomplish dynamic and aggressive moves in the most challenging whitewater. Even though it is forgiving enough to accommodate beginners, it is an outstanding OC1 for slalom competitions. With practice the Ocoee is definitely a canoe that anyone can handle. The hard chines and flat bottom create a "carving edge" that taps into the power of the river making for tighter turns that let you snap it in and out of eddies with ease. The hull has a compound tumblehome on the sides that gives it remarkable secondary stability compared to other open playboat canoe designs. The pronounced rocker and flat bottom means the boat holds its momentum and angle, carves effortlessly, loves to surf and runs even big waves with unmatched dryness.

• shallow arch • moderate rocker • symmetrical

• flat bottom • pronounced rocker • symmetrical


Prospector 15’, 16’ and 17’

One of the most outstanding wild rivers in Canada is the namesake for Nova Craft's river expedition canoe, the Moisie. It is an incredible tripping canoe for modern day explorers who want to tackle whitewater with big waves and deep holes. The symmetrical shape, deep hull, large volume ends and 4” of rocker makes for lots of manoeuvrability and a dry ride in the big stuff. At 34” wide the Moisie still has enough speed on the flat sections to get you to the next set of rapids with ease. The Moisie has plenty of carrying capacity for extended river expeditions. Surfing, sideslipping and ferrying in and out of rapids are all handled with ease. Whether you're just out to enjoy a day of play in whitewater or you're about to head out on a month long expedition, the Moisie is an amazing canoe that can make even a newcomer to paddling look like an expert.

The Outfitter models have the same performance characteristics as our famous Prospector models, but are made from a tough 3 layer polyethylene plastic that withstands hard knocks and extensive use. Because the material is nearly indestructible, it makes them attractive to owners who plan to subject them to hard use with little maintenance. While the Outfitters are our heaviest boats, they are also the most affordable canoes we produce. Outfitted with extra-durable plastic seats, these canoes are ideal for canoe liveries and rental shops since they will give many years of faithful service at an attractive price. For a family looking for a canoe they can leave knocking around at the cottage, they'll have a canoe that should last a lifetime.

• shallow arch • pronounced rocker • symmetrical


Prospector 15’ shown

• shallow arch • moderate rocker • symmetrical

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TRIM SYSTEMS Standard Trim: Low maintenance trim features Options: include aircraft-grade black anodized aluminum gunwales with aluminum reinforced ABS end decks standard on composite canoes. Reinforced vinyl gunwales with oversized rotomolded decks standard on Outfitter Series. Nylon laced ash seats, ash thwarts, carry handles and a balanced carrying yoke complete the package. Ash seats with black webbing are standard on Outfitter Series canoes.

Wood Trim:

We use only straight grained white ash gunwales fastened with stainless steel screws. Ash grained seats, ash thwarts, custom cut decks, contoured carrying handles and a hand rubbed oil finish complete the look.

White Ash Gunwales, Oil Finish

Standard Trim

Ash Web Seat Kneeling Thwart Aramid Skid Plates Installed Additional Centre Seat Knee Pads Custom Colour Expedition Spray Deck Spray Deck Installation

Wood Trim



Fibreglass, TuffStuff, Aramid Lite, TuffStuff Expedition, BlueSteel:

We could use less expensive materials, but why would we? Our philosophy has always been to give our customers the best materials available at the best possible price, and then guarantee the canoe for life, period. After all, quality endures much longer than the lure of a low price.






Ox Blood

Olive Green


Blue Steel


Ash Bootlace Seat

Ash Webbed Seat

Standard Yoke

SP3 Deluxe Yoke Red


*Colours may not be exactly as shown.


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Because you’re going to be sitting on them for the better part of 15 years, you might as well be comfortable. Our exclusive nylon laced seats are beautiful to look at, tough as nails and best of all, they cradle you like your favorite chair. In fact, in almost every review written about our canoes, our seats are noted for their superb comfort and support.


Portaging your canoe shouldn’t be a pain in the neck. Our deluxe sculpted ash yokes fit comfortably on your shoulders and distributes weight evenly. We’ve even notched out a section for that little bone in the back of your neck. You’ll appreciate it whether your portage is 5 minutes or 5 miles.

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MATERIALS Resin Infusion System Our unique, hightech Infusion System, adapted from the aerospace industry, offers distinct advantages over traditional boat building systems: • Eliminates human error • Drastically reduces the number of blemishes and imperfections • Dramatically improves production efficiency • Produces stronger, higher quality laminates • Reduces excess resin in the laminate • Has far less gas emissions (a plus for the environment) • Produces better, more consistent boats. Today, Nova Craft Canoe uses this unique process on every high-tech composite canoe we make. It costs us more to produce canoes this way but the quality speaks for itself. The bottom line: You get a superior, stronger lightweight canoe, made to exacting standards while we protect the environment.


is a very affordable composite material with a proven track record of durability. Our fiberglass hulls are among the lightest and most rugged on the market today. We use woven fiberglass cloth, instead of chopped strand mat, to

make a truly superior hull. Most of our fiberglass models come with a shoe keel.


is a cutting edge composite made of basalt and Innegra fibers. Basalt fibre is made of melted basalt rock and Innegra is a fibre consisting mostly of polypropylene. When they are woven together into a cloth and infused with our new rubber modified vinylester resin, the result is simply amazing! TuffStuff canoes are a great choice for paddlers looking for a light canoe for extended flatwater tripping with more than enough strength to handle lots of abuse in the back country.

Aramid Lite

is proven to have considerable longevity, increased structural strength and is lighter than our traditional Aramid material. The hull components are 100% Aramid cloth and a premium vinylester resin that is engineered for maximum elongation. The Aramid Lite remains unmatched in its weight class in terms of durability and will outlast the ompetition at a reasonable price.

Stiff for great performance, incredible impact resistance and lightweight all in one canoe. You can see some of the severe abuse these canoes can take on our YouTube channel. Now our TuffStuff Expedition canoes are even stronger with our new rubber modified vinylester resin.

Blue Steel

Nova Craft’s exclusive BLUE STEEL is an advanced Aramid Carbon material combined with Innegra and applied through a unique infusion process. The result is a tough, rigid canoe that’s surprisingly light and easy to handle. The ideal lightweight option for expedition adventure.


canoe hulls are made by roto-molding three layers of superlinear polyethylene plastic. The two outer layers are solid and the middle layer is foam. These canoes are extremely strong and are an excellent choice for river use or general recreational use. These are the most affordable canoes we make. Our tough SP3 canoes are very popular for outfitters and rental stations.

TuffStuff Expedition

is a more robust heavier duty version of our standard TuffStuff construction. These canoes are an excellent choice for an expedition grade canoe for extended wilderness trips and whitewater use.

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We dropped a canoe 100 feet from the top of a building and could still paddle it home,

that’s TuffStuff

With the demise of Royalex last year, Nova Craft has been working hard to find replacement materials for super strong, lightweight canoes. After consulting with a materials research lab and conducting extensive in house testing, we are proud to introduce our new TuffStuff composite canoes. Using Basalt and Innegra fibres in our proprietary layups, these canoes offer unsurpassed impact resistance in a hull that is both stiffer and lighter than Royalex.

View our YouTube channel to see the full story, we think you’ll agree “that’s TuffStuff ”

TuffStuff. Even better for 2016.


Nova Sports Equipment Ltd. 471 Nightingale Avenue, London, Ontario, N5W 4C4 (519) 455-6252 • Fax: (519) 455-8162 Email: •

1-866-88 CANOE

We endeavor to produce high quality products that give years of dependable service. For the original owner, if any defects in material or workmanship are found we will repair them or replace the canoe at our discretion. We will also provide ongoing repair services to our customers at a reasonable rate. In all cases, the owner is responsible for transporting the canoe to and from our factory.

Nova Craft Canoe Catalogue 2016  
Nova Craft Canoe Catalogue 2016