Not all canoes are created equal and finding that magic boat can take years. Our commitment to quality and experience helps us match boats to both the paddling ability of our guests and the rivers on which they will be used. When we choose canoes we are looking at their ability to create harmony between a paddler and moving water.
Three canoe designs make up the majority of our expedition fleet.
The venerable Prospector design has long been considered the gold standard of expedition canoeing. With its smooth lines, easy paddling and forgiving nature it is no wonder it became Bill Mason's canoe of choice. Coming in a variety of lengths and materials this boat is at home in almost all situations and is a first choice for our Classic canoe expeditions. It is fast on flat water and performs great in whitewater and forms the backbone of our fleet. This season we will receive our first shipment of Prospectors in the new T-Formex material. We look forward to testing out this classic design in the latest construction.
Another proven design is the Old Town Tripper. Fast with a high bow and stern and known for its stability, it is an ideal expedition canoe. The Tripper is often the boat of choice of our guide team when it comes to carrying lots of gear and still being able to run challenging rapids with ease.
Finally there is the Esquif Canyon. We fell in love with it from its first production run and it has developed a deserving reputation as a stable, forgiving and above all dry canoe. These qualities makes it our first choice for our Nahanni headwaters trips as well as on rivers like the Mountain. The volume in its bow and stern take the edge out of relentless rapids and inspires confidence amongst all who paddle in them and make them a whitewater favourite.
We are proud of our fleet and constantly look for ways to make your wilderness experience even more exceptional. If you have questions about our canoes don’t hesitate to get in touch.
See you on the water,