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5 Questions with Tori Baird

April 13th, 2021 by

Get to know the newest member of the Nova Craft Canoe ambassador team! T ori Baird is the founder of Paddle Like a Girl – a two-day paddling and backcountry skill building workshop for women that Tori runs on her property on the Magnetawan River. Tori’s an accomplished canoeist who has paddled some of Canada’s... Read more »

Sharing is Caring: How a Canoe Share is Fostering Community (mid-pandemic) in Hamilton, ON

March 11th, 2021 by

Matt Thompson on connecting people with place through the power of paddling. W hen COVID-19 hit Ontario in March of 2020, Matt Thompson quickly realized the kind of effects the pandemic lockdown and distancing restrictions could have on his tightknit community in downtown Hamilton, ON. As the weather began warming up and he looked forward... Read more »

Reflecting on 2020

January 4th, 2021 by

Exploring the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the outdoors industry and as they relate to our business and community. I t’s been quite a year. We started things off riding high in anticipation of our 50th anniversary. We dug deep into the company’s history and brought Ken Fisher, the founder of Nova Craft Canoe,... Read more »

Nova Craft Canoe takes on the Canoe Flip Challenge for Project Canoe

November 9th, 2020 by

How many times can you lift a canoe from the ground and onto your shoulders in 60 seconds? T his is the question that the #canoeflipchallenge campaign and its founder Chris Prouse are putting to the outdoors community. The challenge benefits Project Canoe by raising awareness and funds for their programming. For every “flip” of... Read more »

50th Anniversary Photo Contest

October 1st, 2020 by

Many thanks to all who participated in our 50th Anniversary Photo Contest, by submitting entries and by casting votes in the later phase of the contest. I n a year when the in-person celebration events we had planned were cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions, to connect with our community virtually meant a lot. It was... Read more »

Exporting a Canadian Icon

August 13th, 2020 by

It’s an incredible feeling to see the canoes we build right here in London, Ontario enrich the lives of paddlers across the globe by enabling them to experience nature in ways only the canoe can.   T hrough our passion for crafting the best Canadian canoes, what started in a backyard workshop has grown internationally.... Read more »

5(ish) Questions with Tim Miller

March 26th, 2020 by

  T im Miller was president and co-owner of Nova Craft Canoe for 33 years, from 1986 to 2019. He retired last spring and has been spending more time on his bike and in his boat since. We caught up with Tim recently and asked him a few questions about his time leading the company.... Read more »

Celebrating 50 Years in Photos

January 31st, 2020 by

In 2020 Nova Craft is celebrating 50 years on the water. F ounded in 1970 by Ken Fisher, Nova Craft began in the Fisher family garage in Glanworth, Ontario. Since then we’ve grown into an international brand while staying true to our roots: building classic Canadian designs with high quality workmanship and service to provide our... Read more »

Nova Craft Canoe Sponsors the Iconic Bill Mason Prospector

December 16th, 2019 by

We are very excited to announce that we’ve partnered with the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, ON to sponsor Bill Mason’s Prospector for the year 2020. T he Prospector design, originated by the Chestnut Canoe Company, is the most celebrated canoe design on the market. Iterations of the Chestnut classic are made by nearly every... Read more »

Nova Craft Canoe Changes Ownership

March 14th, 2019 by

After nearly 50 years in the canoe making business and over 30 years under the direction of Tim Miller, Nova Craft Canoe hands the paddle to a new owner. The new owner and president of Nova Craft Canoe, Chris Rath, purchased the company effective January 31st, 2019. “W ith the solid foundation built by Tim... Read more »

What’s New for 2019

February 1st, 2019 by

For canoe manufacturers, off season means R & D season. It’s when we hunker down and focus on ways we can improve our products and our customers experiences with them. Here are a couple new options we’re offering in 2019, to make those experiences great. New! Aluminum Lite gunwales on Aramid Lite and Blue Steel... Read more »

6 North of 60

December 13th, 2018 by

In the summer of 2017, 6 alumna of a canoe tripping focused summer camp for girls in Minnesota set out on a major Arctic expedition. Their names are Lindsay Wiebold, Meredith Freshley, Maddie Stoehr, Marissa Sieck, Emily Spangler and Sammi Armacost. They called the trip (and themselves, really)  6 North of 60 – 6 women,... Read more »

Kevin Callan Paddles the Thames River

July 13th, 2018 by

Our friend Kevin Callan, also known as the Happy Camper, is used to tripping in rugged and remote locations. Kevin’s is a familiar name in the world of canoe tripping; he is an author and instructor who is featured regularly on CBC radio, morning talk shows, at canoe symposiums and tradeshows as well as in... Read more »

How to: Install Skid Plates

December 23rd, 2017 by

The off season is the perfect time to assess the past season’s wear on your canoe’s hull. If you notice the gelcoat on your composite canoe wearing thin on the hull’s stems, it may be time to install skid plates. You might be wondering: What’s a skid plate? A skid plate is a strip of... Read more »

Celebrating 5 Years of the Paddle in the Park Contest

November 11th, 2017 by

Fiona Westner-Ramsay of Badger Paddles calls it an outdoor advocacy campaign disguised as a contest.   S he started the Paddle in the Park Contest in 2012 with friend and outdoor blogger Preston Ciere after coming across research which outlined the many physical and mental health benefits of spending time in nature. She wanted to... Read more »

Canoe Tripping Stateside with Explore the Backcountry

June 2nd, 2017 by

Nova Craft ambassador Brad Jennings has had quite the “off-season”. He recently returned to his home in northern Ontario after completing major trips in Florida and in Texas, back to back. G rowing up paddling and camping in Ontario myself, I’ve been spoiled for choice. With millions of lakes, rivers and 72 designated provincial parks,... Read more »

How to: Repair Composite Hulls

December 16th, 2016 by

Sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Despite your best efforts to avoid accidents, errors in loading, carrying or paddling your composite canoe can incur damage to the hull of the boat. Being in the canoe business for over 45 years, we’ve pretty much seen it all: from people who have lost canoes off of... Read more »

Gunwale 101

October 31st, 2016 by

Shopping for a canoe often involves more than people expect. Between choosing a model, material, trim and colour, the experience can feel overwhelming to some. Because most people want to invest in one canoe that will last them a lifetime, they want to be sure that they’re getting it right the first time. This blog entry... Read more »

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