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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Welcoming Refugees Canadian Style

August 19th, 2016 by

Nova Craft Canoe is and always has been proud to be Canadian. To me, being a proud Canadian fundamentally means, at least, these two things: first, a respect for the land and natural environment of our country and, second, a dedication to the values of our nation as a cultural mosaic, namely inclusion and tolerance.... Read more »

How to: Gelcoat Repairs

October 21st, 2015 by

As this paddling season comes to a close we’re taking stock of the feedback we have received about our new materials, TuffStuff and TuffStuff Expedition. We are happy to say that consumer reviews have been very positive and these new canoes have proven themselves as excellent options for flatwater and whitewater use. B ut it... Read more »

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