Dealer Profile Series: Canots Légaré

We’re introducing a new series where we are profiling select authorized Nova Craft Canoe dealers and sharing the stories behind some of the best independent boat retailers in the world. Click here to view the full series of dealer profiles. First up: Canots Légaré located just outside of beautiful Quebec City.


anots Légaré is a family business with a rich history: five generations at your service for over 110 years. Their team is made up of enthusiasts and experts in boat sales and rentals whose mission is to help people of all ages discover the pleasure of paddling. From May to October, Canots Légaré offers packages that allow you to take advantage of their enchanting location and paddle calm water on the St. Charles River, only 15 minutes from downtown Quebec City. The St. Charles River is the perfect place for an activity that is out of the ordinary, no matter your level of paddling experience.

In the early 1900’s, Emma Bernadet-Giroux, Jean Légaré’s great grandmother, began renting canoes. Since then their site became the main boat launching point on the St. Charles River and remains so today. A few years ago, navigation on the river was forbidden by the city of Quebec, but tolerated. Since becoming the owner of the company, Jean has made it his mission to give the river back to the citizens. After several years of discussions with the city, recreational navigation became legal in 2011, allowing Canots Légaré to increase its rental activities. Having experienced strong growth in the last few years, Canots Légaré are proud to offer more than 200 boats for rent to our clients, allowing them to discover the magnificent 20 km of calm water that borders the rental and retail location.

Over the years, Canots Légaré have become a reference point for canoe sales and repairs in Eastern Canada. Whatever your needs, a member of their team will be able to answer all your questions and suggest the right boat for you. Whether you are looking for a white water canoe, an ultra light canoe or a canoe to fish from locally, they have a wide inventory including the canoe that is best for you!

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