Canoes have been a major part of the Canadian experience for hundred of years. Without the canoe, great stretches of Canada would not have been explored and developed. A thousand years ago, the natives acknowledged the supremacy of the canoe as a means of travel. Their designs have been copied and modified over the past hundred or so years.
When you are ready to get involved in canoeing, you will have to make some fairly major decisions in terms of the kind of canoe that you want to use.
Using a canoe involves the consideration of several basic factors:
The type of water that you will be paddling on - flat or whitewater.
What cargo, including people, it will need to carry.
The number of portages will determine the weight of the canoe itself.
Who will use the canoe - the same partners, or a more diverse group.
When you choose a canoe, you should know a bit about the various parts of it and their functions. Parts of the canoe have names that are derived from older English terms used in wooden boat building. You should really be versed in most of these terms in order to convince people that you are not a complete idiot!
For Canoe Part Names
on a diagram
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