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Boats are the nearest thing to dreams that hands have ever made.

Learn how to build your first boat

High-performance wooden boats for the racing community

Read about Bear Mountain's contributions to one of Canada's oldest sports

News, stories, and updates from around the boat-building world

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Wooden Canoe, Kayak and Small Boat Kits and Plans

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Getting Started

So you want to build your first boat
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Good boats begin with good plans
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Joan Barrett and Ted Moores pose for a portrait against the backdrop of the Bear Mountain Boats workshop. A caption underneath "Photo Credit: Andrew Szeto"

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Adventures in Composite Canoe Building, Part III: Hyde and Cheryl

In Part III of the Composite Canoe Building series, Randy Pfeifer succeeds in building his lightest canoe yet. See his process, the materials he used, and final thoughts in this concluding post.

Adventures in Composite Canoe Building, Part II: Jeckle

In Part 1 of this series, Randy's first canoe off the mold was unexpectedly heavy. With his second attempt, he begins the process of shaving some weight from a Freedom 17 built using composite materials.

Adventures in Composite Canoe Building, Part 1: Heckle

Randy Pfeifer maintains the Bear Mountain Boats Builders' Forum and is highly knowledgeable on the subject of woodstrip epoxy canoes. In this series, he documents his experiments building multiple canoes using composite materials, with the goal of creating a lightweight but fully functional Freedom 17.