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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

Find advice and inspiration on our blog

Wooden Canoe, Kayak and Small Boat Kits and Plans

A man uses a spokeshave on the stems of a wooden canoe

Getting Started

So you want to build your first boat
A man checks inside a nearly finished wooden canoe

Choosing a Design

Good boats begin with good plans
Two copies of Canoecraft by Ted Moores

Canoecraft

Get the book that started it all
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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Do Canoe Keels Really Work?

Are there advantages to adding a keel to your canoe, or are keels just a drag? We asked the designer of our plans, Steve Killing, to weigh in on the subject.

Building A 3D Printed CNC to Build My Canoe, by Christian Delbaere

"When I started planning out my canoe build, I thought a lot about how I would fabricate the station molds. Should I use try my luck at cutting them out by hand using my bandsaw, or should I get a CNC to do it?" Christian Delbaere explains how he built his own CNC machine using mostly 3D-printed parts in order to cut his station molds.

A Kayak Trio - Phil Winch's "Baby Photos"

Almost by chance, Phil Winch came across several partially completed kayaks. He took the unfinished boats into his workshop, and now has a trio of beautiful wooden craft.