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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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Builder Stories: The 25-Year Canoe Build by Alex Cutting

Many woodworkers¬†take years to realize their dream of building a canoe, but Alex Cutting's story is unique in that he¬†laid the first planks¬†as a child and finished the work as a full-grown adult. His story struck us as a¬†testament to patience and perseverance‚ÄĒand the final product was worth the wait.

Up on Bear Mountain: Reflections from the Early Days

An old photo from our archives gives Joan an opportunity to reflect on the early days of the business, and its origins on the original Bear Mountain.

A Tribute to the Loyal Shop Dog

As of winter 2022, virtually everyone on earth can agree¬†the past couple of years have been rough. At Bear Mountain we've been fortunate to be able to to continue supplying builders, and we're glad to have helped people pour their creativity into a project rather than spending more time stuck in a vicious news cycle. Sometimes, though, there's no substitute for a quiet moment with a good dog‚ÄĒand so we've put together a little gallery featuring two of our favourite things.