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Lots of stuff goes on in this shop, located in Lorette, Manitoba.

Primarily it's the building and repair of classic wood & canvas canoes, and the making of premium canoe paddles. I also do custom boat building, composite fabrication, and special projects. A growing passion of mine is the making of classical guitars, I'll post about that, too.

I want to be able to share with my clients the progress of their commissioned work. Later I started thinking that there might be other people who are interested in what goes on inside a wooden canoe shop operated by an artist and a recovering teacher.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me by email, phone, or by post. My mailing address is:

Red River Canoe & Paddle
24249 River Rd
Lorette, Manitoba
R5K 0Z6

Canoe models and pricing

The price for each model is based upon a "standard build".  Other build options are available upon request, please inquire for pricing.   Custom built boats are also an option, please inquire.


13' LOA, 28" beam, 13" center depth, 3" rocker, plumb sides, 35-40 lbs.
The Esprit is a specialized solo canoe for Freestyle paddling.  It is small and lively requiring a skilled paddler.

From $5,000

Red Fox/Swift Fox

14' LOA Red Fox/15' Swift Fox, 30" beam, 13" center depth, 1.5" rocker, tumblehome, 40-45 lbs.
The Red Fox is a reproduction of an old Chestnut FOX model canoe.  It is a very versatile all-round solo canoe.  The Swift Fox is built on the same mold but the stems are place further out for a lightly longer canoe with finer entry/exit lines.

From $6,000


16' LOA, 34" beam, Pleasure & Dart 12" center depth, Cruiser 14" center depth, 1.5" rocker, tumblehome, 60-65 lbs.
All three of these models are built on the same mold.  The Pleasure is an excellent all round cottage style canoe.  The Cruiser is slightly deeper so that it is more versatile for canoe tripping.  The Dart has a "Courting Canoe" trim package that is patterned on the Peterborough Dart.

From $6,800


16' LOA, 36" beam, 15" center depth, 3" rocker, tumblehome, 65 lbs.
The Boreal is a blend of the shapes of the E.M. White 18'6" Guide canoe and the general proportions of the Chestnut Prospector.  The result is a very smoothly shaped hull with excellent handling qualities.  This canoe can handle large loads under pretty much any conditions.  Also paddles wonderfully using the Canadian "Style Paddling" approach to solo paddling.

From $6,800

Kildonan "Timber Cruiser"

17'6" LOA, 39" beam, 17" center depth, 1.5" rocker, flare, 80 lbs.
A reproduction the Kildonan "Timber Cruiser"  The dimensions make this sound like a big barge of a canoe, but it is not.  It is , in fact, fine lined and an easy paddling canoe.  The extra volume is all above the waterline providing a lot of interior space for hauling gear.

From $7,500

Cross Lake Racing Canoe

18'3" LOA,
35" beam 20" ahead of center
Depth:18" center , 23" bow stem, 20" transom
flat rocker,
Weight: 75-80 lbs.
In Cross Lake, Manitoba there is a special canoe race dating to  1967, using freighter canoes converted to racing.  These are required to be 18' LOA, built with wood & canvas construction, and have a "Y" stern.  The bow rows and the stern paddles.

From $7,800

Whitehall "Bailey/Rangely"

16'6" LOA, 46" beam, 16" center depth, 1.5" rocker, flare sides.
Inspired greatly by the "Bailey" Whitehall in the Mystic Seaport Museum and the Rangeley boats of Maine.  Glued lap construction.  Two rowing positions.  Available sail rig including: sail, mast & spar, leeboard, rudder, tiller, mast partner & step.  For oars, see the section on paddles.

From $15,000
Oars $300 each
Sail rig  $3,000 Includes: sail (Sprit rig), spars, 2 leeboards and leeboard thwart, rudder, hardware, and lines.