More canoes are available from their current owners. We will get you connected so that you can acquire the canoe and then have it restored by Kettle River Canoes.
15'-6" Huron Canoe - No sooner is one of these canoes adopted than one more comes into the shop for adoption. These canoes were built in Huron Village, Quebec by one of several different builders and subsequently sold through the Sears and Eaton's catalogues. Their beautiful, efficient lines are directly descended from the birchbark canoes of the area. This canoe is 36" wide and 12" deep with a flat bottom and soft chine resulting in a stable canoe that is also quick in the water. The ribs are 2" wide with 2" spaces between the ribs. The canoe will weigh about 68 pounds with a capacity of about 700 pounds. This particular canoe requires an extensive rebuild including new ash inwales and outwales as well as completely stripping the old varnish and rebuilding the finish on the interior. Other improvements (such as lowered seats or a portage yoke) would be added at an additional cost. Fully restored - $3,500
16' Chestnut Pal - This canoe is the gold standard for the all-around cottage canoe. It is delightful as a solo canoe and can take two people for a rugged two-week trip. It is 36" wide and 12" deep midships, weighs 72 pounds and carries 700 pounds. Fully restored - $4,500
16' Chestnut Prospector - The best known and most soughtafter of all wood-canvas canoes, this canoe has a 36" beam and is 14.5" deep midships. When fully restored with new ash inwales and outwales, this canoe will weigh 76 pounds and carry 850 pounds through large windy lakes or wild rivers with Class 3 rapids. It comes with the original slat seats and all of the Chestnut decals. Fully restored - $4,500
16' Tremblay canoe - Tremblay canoes were built in St. Felicien, Quebec in the late 1960's and early 1970's. They were covered with Verolite (a vinyl-impregnated canvas). Although the Verolite looks good from the outside, the vinyl coating tends to trap water and create ideal conditions for rot to set into the cedar hull. The extent of the damage to this canoe will not be known until I start the restoration. However, it will be restored completely and covered with canvas. In the water, Tremblay canoes are very similar in shape and handling characteristics to Huron canoes -- that is to say, they are very nice canoes to paddle. Fully restored - $3,500
15' Peterborough Minetta (pleasure canoe) circa 1955 - This classic "cottage" canoe was built from 1954 to 1961. It has a 33" beam and is 12" deep in the centre of the canoe. It weighs about 65 pounds and has a carrying capacity of 550 pounds. It sports a centre thwart and two hand-woven natural cane (rattan) seats. The lines of the Minetta are sleek and elegant making this a beautiful, fast little canoe. Fully Restored - $3,700
18' Chestnut Frieghter Canoe circa 1960 - This canoe was owned by the Honourable Alvin Hamilton P.C. He was the minister of Northern Development in John Diefenbaker's government. He used this canoe in preparation for his "Northern Vision" (northern economic development plan). The canoe requires a complete re-build. It is 46" wide, 18-1/2" deep with a V-stern, 5 thwarts and 2 hand-caned seats. It weighs approximately 132 pounds and has a 1,800 pound carrying capacity. The ribs are 2-3/8" wide with 1" spaces between the ribs. It is perfectly suited for use with a small outboard motor (4-7 HP). Fully restored - $5,600