Read Trailspace's Guide to Canoes and Paddles.
The best canoes, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on September 28, 2018. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.
Recent Canoe Reviews
This is your utility workhorse canoe... It's not going to win any races, and it certainly won't portage well, but you'd be hard-pressed to find another canoe that will tolerate as much abuse as this one. This review is for the Coleman Expedition 146 dlx, also branded as the Pelican Excursion 146 dlx. Pelican acquired Coleman's canoe division in 2000 and continued making RAM-X plastic hull canoes to Coleman's specifications. Some canoes were branded Coleman, and some were branded Pelican. They eventually… Full review
I chose the Old Town Saranac 146 canoe because of its quality, features, size, and price. Not too small or too big (needed to fit on roof rack w kayak). It's fairly stable and can easily be paddled with a kayak paddle! The padded seats, rod holders and extra storage are nice for extra gear. Plenty of room for 2-3 passengers, poles, tackle, cooler, etc. A quality compact canoe (for the price) that seems very durable. You can't go wrong with legendary Old Town brand quality. My wife and I were looking… Full review
A great little boat. Great for fishing and putzing around. Tough and strong. Light, light, light! More room than a kayak I bought my Pack from a big sporting store that is undergoing changes. This was before that, about five years ago. I offered them $400. It had a disfigured gunnel, but I figured it wouldn't be a problem and it wasn't. It's Roylex and 33 lbs. I just throw it in the truck and go. Carries my 300 lbs well. My knee went out two years ago and when I had to carry it up the hill from… Full review
Good on flat lakes and easy to paddle, but will swamp easily due to the shallow rocker in large standing waves. We rented the canoe and were very happy until we hit some rapids with very large standing waves. The canoe quickly swamped and we were swimming. Friends in a Nova Craft had no problems. Full review
Very lightweight, stable, car-top boat perfect for solo paddling or fishing in calmer waters. Bought mine new ~1998, still using it for myself and two dogs. Two best features are 1) lightweight—I (5'5" woman) can handle it alone, and 2) car top—I can easily load and strap it (2 straps, 1 rope to front of car) on car factory roof rack (well within weight limits) and head to lake—no truck, trailer, or special after-market roof rack required. It fits inside my one-car garage ceiling, easily… Full review
I wouldn't give it up for anything. I bought one of the last ones you could find, at REI. I am so glad I did. You can still get lightweight solos, but you will have to pay big bucks for kevlar. I like being able to bang around the Royalex. I have canoe camped with full camping and fishing gear and the pack handles it easily. I love being able to load and carry the canoe with ease without hurting myself. This is one sweet little canoe. I paddle it with a kayak double paddle. I don't know when someone… Full review
Rigid construction and classic design make this the SUV of the wilderness. It makes friends on every trip. Taken my 16' Novacraft Prospector canoe down rivers and on week-long lake trips. Loaded it up and still had 6" freeboard. You will bulk out before you weight out—and we take cast iron dutch ovens, charcoal, fuel cans, watercubes etc; we camp heavy. Paddles well with two, although the Clippers pass us on flat water. We pass them ashore on rough water because they are taking water in over… Full review
A very nice tandem/solo fast canoe. I have the Escapade in a kevlar/flex core layup. The canoe weighs 51 lb in this configuration. It is also available in kevlar and also in Tuf-Weave. It is a shorter touring canoe in a performance hull. This means it holds a bit less gear for touring than the longer ones. Since I am a backpacker I have the lightweight gear that suits this canoe very well. I was surprised at the stability with the two young grandkids; I was expecting the worst but was pleasantly… Full review
Now discontinued for some time, this was Dagger's original whitewater Royalex boat. If you are able to locate a used one, I would encourage you to purchase this fine piece of a legendary canoe maker's history and use it! I've owned my Dagger Caper for over ten years now and couldn't be happier with it. I am not an expert paddler and have only used this boat on up to Class III+ whitewater. I frequently paddle this boat on mild whitewater and it is a joy. I paddle mainly on the Hiwassee River, Nantahala… Full review
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