A canoe pole can be used to propel a canoe by pushing against a river bed while standing up in the boat. It makes it possible to canoe upstream through rapids that can't be paddled up with an ordinary canoe paddle. In deeper water, the pole can be used to paddle the canoe similar to a double-ended kayak paddle.
A canoe pole can also be used as a mast when sailing is possible.
This lightweight aluminium canoe pole from Ruk has a powder coated finish and can be taken apart in two pieces for easy transportation.