The Cottage Cruiser is a mid-sized traditional-looking touring canoe from Bear Mountain Boats. This boat is a strong choice for intermediate paddlers looking for good performance across a range of conditions. It offers less stability than the more beginner-friendly models but provides enhanced speed and agility.
The Canadian Canoe Company just north of Toronto spearheaded this project in 1997. They love traditional boats but wanted a midsize hull with a little more capacity than the 15 footers.
This design borrows some of its heritage from the Prospector series but is graced with a little more tumblehome in the hull sides and less curvature in the sheer. We think this makes it an even better looking boat and it has a respectable carrying capacity for its size.
Don't let the cottage reference fool you: this boat is happy playing near the beach, on portages or on a two week canoe trip. It planks up beautifully and will make you look like a professional.
Ted Moores of Bear Mountain Boats is the author of Canoecraft, the standard reference book for wood-strip canoe building. The book is recommended to accompany the kit or plans. It is packed with tips and techniques and has inspired countless first-time canoe builders around the world.
Watch us build a Bear Mountain canoe in this one-minute overview video:
We manufacture our kits to the highest standard using European-grown Paulownia for the planking strips. Uniquely, the strips in our Bear Mountain Boats kits have not only a bead-and-cove profile but also a pre-cut finger joint at each end, making the neat joining of strips even easier for builders at home.
Please note that the kit does not include the box beam strongback for mounting the building forms on. You can either use a straight length of suitable timber or order the box-beam strongback we supply.
This strongback is made up of CNC-cut MDF panels that fit together to form a strong and stiff box beam measuring 200 mm × 200 mm and long enough to build the boat.
The plans contain sufficient information to make it possible to build the boat from scratch rather than a kit. The plans are printed in colour and include scale plans and full size drawings for all the forms.