The Peterborough Canadien 16 is a classic canoe for general-purpose paddling and light touring. It is responsive and easy to paddle, with a narrow beam, shallow-arch hull, external keel and slight rocker.
The Canadien is based on the time-honoured design of the earliest cedar-strip canoes to emerge from the Peterborough Canoe Company in Ontario. A Peterborough canoe often referred to any open canoe, but this design comes from the company that made the town's name famous around the world. In addition to its historical appeal, the Peterborough Canadien is no slouch in terms of performance. This version is part of the Bear Mountain Boats range.
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.