Discover some of the best canoes of the year from Nova Craft, Sea Eagle, Old Town, Swift, Mad River and Wenonah. Whether you’re looking for a canoe for a month-long canoe tripping adventure, a speedy boat for winning races, or a solo canoe for enjoying nature, Paddling Magazine’s top picks are sure to please.
The Best Canoes in 2020
If you spend your backcountry adventures traveling light and fast, the Cruiser 14.8 provides the speed of a touring kayak with the volume of a solo canoe, allowing you to pack without worry and portage with ease. Snappy on the turn when leaned over, and more than capable if the waves come up, the Cruiser 14.8 is designed to handle whatever your adventures may entail.
Travel Canoe from Sea Eagle
The original inflatable, all drop stitch canoe goes from car trunk to water in just nine minutes. High-pressure drop stitch sides and floor form an incredibly rigid, stable and lightweight canoe that’s just 60 pounds. It inflates to 16 feet by 38 inches and holds three people, or up to 915 pounds. Take it fishing, paddle lakes or run class IV rivers. Bow and stern molds help slice through the water for paddling speeds up to five miles per hour.
Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman from Old Town
Combining the best of both worlds, Old Town delivers the ideal grab-and-go watercraft for anglers and hunters alike. Offering the simplicity and utility of a classic solo canoe with the agility and sleek handling of a kayak, the Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman hybrid canoe is a stable, lightweight boat that is easy to handle on and off the water.
Prospector 16 from Nova Craft Canoe
A timeless classic. Affectionately known as the workhorse of the Canadian north, Nova Craft’s Prospector 16 feels most at home loaded with gear on a remote wilderness lake or river. While it is best suited for river tripping, it remains versatile enough to be a good all-around canoe. The versatility of the hull design makes this canoe a bestseller season after season. Also available in 15-, 17- and 18-foot lengths.
Explorer Carbon from Mad River Canoe
Matching the most versatile hull design on the market with the quality and refinement it deserves, the new Explorer Carbon features resin infusion for a lightweight and durable construction, contoured cherry outfitting, and integrated carbon/aramid gunwales. Choose the carbon version for the ultimate in lightweight cruising.
Voyager from Wenonah
Designed for a solo paddler with big plans, the Voyager is at home on large lakes and rivers. If you’re looking for a solo that’ll take on the Great Salt Lake, Lake Powell, the big reservoirs of Tennessee, or any waters like them, this is your canoe. This hull is the solo version of the legendary Minnesota II’s incredibly efficient design; it’s straight tracking and capable of carrying two weeks gear.
Fox 14′ Solo from Nova Craft Canoe
Nova Craft’s Fox 14 is an ideal choice for solo paddlers looking for independent adventures on flatwater lakes and lazy rivers. The Blue Steel layup (shown), is a combination of aramid and carbon fibers, and offers incredible stiffness for efficient performance. At only 36 pounds, it’s also a pleasure to portage.
Haida from Nova Craft Canoe
A versatile family canoe people can grow into. Beginners will find its steadiness reassuring and as paddlers become more advanced they will appreciate the faster hull and easy glide. The Haida’s roominess and stability means it is an ideal canoe for families who want to enjoy some tripping with young children, whether for a weekend jaunt to a favourite park or a wilderness adventure.
Prospector 15 SP3 from Nova Craft Canoe
Nova Craft’s Outfitter Series canoes are reproductions of the iconic Prospector design rendered in a super tough three-layer polyethylene plastic called SP3. Built to take hard knocks, these canoes can withstand years of use with little maintenance. They are ideal for canoe liveries and rental shops since they will provide many years of faithful service at an attractive price.