The open canoe, sometimes incorrectly called the Canadian canoe, has been found and used in various forms
across the world.
As a water-going craft it has a long history, going back for thousands of years. It is propelled with a single bladed paddle
using a wide range of strokes and techniques which have evolved also over time.
From simple hollowed out logs and birch bark and cedar strip constructions to sophisticated computer generated designs and high-tech materials, the open canoe shape has evolved but is still essentially recognisable
as the same craft!
The North American native Indians, and later white European fur trappers, traders and explorers (19th century voyageurs) developed and relied heavily on the canoe.
This allowed them to navigate the extensive network of natural waterways for transport and communication.
The canoe became a highly efficient and versatile craft and was capable of carrying large loads and coping with a range of challenging river and lake conditions.
More recently, in the 20th century, canoeing has gained great popularity
as a recreational pastime and as an adventure and competitive sport.