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Headwaters Canoes specializes in traditional wood-canvas canoes. We offer a range of models and accept orders for custom-built canoes. We also offer complete wood-canvas canoe restorations, and we can supply the parts and materials for DIY repair projects.

Custom Built Canoes

Headwaters Canoes are handcrafted works of functional art, built for cottage paddlers and wilderness trippers who value the tradition, grace and performance of classic wood-canvas canoes. Our canoes are well-built and durable, and designed to be repaired and restored after years of use. We’re proud to build canoes that are lifetime investments.


All of our wood-canvas canoes are made to order: you choose the canoe model and construction options based on your needs and desires. Peruse the canoe models and consider your dreams and realities. Get in touch and we’ll guide you through each canoe’s attributes and the building options available to build the right canoe for you.

Repair & Restoration

With a little care, owning a wood-canvas canoe is truly a relationship that lasts a lifetime or more. Wood-canvas canoe restorations are our specialty. Each season we repair the woodwork and replace the canvas of well-loved canoes with stories to tell: family heirloom cottage canoes, cherished wilderness tripping companions, and heavy-duty summer camp canoes. We offer repairs and recanvas Headwaters Canoes as well as other makes and models.  Read more...

Parts & Materials

Looking to DIY? We sell select parts and materials, including ash gunwales, eastern white cedar ribs, sheeting (planking), canvas, fasteners, filler and paint, for wood-canvas canoe restoration projects. We can also supply you with gunwales and other materials for other canoe repairs, such as replacing gunwales on composite or laminated strip canoes.

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