Topical History

History of Canoeing

Canoes were developed by many different civilizations as long as 12,000 years ago. Using natural occurring trees that were hallowed out and tree bark with wooden frames. Early canoes were typically around 14 feet long and able to carry around 50 pounds (23 kilos) of cargo. Trappers around the great lakes soon made canoes up to 35 feet in length with as wide as 6 feet. These large craft were powered by 8-10 men and could carry a 2000 pounds of provisions and animal skins out of the wilderness. The canoe was first modernized around 1900 by the Old Town Canoe Company in Maine by stretching a waterproof canvas cloth over a wood frame.