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Choosing a craft is very personal since it depends on the experience and preferences of each individual. This section is therefore intended mostly for beginners.
We have a fleet of 123 canoes, 2 solo sea kayaks and 5 tandem sea kayaks. Here are some basic criterias that must be considered when choosing a craft.
All our canoes are designed to accomodate two adults with their luggage for expeditions of several days . For security and comfort, it is strongly recommended NOT to be three people in a canoe, regardless of its length. Thus, for an odd number of participants, take into consideration that one will have to paddle in solo in a two-person canoe (16') or a solo kayak.
For a weekend expedition, a 16 feet canoe is recommended. For longer expeditions, you should choose a 17 or 18 feet canoe which allows you to bring more luggage without compromising the performance of the canoe.
For river circuits or if you intend to shoot the rapids, it is mandatory to choose a Royalex canoe: this material is highly resistant to shocks. For the second section of the Gens de terre river, reserved for experts, we do not rent any canoes.
For lake circuits, you can choose a canoe according to its maneuverability
(which depends on its rocker) and weight (which depends on the material of which it
is made of).
CANOE MANEUVERABILITY (ROCKER)
Some canoes have completely flat, or straight keels, and others lift a bit at the ends giving them a "banana shape". This lift is called rocker, and it makes canoes easier to turn. Meaning that higher the rocker, harder it is to move in a straight line. If the rocker is small, the canoe holds its line very well but turning is more difficult (rapids). Note also that longer canoes have more stable trajectory.
Here are the models and their paricularities (16 feet canoes) available for rent
at Le Domaine:
MUSKOKA: Stable and light, available in Kevlar
PROSPECTOR: high rocker, available in fiberglass, in Kevlar or in Royalex
CLASS IV: high rocker, only available in Kevlar
ODYSSEY: small rocker, only available in fiberglass
EUREKA: no rocker, available in fiberglass or Kevlar.
PRESAGE : high rocker, available in Royalex
If the circuit you choose has frequent or long portages, choose a lighter canoe. Its weight depends mostly on the material its made of.
FIBERGLASS: This is the type of canoe we rent most often. The 16 ft weighs between 75 and 78 lbs (82 lbs for the 18 ft). The fabric is made of a blend of fiberglass and synthetic resin (polyester or vinylester). Its qualities are: resistance, ease of repair, flexibility and affordable price.
KEVLAR: It's lighter than fiberglass models – 60 to 65 lbs (both 16 and 18 1/2 ft). It is a composite canoe like the fiberglass canoe, but the fiber is lighter, more supple and more resistant to puncturing. This canoe is three times as expensive as the fiberglass model. It is recommended for lake use, for those seeking a lighter canoe for portages. Since 2017, we now have ultralight kevlar canoes that weight between 39 and 55 lbs.
ROYALEX: It weighs 72 lbs and is very tough. This one is made with a cellular foam coat sandwiched between two layers of ABS covered with layers of vinyl for protection against UV rays. It can be folded in two and will return to its original shape without breaking. This feature makes it popular for use in whitewater canoes. Since it is not very scratch-resistant, we equip our canoes with bow stem protector. It glides less smoothly on the water than composite canoes (fiberglass, kevlar). This canoe is 3 times as expensive as the fiberglass. We recommend it for river circuits (Section 1 of Gens-de-Terre, Chococouane, Canimiti).
If you need additional information or support in planning your expedition, do not hesitate to contact us. Our team members will be happy to inform you and advise you. We are open 7 days a week, from 8 am to 8 pm, mid-May to mid-September.
You can find more information on the website of the Fédération québécoise du canot kayak
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone : 1-819-435-2331 et 1-888-435-2331