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Norwest Canoe Fire

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A family canoe manufacturing business was razed by the flames overnight from Monday to Tuesday in Prévost, in the Laurentians.

The flames destroyed the premises of Canots Nor-West, located on Curé-Labelle Boulevard.

The fire started shortly after 4 a.m. and many local firefighters were called to the scene to bring the raging blaze under control.

The Canots Nor-West company is one of the oldest in Prévost. At least fifteen people are now unemployed.

“This is one of Prévost’s oldest businesses. It is also a tradition in the manufacture of canoes unique in North America that is affected by this fire. I can already assure the Gariépy family of the full collaboration of the City for the reconstruction of the building”, reacted on Facebook the mayor of the municipality, Paul Germain. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. The building would be a total loss and the damage would certainly amount to several hundred thousand dollars.
 
30 minutes from home. Family business. My first canoe was a Nor-West. Beautiful WC canoe. As years went by, they specialized in constructing
freighter canoes as mentioned by memaquay. Their WC freighters can be found all over the North and are a favourite of the original peoples.
Hope they reconstruct.

G.
 
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Its not that they can't rebuild, but the loss of all the small specialized jigs and tools is very hard to replace... And the forms.. takes a long time to rebuild those.. Hopefully they had plans kept off site.
 
Any updates on this? If you guys wanted to buy a 24ft canoe, who would you get one from if Nor-West wasn't an option?
 
Any updates on this? If you guys wanted to buy a 24ft canoe, who would you get one from if Nor-West wasn't an option?
GRB (https://www.grbnewmandesigns.com/) in Canton, NY has built several woodstrip voyageur canoes 28' and longer in recent years, such as this one I raced a few times in the Yukon River races. Although the company now focuses more on building carbon layup canoes instead of woodstrip
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In another year I paddled his 34' carbon monster in the Yukon 1000 mile race, built by a company based in Texas.
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A local Adirondack woodstrip builder made this 34'cedar woodstrip for me that I used for several years to race the Adirondack 90 miler.
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Savage River also makes a carbon C4 (four paddler seats) 23' canoes (Saranac C4) that i have also paddled in the Yukon race. Wenonah makes their version in Kevlar (Minnesota IV)
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Abitibi canoes makes a 21 foot fiberglass freighter, in the usual classic design. I owned the 18 footer, it was a heck of a boat.
 
Clipper Canoes - Western Canoe and Kayak if you don't want/need wood canvas or cedar strip.

Big Canoes​

Clipper offer the largest selection of big canoes in the world. Our Big Canoes are paddled by outfitter and tour guides from China to Germany, Latvia to Scotland, California to Florida, and British Columbia to the Northwest Territories. Seating up to 18 people, Big Canoes mean big fun.
NameLengthBeamBow HeightCenter HeightStern HeightMax # of PaddlersWeight (lbs)Base Price
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Mariner
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24'49"39"19"39"8180-240lbs$9,995 CAD Learn More
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Pacific Dancer
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Spirit Dancer
39'58"
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18’6 MacKenzie
18'6"37"22"16"22"1600lbs62-78lbs$2,920 CADLearn More
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20′ MacKenzie
20'40"24"17"24"1900lbs76-98lbs$3,160 CAD

Square Stern​

These canoes are built with a squared off stern to accommodate a small electric or gas motor up to the equivalent of 3 hp max. These canoes are designed to take a load. The best choice for those canoeists who prefer to ‘troll’ along the majority of the time.
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MacKenzie Sport 15′
15'37"22"15"16"1100lbs56-72lbs$2,340 CADLearn More
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MacKenzie Sport 16’5
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MacKenzie Sport 18'
18'40"24"17"16"1765lbs76-98lbs$3,165 CADLearn More
 
GRB (https://www.grbnewmandesigns.com/) in Canton, NY has built several woodstrip voyageur canoes 28' and longer in recent years, such as this one I raced a few times in the Yukon River races. Although the company now focuses more on building carbon layup canoes instead of woodstrip


In another year I paddled his 34' carbon monster in the Yukon 1000 mile race, built by a company based in Texas.



A local Adirondack woodstrip builder made this 34'cedar woodstrip for me that I used for several years to race the Adirondack 90 miler.


Savage River also makes a carbon C4 (four paddler seats) 23' canoes (Saranac C4) that i have also paddled in the Yukon race. Wenonah makes their version in Kevlar (Minnesota IV)
I didn't realize how picky I was until just now. I really like the look and functionality of the Nor-West freighters. I want a square stern and I will probably use a 25-50hp outboard.
Abitibi canoes makes a 21 foot fiberglass freighter, in the usual classic design. I owned the 18 footer, it was a heck of a boat.
I've looked at these as well. The bow is much lower than the Nor-West.
Clipper Canoes - Western Canoe and Kayak if you don't want/need wood canvas or cedar strip.

Big Canoes​

Clipper offer the largest selection of big canoes in the world. Our Big Canoes are paddled by outfitter and tour guides from China to Germany, Latvia to Scotland, California to Florida, and British Columbia to the Northwest Territories. Seating up to 18 people, Big Canoes mean big fun.
NameLengthBeamBow HeightCenter HeightStern HeightMax # of PaddlersWeight (lbs)Base Price
MARINER_540x_f2a589f3-c723-41b5-8b2e-11e7a597a03c_480x480.png
Mariner
22'48"39"19"39"8170-220lbs$8,795 CADLearn More
voyageurII_new.png
Voyageur II
25'648"36"19"36"10215-250lbs$9,995.00 CADLearn More
LANGLEY_480x480.png
Langley
29'51"37"20"37"14335-390lbs$12,075 CADLearn More
CLAN_DANCER_540x_eebc31ab-1b7e-4a2b-9155-6306cd301b60_480x480.png
Clan Dancer
24'49"39"19"39"8180-240lbs$9,995 CADLearn More
PACIFIC_DANCER1_480x480.png
Pacific Dancer
36'58"50"23"50"18575lbs$19,995 CADLearn More
SPIRIT_DANCER_540x_da300506-6e79-4ca7-98f8-7a0e62607895_480x480.png
Spirit Dancer
39'58"18650lbs$19,995 CADLearn More

sim_red_MacKenzie_186_Kevlar_Angle_480x480.png
18’6 MacKenzie
18'6"37"22"16"22"1600lbs62-78lbs$2,920 CADLearn More
MacKenzie_20_Kev_Angle_SIM_avo_160x160.jpg
20′ MacKenzie
20'40"24"17"24"1900lbs76-98lbs$3,160 CAD

Square Stern​

These canoes are built with a squared off stern to accommodate a small electric or gas motor up to the equivalent of 3 hp max. These canoes are designed to take a load. The best choice for those canoeists who prefer to ‘troll’ along the majority of the time.
NameLengthBeamBow HeightCenter HeightStern HeightCapacity-6” waterlineWeight (lbs)Base Price
mac-sport-15-angle-small.png
MacKenzie Sport 15′
15'37"22"15"16"1100lbs56-72lbs$2,340 CADLearn More
mac-sport-165-angle-small.png
MacKenzie Sport 16’5
16'6"37"23"16"16"1425lbs62-84lbs$2,665 CADLearn More
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MacKenzie Sport 18'
18'40"24"17"16"1765lbs76-98lbs$3,165 CADLearn More
MacKenzie Sport 18 is just too small. I can't find the dimensions, but scaling off a few photos, I think the bow height on the Nor-West 24 is more than 40" and the stern around 26-28". Of course, it is also almost 600 lbs so not paddling it unless you have small army and/or lots of time.
 
If you guys wanted to buy a 24ft canoe, who would you get one from if Nor-West wasn't an option?

Dale Tobey at the link below can make one for you.

Benson


 
I made some trips to Baffin island about 12 years ago to install remote weather stations in a couple of the fjords. The Clyde River Inuit were partners on the project and provided transportation to the sites in Nor West freighters. I was a little nervous about travelling in these boats, but luckily we had good weather. Travelling on the open sea along the coast of Baffin Bay in 3-5 foot swell was a bit beyond my comfort zone though. I never thought of these as "canoe trips", but I suppose they were.

Mark

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I made some trips to Baffin island about 12 years ago to install remote weather stations in a couple of the fjords. The Clyde River Inuit were partners on the project and provided transportation to the sites in Nor West freighters. I was a little nervous about travelling in these boats, but luckily we had good weather. Travelling on the open sea along the coast of Baffin Bay in 3-5 foot swell was a bit beyond my comfort zone though. I never thought of these as "canoe trips", but I suppose they were.

Mark

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I made some trips to Baffin island about 12 years ago to install remote weather stations in a couple of the fjords. The Clyde River Inuit were partners on the project and provided transportation to the sites in Nor West freighters. I was a little nervous about travelling in these boats, but luckily we had good weather. Travelling on the open sea along the coast of Baffin Bay in 3-5 foot swell was a bit beyond my comfort zone though. I never thought of these as "canoe trips", but I suppose they were.
There is currently underway an expedition to traverse the Northwest Passage in the Arctic, if successful, it will be the first to complete the 2000 mile NWP under human paddle power using tandem sea kayaks. One of the four paddlers was a paddling partner of mine on the Yukon River Quest canoe race in 2017. the following year she won the entire Yukon race overall, paddling in her kayak.
 
There is currently underway an expedition to traverse the Northwest Passage in the Arctic, if successful, it will be the first to complete the 2000 mile NWP under human paddle power using tandem sea kayaks. One of the four paddlers was a paddling partner of mine on the Yukon River Quest canoe race in 2017. the following year she won the entire Yukon race overall, paddling in her kayak.
That's quite the adventure. I am surprised nobody has paddled that route. I've been to Pond Inlet where they're starting. They're going through Bellot Straight and on west to the McKenzie River. I have read journals of all the British explorers that passed through that route. All the hardship and death. Franklin and the birchbark canoes, Parry and Ross' sledge journeys, wooden ships damaged and destroyed. Wow. I wonder if a warming arctic will make it an easier passage than the Brits found.

Mark
 
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