Carlisle Canoe Co.

Est. 1993

Whether you are looking to build your own canoe, would like one custom crafted to your liking, have a canoe that is in need of repair, or have a custom project in mind; Carlisle Canoe Co. will help you get to the shoreline in a wooden water craft that is as beautiful as the journeys and vistas you are about to experience.

Build your dream canoe



Give us a call or drop by to have a quick chat.


Pick Canoe

Canvas or strips? Cherry or White Ash gunnels? There are many options to make your canoe your own.


Pick a Time

Building timetables are flexible. Simply consult your calendar and talk with Roger about setting up your start date and subsequent appointments.

Dream with Carlisle Canoe

Have you ever dreamed of building your own wooden canoe? Perhaps you've read a few books on the subject but feel uncertain on how to get started. Carlisle Canoe has helped hundreds of men and women, families and service clubs build beautiful canoes in our inspiring workshop surrounded by forest, wildlife and plenty of fresh air.

From this setting we build or restore each canoe, sharing our knowledge and skills with our customers along the way. If you'd like to learn how we apply our craftsmanship to take your canoeing experience to a whole new level of involvement, let us happily welcome you aboard and tell you more about the Carlisle Canoe co.

Whether you are looking to build your own canoe, want us to handcraft one for you, or have a canoe that needs repair, the Carlisle Canoe Co. will help you get to the shoreline in a wooden water craft that is as beautiful as the journeys and vistas you are about to experience

At Carlisle Canoe Co. we believe there is more to be gained from building your own canoe than just the end product. Building a canoe yourself is great for family or team bonding and there is nothing quite like gliding down a river in a craft you have made with your own two hands.

We repair all types of canoes from older family heirlooms to modern fiberglass and Kevlar canoes.

At Carlisle Canoe Co. we are not just all canoes, its true! We also make custom canoe furniture!

Classes for various wood working techniques and projects. Caning, paddle carving, bending wood, and building canoe themed furniture are some examples of the types of programs offered at Carlisle Canoe

At Carlisle Canoe our specialty is bending wood and we love a challenge! Have an unconventional project and need some assistance? We have carved and shaped custom commissioned pieces in the past and look forward to helping you with yours


I bought a canoe building package as a retirement gift for my husband. The 2 and 1/2 months it took to build our new family gem was extremely enjoyable and we hated to see it come to an end. My husband wasn't sure if he had the skills to tackle this project but Roger guided us through each process with skill and lots of patience. We are immensely proud of our new canoe and our accomplishments.
Philis and Bob
I always wanted to make a wooden canoe but didn't know how to do it until a friend told me about Carlisle Canoe. My daughters and I had a great bonding time and a lot of laughs. I liked it so much we all came back to make our own paddles!
My college friends and I signed up for a paddle carving course with Roger. Although it was a long hard day, we all took home a beautiful hand made paddle which we used on our next canoe trip. Thanks for the experience.

Contact Us

Want to know if the Carlisle Canoe Company is the right choice for you? Our hands are busy building, planing, steaming, bending, sanding and assembling canoes but we are never too busy to pick up the phone.

We prefer voice-to-voice communication over text messages so call us, and let's get you one step closer to the waters edge in a canoe you'll be proud to say you made.

482 Concession 11, East
Freelton, Ontario
L8B 1J1
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