Canoes and kayaks are some of the oldest testaments to human engineering. The first canoe is thought to have been made nearly 8,000 years ago and has continuously advanced since. Canoes were often crafted from bark, as the material was light yet durable, an excellent choice for long aquatic transportation journeys with portages. Today, canoes are created from a variety of materials such as plastics, aluminum, and most commonly fiberglass.