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 fibreglass.

The two most common paddle strokes are the Forward Stroke and J-Stroke. The forward stroke is the driving force behind your canoe, it propels the vessel forward. The J-Stroke is used by the sterner to steer and adjust the canoe to keep it on the proper path.

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