A Canak is not to be confused with a Canuck, which is what we call people from Canada. A Canak is made by Wenonah Canoe and is a hybrid watercraft that is part canoe and part kayak. It’s the ideal boat for solo camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
The Canak was made for the BWCA. There is plenty of space for canoe packs with two compartments for gear. One compartment is in the bow and the other in the stern with large openings on top so they are easy to access for loading and unloading. Not only are they easy to paddle but also to portage since they are made of kevlar and have their own portaging yoke. This feature makes portaging in the Boundary Waters a breeze and sets the Canak apart from traditional kayaks that are cumbersome on portages.
The Canak weighs just 38 pounds, is 16.6 feet long and handles like a dream. My 9-year old son took one out last year and was able to keep it tracking even in a fierce wind. There is a spray skirt you can get for it to keep you and your gear completely dry.
If you want to try one out then come on up to Voyageur Canoe Outfitters, we’ve got four of them for you to try!