Decorative canoe paddles are inspired, in part, from the hey-day of canoeing, when voyageurs travelled the landscape of the new world by canoe, trading and carving out a new culture all their own. Paintings and tales of the era show elaborately painted canoes and paddles that inspire today’s adventurers to carry on this tradition.
Canoe paddle sizing is based on a paddler’s torso height and the position he or she is paddling from. Bow paddlers use shorter strokes, and find shorter paddles easier to work with. Stern paddlers and solo canoeist need a slightly longer paddle to assist in controlling the course of the canoe.