I know this isn't an open-top canadian design but I started this project based on an article on the site. I wanted to build something which I could carry as a backpack and wouldn't need a car to get to me to the river. So, if anyone's interested in a foldable backpack build-it yourself canoe project.....
The base is an insulation board and, apart from some aluminium pipe, the rest of the build is plumbing pipe and fittings. I initially used builder's tarpaulin as the skin but last year splashed out (£70) for some proper material.
I bought an old rucksack from ebay and stripped it out to allow me to pack the canoe up and carry it. If you look at the photos you'll see why I called it "Scruffy".
Having built it, I'm considering a better design but in order to get more length I'd have to sacrifice portability# I'm wondering about a tricycle converter, but I'm open to any and all suggestions.
For a full set of pics of the current model, please click here.