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Welcome to ORCA


Canoe Building Workshops
Welcome to the Orca website.
We run Canadian canoe building workshops in the Lake District and offer two types of canoe for you to come and build. Take a look below....

The Lakelander is a 15 foot canoe, suitable for two people to paddle and is built over 3 and a half days. Weight 24kgs

The Mayfly is a 13 foot canoe and is designed to be paddled by one/two people, and is built over 2 days. Weight 19 kgs

The courses are designed for individuals or small groups. You don't need a high level of wood working skill, as the stages are really simple to follow. We build the canoes using the stitch and glue method. Bring friends and family along to help out at no extra cost and make a holiday out of it. Upon completion, the canoe is yours to keep.

All 2014 canoe builds are noe full but 2015 dates are avalible to book now here!!

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All 2015 Workshop Dates
Scroll through the calander to find a workshop date that you would like to attend.

Canoe skills courses
You want to build a canoe.. You might like to know how to paddle it! We run optional skills courses at the end of each canoe build.

Redtail paddles, Buoyancy aids and Roof straps for sale
We have a selection Redtail paddles hand made in Canada, starting at £50.

Buoyancy aids
are available to purchase, we have the Yak Blaze and the HH Raider vest, both around £25

Roof tie
down cam buckle strap are £10 a pair, they are perfect for the wood canoes we build. We don't recommend ratchet straps as they can damage the canoe.

Cedar strip canoes for sale
We currently have two beautiful cedar strip canes for sale.
15ft Prospector cedar strip SOLD (more coming soon)
14ft Prospector cedar strip SOLD

Voucher gift cards
ORCA voucher gift cards are available . Read more…


What's new and going on....


A canoe building workshop film.


Some testimoials


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