Kayak, Paddleboard & Canoe Inventory & Prices

Store Closing Clearout Sale! Our boats are selling quickly, we do update the online inventory as best we can. If you’re interested in a boat, call 705-342-5324, or email [email protected] to confirm it’s onsite, and to make an appointment to see it.

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Squall Paddling Centre Closing

A note from Tim and Kathy posted November 2019 ~ after 35 years, Kathy and I are closing down the Squall Paddling Centre. We’ll still keep the Squall Town Shop going – and another provider is planning to take over part of what we do in their own Parry Sound business next springtime. We look forward to supporting them in their new adventure. ~ tim

So what exactly does this mean?

The Cole Lake Paddling Centre will not be open but the Town Shop will sally forth in it’s merry way.

Special programming will continue eg. Squall Nights, Snowshoe Hikes, Paddling Film Fest, Wilderness First Aid, Franklin Challenge, PC Courses, and Youth trips.

Occasional boat sales will carry on in town and current inventory will be sold off in the next 6 months.

All boat warranty and customer service issues will be honoured through the Squall Town Shop ~ 705-746-4936.

The “Hoot” and “Wassup’ carry on til we get the Pulitzer Prize – then we might give up.

No Guff, 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee

Boat isn’t your cup of tea? No sweat! Just return it for exchange or refund within 30-days (based on condition).

Price-Match

We’ll cheerfully match price if you find the same new boat for sale, and in-stock, for less anywhere else in Ontario for 30-days after sale.

Buying a Kayak

Buying a kayak is exciting and fun, but there is a lot to consider. Answering these few questions can help to guide your selection:

  • What do I want to do with the kayak? Where will I be paddling, wave heights, distances I want to cover, length of time I want to spend in the boat?
  • Do I want/need a super light boat?
  • Am I, or the people using the boat, going to treat it roughly or be careful with it?
  • Do I want to pack gear for an overnight trip? How long a trip do I want to take? How much gear will I bring?
  • How much do I want to spend?
Kayakers paddling into the sunset at White Squall Paddling Centre

Generally boats can be organized into three categories:

1) Recreational

These boats are shorter and super stable; anyone can jump in and out fairly easily without too much worry about falling over. Usually between 9 and 12 feet long, they’re a bit wider than most other kayaks.

They’re easy to use, have fewer ‘extra’ features and are intended for playing around your favourite lake, bay, beach or cottage for a couple of hours.

You also have the option of sit-on-top recreational kayaks and some specialized boats with fishing and angling options.

Typically made out of polyethylene (like Tupperware plastic), these boats are very durable! You can get them lighter made through a Thermoform process (kinda like the material that a lot of car bumpers are made out of).

Boats of this type in our inventory commonly include:

ManufacturerSample Model of Boats
DaggerZydeco
DeltaCAT 10.5, 10AR, 12AR
Wilderness SystemsPungo, Tarpon

Check out our inventory for other designs of this type and availability.

2) Light Touring

These kayaks are intended for longer, faster day paddles. They’re a bit narrower than recreational kayaks and a bit longer (13 – 15 feet or so). They’re intended to get you on the water for a day trip, or a faster pleasure paddle. A bit more efficient on the water, you could paddle all day with ease or even take them on short overnight trips.

There are few more feature options such as more hatches, rudders or skegs as well as a number of added safety features (deck lines, bulkheads etc…)

Boats in this category range from polyethylene, to thermoformed, to composite (fibreglass, kevlar etc) and come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.

Boats of this type in our inventory commonly include:

ManufacturerSample Model of Boats
DaggerAlchemy
Delta12s, 12.10, 14

Check out our inventory for other designs of this type and availability.

3) Full Touring

These kayaks are a bit longer again and are fully outfitted to allow you to safely and effectively undertake trips of multiple days. They can also readily be used for day paddles. Usually a bit more efficient than the other two categories, you’ll find you’re a bit faster. There are also a lot more outfitting and features that can help you on your day or week-long paddle.

These boats come in polyethylene, thermoform and composite (fibreglass, kevlar etc). We also predominantly use these in our rental program so you can find a range of used and new boats in our fleet.

Boats of this type in our inventory commonly include:

ManufacturerSample Model of Boats
Boreal DesignsEpsilon, Baffin
Current DesignsSirocco, Sisu, Solstice
Delta14, 15s, 15.5, 16, 17
ValleyEtain
Wilderness SystemsTsunami 160, 175

Buying a Paddleboard

Types

Student excited to be on a SUP board at White Squall Paddling Centre

There are two general types; all round and touring.

All round boards look like bigger versions of surfboards…and well, that’s pretty much what they are. They’re fun, versatile boards for playing around a local watering hole whether that’s touring along the shore or playing around with pivot turns or finding new ways of getting wet!

Touring boards have pointy front ends that are a bit more efficient (sometimes a lot more depending on the design) through the water. Some touring boards start to get a bit narrower to become yet more efficient. Make sure to try out a touring board; they’re surprisingly quick and if your main intent is to explore and/or work on fitness, they might just do the trick.

Whoo hoo – you’re thinking about a paddleboard. These are a fun, easy way to explore our lakes & rivers with a lot of potential to discover that world in new ways.

Some thoughts on buying a board:

Materials

Polyethylene (plastic) provide for greater durability and reduced cost. They’re a bit heavier, but they’ll last a long time.

Soft-Top boards are composite or thermoformed boards that are ‘wrapped’ in foam or other durable materials that protect the board from bumps and bruises. The tradeoff here is that they often weigh a bit more and over time the foam doesn’t always age as well as a straight composite board.

Thermoformed (an acrylic material similar to the bumper on your car) provide for a fairly durable board and lighter than polyethylene. They also more closely resemble a surfboard design.

Composite (layers of cloth and resin) provide the lightest and most performance oriented boards they make.

Inflatable boards are light weight and pack up for easy transport and easy storage!

Design

Basically, the shape of the board is determined by the width, length and volume. Longer boards mean it’s a bit faster. Width provides a bit more stability. The volume of the board affects flotation – the greater the volume, the larger the person it’ll float.

The more advanced folks start to look at the shape of the board as it might relate to performance…a curved or rockered bottom will be a bit slower on flatwater but more readily maneuverable for playing in waves.

Added Features

There are a number of neat features that help along the way including:

  • tie downs if you intend to take a camera bag, snack, or any equipment for a longer paddle. Some touring boards have a few extra tie downs than usual in case you want to try an overnight trip.
  • Yoga designed boards have a few well placed tie down spots and extra deck padding to help with your stretching.

Buying a Canoe

Staff paddling a canoe at White Squall Paddling Centre

Buying a canoe is exciting and fun, but there are a few important things consider. Answering these few questions can help to guide your selection:

  1. What do I want to do with the canoe? Is it for fishing, short trips around a cottage or out on a lake? Do I want to go tripping with it?
  2. Do I want/need a super light boat?
  3. Am I, or the people using the boat, going to treat it roughly or be careful with it?
  4. How much do I want to spend?

Canoes come in many materials:

Polyethylene & ABS (plastic) boats that are heavier but more durable and tend to be the least expensive boats you can purchase.

Fibreglass boats are a fair bit lighter and are fairly durable as well.

Kevlar and Carbon kevlar canoes (and there are a variety of blends of these types of fabric) are the lightest canoes.