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We build Scott, Blue Water and Impex right here in Quebec.
Trusted Canadian vessels, crafted for adventure.

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A new magazine dedicated to the community of outdoor enthusiasts.

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Limited edition
canoes

abitibi & Norquay Co. are bringing creativity to the outdoor with an exclusive line of hand-painted canoes.

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Leave
no trace

Every canoe we build leaves a footprint, so we're working hard to offset our impact. Helping rebuild compromised natural environments and choosing sustainable business practices are the least we can do.

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Have some personality

We always ready for a new adventures, new challenges and partnerships.
We want to push our limits outside but also in the creation of the products.

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Buy refurbished
before new

We don't just want to sell more boats. Yes, we want you to get outside and explore our lakes and rivers, but not at the expense of the environment. Ask us about our refurbished stock before you buy. Save money and reduce your impact.

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We believe
in life beyond the bend

Challenge. Exploration. Adventure. It's how we learn who we really are. At the end of every journey is a new beginning, and it’s the unexpected moments that truly take us somewhere.

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Our Purpose

Let's be honest: every canoe and kayak we produce leaves a footprint. We wish we could change that, but to have zero impact on the planet, we'd have to produce nothing. That's why we build all of our canoes and kayaks locally. We use the environmentally-friendliest products out there and are always looking to improve. We believe in using business to leverage the positive effects we can have on both our community and the planet.

Made in Canada

Local all the way! We believe that minimizing environmental costs and maintaining high standards are more important than profit margins. With strict criteria for quality, we use the environmentally friendliest materials available and work exclusively with Canadian suppliers who share our values.

Products

The Force

The waves roll in. Salty spray covers your face as you lean into the wave and then surge ahead with power. The Force series offers the most cutting edge, fastest expedition Greenland style kayaks in our range. By increasing water line, with more length and less rocker, the Force will track straighter and paddle faster, making the last miles of even the longest day a pleasure.

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Force 4 - 18'

The Force Category 4 gives medium to larger paddlers the opportunity to find their comfort level and destroy it.

Length 18'
Gunwale width 20.75"
Midship 12.5"
Cockpit 17" x 33"
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Wilderness tripping

For the expert paddler, they excel under extreme loads and extreme conditions, performing superbly in flat water, white water, high wind and waves.

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Prospector - 16'

Burst down rapids, the rush of the water drowning out all other sounds. Paddle hard across the lake to get back in time for supper. Whether you plan to portage for weeks on end or just paddle around the lake by the cottage, the Prospector may be the only canoe you’ll ever want.

Longueur 16'
Largeur 36"
Largeur à la ligne de flottaison 32,25"
Profondeur au centre 14"
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Live beyond the bend

We believe in life beyond the bend. Challenge. Exploration. Adventure. It's how we learn who we really are. At the end of every journey is a new beginning, and it's the unexpected moments that shape us -- truly take us somewhere. We want to share adventures with you, kindle that flame deep inside and get you pumped for your next trip. Whether they're our stories, or those of our ambassadors, we know they'll have you dreaming about getting back outside and discovering something new.

Live beyond the bend

Adventure #01

As we turned for home, we paused to watch a pair of bald eagles take flight, the balsam fir shuddering as they leapt into the cloud-whitened sky, wingspans catching air, carrying them upwards in a silent ballet.

We had been on Lake Kipawa for three days. Our group of seven, from the brand new abitibi & co. team, were founder and president, Guillaume Leblanc, director of operations, Éric Boucher, partner and marketing director, Jean-Daniel (JD) Petit, along with other team members, Katia Laszczewski, Sylvain Baribeau, Joëlle Harrison, Mélanie Turbide, and photographer Guillaume Simoneau. Paddling in five kayaks and a canoe, we had dual purposes. Experience the lake as a group for the first time and capture footage for our communications materials as we did.Lake Kipawa covers 300km2 in southwestern Quebec. With an irregular shape, and deep bays and islands both large and small, it forms a sort of maze — both a joy to explore and a challenge to navigate. The weather wasn't on our side. Late September: autumn had set in with rain, mist and cold. We didn't just have to contend with the elements and focus on our paddling. We also had to move all of our photographic gear around safely, and capture inspiring images as we went. After a day of paddling with a backdrop of grey skies, we awoke on the second morning to a world bathed in white. Thick fog obscured the scenery, erasing the horizon and with it our sense of depth. Setting off at 6am, the warmer temperature was our solace. The thick air made the scene eerie and surreal. Paddling on the glassy lake, we quickly lost sight of the shoreline. Shrouded in a blanket of white, we were jolted by shards of blue lightning that illuminated the sky. The mist finally lifted. Paddling together we surveyed the islands, the craggy shoreline, the thick trees covering the world beyond.

In order to get the best images possible, JD had mounted a GoPro camera onto our new drone. It can fly for about fifteen minutes before returning to where it was launched, or at least, a range of twenty metres from its launching point. The only problem? We launched it on a tiny island that was far less than 20m in diameter.Terrified of losing it in the water, we set up a perimeter. There were four people on the island, tracking it and hoping it would touch down on dry land. Another person was in the water, ready to paddle for it if it went off course. As it began its descent we were all ready to leap. It landed smack in the middle of the island. A collective sigh of relief was breathed by all.We returned to the cabin at sunset, as the world was bathed in pinkish purple light, the lake mirroring the billowing clouds that filled the skies. Hoping to capture some better images, JD and Guillaume S. headed to a nearby island. Drunk from the beauty of the surroundings, they were completely oblivious to the time.Darkness descended and the rest of us began to worry. The cottage was on a large bay, but once you got into the lake there were hundreds of islands. The maze of paths through the islets was difficult enough to navigate in daylight, never mind in the dark. Sylvain, a level four kayaker and the most experienced paddler of the group, went into rescue mode. Along with Guillaume L., he paddled into the darkness in search of the others. After a while, they found them. Despite the dark, JD and Guillaume S. had taken the right path.

Our evenings cemented our friendships and mutual pleasure at being together amidst the beauty of the wilderness. While we were out paddling all day, our dinner was slowly simmering, filling the cabin with rich aromas. Once back, we dined, swapped stories about our travels and adventures past and discussed our hopes and vision for abitibi & co. We connected without technology, enjoying the peace and quiet away from the constant bustle of city life.Our final day was rainy and grey, but we all set out for a last 8km trip, traversing the narrow island-filled paths before coming out into a huge open bay. We headed back to Montreal in the rain, not bothering to take photographs of the many lakes and rivers on the way. But at 7pm, the clouds suddenly split in a blaze of colour right in front of us. It was the first sign of the sun in three days.

We decided to stop at the Cabonga Reservoir, where we launched the drone one last time. Looking up at the sky, filled with excitement, we watched it weave through the air, above the dazzling lake. We lost sight of it, caught up in the thrill of the moment, and figured that it would return to shore when it lost power. Scanning the sky, JD and Guillaume eventually caught a glimpse of it in the waning light. The red autopilot light was on and they high fived, imagining the great footage they would have for the final edit.

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After a day of paddling with a backdrop of grey skies, we awoke on the second morning to a world bathed in white.
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