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Wooden Canoe

Heritage Association

The WCHA is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to preserving, studying, building, restoring, and using wooden and bark canoes, and to sharing information about canoeing heritage throughout the world.

Photo Credit: Jim and Betsy Wilson

Assembly 2023
Featuring Carleton Canoes
43rd Annual Assembly, July 11-16th, 2023

It's the news you've all been waiting to hear!

After much negotiation, our team was able to secure Paul Smiths College again!!

Join us in July of 2023 for another incredible week of canoe fun and friendship.

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Chapter Newsletters

See what WCHA members around the globe are up to!
The following chapters have a newsletter available.

For information on all chapters, including their websites, see here...

Wooden Canoe Heritage Association at a Glance

A Bit of Background

The Wooden Canoe Heritage Association began 40 years ago as a way to unite the wooden canoe community as well as to educate the general public about the beauty and history of these wonderful watercraft.

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Owning wooden canoes is like keeping rabbits; one is lonely so you get two and then there are many!

Nick Dennis

Photo Credit: Nick Dennis (RJ Turk canoe circa 1890)

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