If you’re interested in purchasing some books on canoe- and kayak-building, please visit my online store at http://astore.amazon.ca/greybcanoe-20.
Here are some of the online resources I’ve found useful.
Canoe Plans and Building Resources:
http://www.bearmountainboats.com/ — Bear Mountain Boat Shop. A great resource for plans and other information.
http://www.blueheronkayaks.com/kayak/index.html — Blue Heron Kayaks. One of the best resources on the web (in my opinion) for building strip kayaks. The forum is a treasure trove of information for kayak and canoe builders alike. If you’re into building kayaks, check out Kayak Foundry, a CAD program for designing your own kayak.
http://www.northwestcanoe.com/ — NorthWest Canoe. Another great resource for canoe plans (some of which are free). Site includes a builder’s forum.
http://intheboatshed.com/ — A community dedicated to discussing boat plans and boat building
http://grannyflatsmallcraft.wordpress.com/ — A blog by a builder of wooden craft.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wv7YfDIsjtE/ — Chair caning instructions in case you want to cane your own canoe seats.
Materials (in and around the greater Toronto area):
http://www.noahsmarine.com/ — Noah’s Marine Supply. A source for fiberglass, resin, and various boat-building supplies.
http://www.compositescanada.com/ — Composites Canada. Another supplier of fiberglass and resin in the GTA.
http://www.oliverlumber.com/index.htm — Oliver Lumber. The best supplier of boatbuilding-grade lumber in the GTA. Located in Campbellville.
Here’s a video of a true artist from Quebec who builds a birch bark canoe from raw materials. Watch him go from cutting down a tree to paddling a beautiful boat. Amazing.