Dan Van Gelder sources white cedar from Eastern Ontario and red cedar from British Columbia
Our congratulations to Dan and Becky Van Gelder on their thriving canoe restoration business in the Huntsville, Muskoka area. With some ten projects on the go, there is no shortage of work this winter and beyond. What began as a hobby and love of canoeing and canoe restoration for the couple has become a full time career for the Van Gelders, who set up shop in Muskoka about three years ago. They obviously have a passion for their work
Enjoy the photos and video below.
Becky’s skills with canoes began with a high school apprenticeship programme.
Imagine being married and business partners at the same time! That’s commitment!
Cherry and ash are frequently used for the Van Gelder’s canoe gunwales. This canoe is a “new build”.
This Walter Dean canoe (top of photo) has had a complete restoration.
Each new canoe is built from a template mold like the one in this photo.