• The manufacture of synthetic canoes enjoyed a boost from the increase in interest in human-powered outdoor recreation in the 1960s and 1970s, activities that also included bicycling and cross-country skiing.

Synthetic Canoe in the Rapids

From Canoes: A Natural History in North America by Mark Neuzil and Norman Sims

  • Canoes became more and more lightweight, which helped make them easier on the portages and on tops of vehicles; some of the new materials also were tough enough to run rapids.
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