Canoe vs Kayak – What Are The Key Differences?

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Kayaks and canoes were created by indigenous people across what is currently USA and Canada. They are both boats with no engines, which makes them extremely environmentally friendly and quiet, so they can be perfect for spotting wildlife whilst on the water. Kayaking is slightly more popular in America: in 2018 there were 16.38 million kayakers compared to 9.13 million canoers.

Let’s take a closer look at the differences – Canoe vs Kayak

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