The Canadian Canoe Co.


Literally, the Canadian Canoe Co. rose from the same ashes as those of its local neighbour, the Peterborough Canoe Co. Following the destruction by fire of the Ontario Canoe Co. in May of 1892, one A.R. Tebb (who had been superintendent of the burned-out company) and Felix Brownscombe, a local entrepreneur, decided to form a separate canoe-building enterprise in the city of Peterborough. This was the origin of the Canadian Canoe Co. which specialized in nearly the same line of work as Peterborough Canoe Co.

From the late 1920’s, it was associated with the Peterborough Canoe Co. and the Chestnut Canoe Co. of Fredericton, N.B. as branches of a parent company – Canadian Watercraft Limited. Throughout the 1940’s and 1950’s these three firms accounted for a large proportion of the canoes, skiffs and small outboard runabouts built in Canada. Ultimately, the Canadian Canoe Co. was a casualty of the financial distress which overcame one of the partners – the Peterborough Canoe Co. – in 1961.