Canoe and Kayak Store is an independently owned, specialist paddle-sport store based in Gloucestershire. We also have a store in South Wales inside the Cardiff International White Water Centre, where you can demo our boats and paddles on the course.

Our roots trace back to the year 2000 when Richard (having paddled since he was a child) was offered the chance to buy a canoe business. Loving the industry but not liking the company he decided to set up his own – opening a shop in Gloucestershire and leading to where we are today!

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    Wenonah Minnesota II Kevlar Ultralite Canoe

    The Minnesota II from Wenonah has been designed for fast performance touring, with straight tracking and is the most efficient tandem tripping canoe ever made. 

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    The Minnesota II is designed for fast, efficient touring.  The boat glides effortlessly in a straight line and this performance is maintained when the boat is fully loaded, making it ideal for long multiday expeditions. The boat has superb final stability which means it can cope in choppy lake conditions or mild rivers, it is fast and seaworthy even when loaded with heavy gear, however also fun to paddle lightly loade just for the thrill of it. It is light for its size which makes portages less of an ordeal and something you can actually look forward to.


    • Length - 18'6"
    • Length/width ratio - 5.8
    • Width, gunwale - 33½"
    • Width, waterline - 33½"
    • Width, maximum - 35"
    • Depth, bow - 20½"
    • Depth, centre - 13½"
    • Depth, stern - 17"
    • Rocker - Minimal
    • Weight - 42lb 

    Standard Fit Minnesota II

    We carry stock of standard models only.  Please call us  on 01454 261058 for delivery times of other options.Please note that this canoe is available in our shop but we cannot ship it with a carrier.  Please call us on 01454 261058 or email us for details of your nearest dealer.


    • Natural Skin Coat Finish
    • All Silver Aluminium Trim
    • Adjustable Stern Foot Brace
    • Ash Yoke
    • Bucket Seats, Sliding Bow


    Buyers Guide

    1. How to Choose the Best Canoe For You

    We offer more than 30 canoe models, most of which can be fabricated in several different materials. How do you choose the right canoe for you? Follow these simple steps to help narrow down the decision and ensure you'll find your perfect canoe.
    First, try to narrow your search down to one or two categories of boats. To do this, consider your priorities. How and where do you plan on using this canoe? What type of water are you going to paddle? How much gear are you likely to take along? How skilled are the paddlers?
    Find a category that best matches your basic needs:
    General Touring - Designed to do many things well, they are very versatile. They're stable, maneuverable, efficient and will haul a fair amount of gear. Great family canoes.
    Performance Touring - Light and fast. They track and glide well, and respond best in the hands of experienced paddlers. These designs are true performance boats.
    Sports & Leisure - Popular with beginners, kids, and people who fish, hunt, or take photos. S & L canoes are extremely stable and easy to handle.
    Down River - Perfect for paddling in streams, rivers, and smaller rapids. These fun paddling canoes turn on a dime and slide through eddies.
    Whitewater - Built for paddling the fast water and raging currents of whitewater rivers. Their hulls are contoured for maneuverability and stability in steep leans.
    Expedition - For distance paddling, adventure trips, and big water, they're designed to perform most efficiently when fully loaded with a lot of gear.

    2. Aspects of Performance

    Once you've decided on a category that fits your needs (or more importantly, eliminated the categories that don't) then you select the performance aspects most important to you.
    The main aspects of performance are:
    Efficiency - How far the canoe goes with each stroke. A long glide following the stroke means the canoe is very efficient.
    Maneuverability - How easily the boat will turn. A lot of boats are specifically designed to "Track Straight". We always say it's much easier to turn a boat than keep one going straight.
    Capacity - How much gear and weight the canoe can hold.
    Initial Stability - How "tippy" a boat feels when you're getting in and out of it or when it's resting on calm water.
    Final Stability - How resistant a canoe is to tipping even when leaned or in high winds and waves.
    Seaworthiness - How dry, capable, and predictable the canoe is in large waves or rough waters.

    3. Basic Canoe Design

    Read and understand the basics of Canoe Design. Learn why the different dimensions and hull shapes, both above and below the water line, determine to what degree a canoe will excel at which aspects of performance.
    A canoe's performance is built into its design. The dimensions and shape of the hull above and below the water line, and other variables, determine how efficient, stable, roomy, maneuverable, and seaworthy that canoe is. Of the close to 30 models of canoes in this catalog, no two perform the same. A sports canoe that's stable and easy to paddle will have a different length, width, rocker and streamlining than a performance canoe designed to go fast and glide far. Even within the same category of canoes, subtle differences in design will change their performance.

    Cross Section Shape

    Cross-section shape determines initial and final stability. Initial stability is how stable a canoe feels when upright in calm water. Final stability is how resistant a canoe is to capsizing even when on edge.
    Flat Bottom - Typical for bargain canoes. Flat-bottomed hulls have initial stability, but are unpredictable on waves or if leaned beyond a critical angle.
    Shallow Arch - Characteristic of well-designed hulls. Good initial and final stability. Predictable and responsive when leaned or on waves.
    Shallow "V" - Shaped with a ridge in the center, like a keel. Stable but rides deeper and is less efficient than a shallow arch. May snag on rocks.
    Round Bottom - Extremely rare, used only on canoes for calm-water racing. Very fast, but has no initial stability at all and is tricky to balance.


    Length - Longer canoes track straighter, travel faster, and glide farther. They also hold more and perform better when loaded. Shorter canoes turn easily and are great for paddling on tight streams. Even a 6-inch difference in length can make a dramatic difference in canoe performance.
    Depth - Adding depth to the center of the hull creates more freeboard, which adds capacity and seaworthiness. Adding depth to the bow or stern helps to fend off waves or spray.
    Width - A wider hull has a higher initial stability, but requires more effort to paddle. A narrow hull requires less effort to paddle, but has less initial stability. Width also increases capacity, although not as much as length.
    Flare - A flared hull widens out near the gunwales. It deflects waves and resists capsize.
    Tumblehome - Tumblehome is how the hull curves in toward the gunwales and lets the paddler paddle close to the hull. Both flare and tumblehome may be built into different parts of the same hull. Composites are the only practical material for this purpose, and even then the hull needs stout, wooden gunwales to help hold the complex shapes that combine tumblehome and flare (see the Itasca for an example).
    Rocker - Rocker describes the way some hulls curve up at the ends, like a rocking chair. Rocker plays part in a canoe's maneuverability. Longer canoes with some rocker will maneuver like much shorter canoes. Canoes with a lot of rocker turn more easily, which is why whitewater and down river canoes have steeply rockered ends. Canoes with very little rocker will track straighter.
    Streamlining and Fullness - Different canoes with the same load can require more or less effort to paddle, depending on streamlining and fullness. How fast or how gradual the hull widens influences speed, capacity, and stability. A hull that widens gradually and smoothly is more efficient.
    Entry Line - The entry line is the sharpness of the bow. Blunt entry lines resist impacts better, which is why whitewater canoes generally have blunt entry lines. Sharper entry lines improve the hull's efficiency and tracking.

    Canoe Weights

    Because every canoe we make is handcrafted, weights may vary slightly from the stated figure with standard equipment. Most options add weight including wood trim, sliding seats and foot braces, and optional gel-coat finish. Actual boat weights may vary +/- 5% off the stated figure.

    Maximum Capacities

    Many canoe makers publish specific weight capacities for their hulls.
    These are highly misleading for many reasons:
    Even if you know how much weight you've put into the canoe, water in the bilge rapidly increases the load by an unknown amount.
    If loaded anywhere near its claimed limit, a canoe may not be overloaded officially, but it will handle very poorly.
    Waves or strong current call for an increased safety margin, hence less load.
    Paddlers' skills play a major role in what weight a canoe can transport safely.
    We don't print specific figures. Rather we say our hulls have reserve capacity for their intended use.
    A Heron or Fisherman is for shorter day-trips. A Rogue, Adirondack, Aurora, Kingfisher, or Escapade will take two typical adults with moderate gear. A Spirit, Escape, Boundary Waters or Cascade is meant for two adults with lots of gear. The Minnesota II, and Champlain have a bit more capacity, while the Minnesota 3, and Itasca will carry three to four adults and lots of gear in most situations.
    If you're worried about the capacity of any model (made by us or by anyone), a published figure is not a reliable guide. Load the hull with the intended weight and test it. If the canoe is overloaded, a test will reveal it better than any published figure could.


    There's flotation in each of our pleasure hulls to keep it afloat if filled with water. Royalex® canoes have foam cores giving flotation. Most composite hulls have sealed-air tanks. Tuf-weave® tandems with a Flex-core have polyurethane-filled end tanks.
    However, even though our hulls float filled with water, we strongly advise supplemental air flotation bags for Class II rapids or above. If swamped in rapids, a hull must not just float, but float high to avoid hidden rocks.

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    Delivery charges and timescales vary depending on the item ordered and the delivery address. Subject to the exclusions below, the total delivery charge will be shown at the checkout stage of the ordering process.

    We reserve the right to change this delivery charge policy at any time and without notice.

    Delivery within the UK

    Delivery is free for all single orders totalling over £50 delivered to a single address in mainland UK. Some exclusions apply, see below.

    Deliveries to Northern Ireland, Highlands and Islands (including Isle of Wight) are not included as mainland UK for delivery purposes. We will check with our carriers prior to delivery and may contact you by email or telephone if further carriage charges are necessary. You will have the opportunity to accept or cancel the order.

    Some items, such as composite canoes and kayaks, cannot be sent with a carrier as they may get damaged in transit. In such cases, we will inform you by email or telephone as soon as possible to make alternative arrangements. This may involve carriage charges which will be agreed prior to delivery. If you collect the goods, any delivery charges will be refunded.

    Our aim is that orders received by noon Monday – Friday will be shipped that day. However this is subject to the item being in stock at our Gloucestershire warehouse. Delivery should be one to three days from shipment depending on the goods sent and the delivery address.

    Most orders are sent by carrier and will require a signature on receipt. We will contact you prior to despatch to agree the best delivery date. Delivery may be any time between 8am and 6pm. Deliveries to remote areas, particularly Highlands and Islands, where the carriers quote 3 to 5 days, are not guaranteed.

    If there is nobody available at the delivery address to accept delivery a card should be left. Depending on which carrier was used, they may attempt delivery the next working day. However, this and any subsequent deliveries may incur a charge. Alternatively, they may give details of how to arrange redelivery or the address from where the parcel can be collected. We accept no liability if the delivery is not made due to the recipient not being available. If the recipient fails to collect the parcel or arrange redelivery in good time the goods will be returned to us and a charge will be made for redelivery to that or an alternative address.

    In the event that you select a business address for delivery, we shall be deemed to have delivered the order to its intended recipient by delivering it to the reception area of the business address.

    Small orders will be sent by Royal Mail. This may be first class, second class or Recorded Delivery, which will require a signature, depending on the size, weight and value of the order.

    If you require delivery by a particular date, please let us know and we will contact you if we are unable to meet your deadline.

    Where the supply of your product is delayed or prevented for reasons beyond our control (for example, material shortages, import delays or higher than anticipated demand) we will make every effort to keep you informed but shall be under no liability to you for such delay or failure.

    International Shipping

    Our standard charge for international deliveries is £15 however this is for small items only. There may be an additional charge for larger or more valuable items. Please contact us by email or telephone for a quoted delivery charge. Orders will be sent either by post or with a carrier and usually require a signature on receipt.

    Due to customs, legal, regulatory and certain practical restrictions applicable to orders placed for international delivery, some of our products may not be available for delivery to certain destinations outside the UK.  Canoe and Kayak Store reserves the right to define what can and cannot be delivered to which destination.

    Purchases will be made in Pounds Sterling.  International credit card providers or banks will determine the exchange rate and may add additional processing or administration charge in relation to such payment which international credit card holders will be liable to pay.

    Products are sold on a delivery duty unpaid basis.  The recipient may have to pay import duty or formal customs entry fee prior to or on delivery.  Additional taxes, fees or levies may apply according to local legislation and customers are required to check these details before placing an order for international delivery.

    We cannot guarantee that we will accept orders from countries outside the UK.

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    Canoe and Kayak Store Returns Policy

    Purchases from store

    If you bought goods at either of our shops you may, at our discretion, be able to return items within 14 days for a full refund, as long as they have not been used and still have the original labels attached. Please take the items back to the shop, together with your receipt. Any refund can only be made using the same method as the original transaction so if you paid by debit/credit card please take that with you also. We cannot issue refunds against clearance goods.

    Your right to cancel your order

    If your purchase was as a consumer online or by phone, under The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 (CCR) you may cancel all or part of your order, without reason, within 14 days of delivery. The regulations do not apply to any custom-made items or personalised goods.

    Under the CCR regulations, you must notify us in writing within 14 days of delivery that you wish to cancel all or part of your order and then return the items within a further 14 days.

    You must take reasonable care of the goods until returned and they must be returned unused, with original labels still attached and any component parts must remain unopened. Please complete our returns form, which will have been sent with your order, and send it with the items to the address shown on that form.

    Please be aware that, unless you are returning products because they are faulty or not as described, you will be responsible for any postage/carrier costs incurred in sending the goods back to us. We recommend that items being returned be sent via insured, trackable delivery for your protection. We will not be responsible for any loss or damage to them in transit.

    We reserve the right to charge you, or reduce your refund, for any loss or damage in transit or if you have reduced the value of the items eg. you have worn shoes outside and scuffed the soles.

    Within 14 days of receipt of the goods, Canoe and Kayak Store will give you a full refund of the amount paid for the returned item, including any standard delivery charge if applicable. Refunds can only be made using the same method as the original transaction. If you bought your item using a gift voucher, you will be issued with another gift voucher. Please note that refunds to credit cards can often take 2 – 3 days to appear on your credit card account.

    This is not intended to be a full statement of all rights under the CCR.  Full details of your rights under the CCR are available in the UK from your local Citizens’ Advice Bureau or your Local Authority’s Trading Standards Office.

    Damaged or incorrectly supplied goods

    On receipt, you should check all items against your order. If any items are damaged on delivery or incorrectly supplied please contact us as soon as possible, and in any event within 14 days, by phone or email and we will endeavour to rectify the problem as soon as possible. Please complete our returns form and send it with the damaged or incorrect items as soon as possible to the address on the form. We will then send you the replacement goods and refund any postage costs you incurred returning the items. Refunds can only be made using the same method as the original transaction. Please note that refunds to credit cards can often take 2 – 3 days to appear on your credit card account.


    If you wish to exchange your purchase for a different size/colour you must notify us within 14 days by email or telephone of your intention to do this and you then have a further 14 days to return the goods. Please complete our returns form and send it with the relevant items to us at the address on the form. The item must be unused, undamaged and with original labels still attached. Please note that you are responsible for any return postage. We will not be responsible for any loss or damage in transit.

    We reserve the right to make a £4 charge to cover the costs of sending the replacement items. Large items such as kayaks and paddles may incur a higher charge that will be agreed with you. Payment for this must be provided before we send out the replacement item. This charge does not apply if you collect the replacement goods from Canoe and Kayak Store.

    For international orders the charge will vary depending on the current cost of delivery to that country. For an accurate price please contact us before returning the item.

    In the case of warranty returns this charge will be waived as long as the returned goods are clean and free from dirt to comply with current Health and Safety Regulations.

    If we are unable to supply the replacement items we will refund you the full amount paid for the item, including any standard delivery charge, using the same method as the original transaction.

    Custom-made or personalised items, DVDs and books are not returnable unless defective.

    Returning faulty goods

    Under the Consumer Rights Act 2015 goods ordered at home must be as described, fit for purpose and of satisfactory quality. If any of the goods supplied by us fail to meet any of those criteria you have the right to reject them for a full refund. This right must be exercised within a 30 day period from the date you purchased the goods. If we fail to deliver within that 30 day period, or by a later date as agreed with you, you also have the right to cancel for a full refund. After 30 days you will not be entitled to a full refund if the product develops a fault.

    If you wish to reject goods under this Act, please complete our returns form and send it with the items to the address shown on that form. If the goods are faulty we will contact you to arrange a repair or replacement.

    Refunds will be for the item purchased plus any delivery charge that may have been made and will be by the same method as the original purchase.

    All of the above does not affect your statutory rights.



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