Gull Lake Boat Works is fully-functional boat shop that specialises in creating custom-built canoes and kayaks for discerning enthusiasts.  With locations both in the GTA and in the Haliburton Highlands, we have the means and capacity to build, repair, and restore all types of small watercraft.

Gull Lake Boat Works was founded in 2008 by Head Builder Marc Russell, after an intensive apprenticship with Master Builder Ron Frenette of Canadian Canoes.  Russell, former Program Director of Kilcoo Camp (a venerable, Toronto- based private summer camp located near Minden, Ontario), was charged with the mammoth task of rehabilitating and replacing Kilcoo’s aging fleet of antique cedar plank and canvas canoes with their modern equivalent – the Kilcoo 15.7’ canoeGull Lake Boat Works , named for the lake on which Kilcoo lays, was created to facilitate and support this endeavour. 

News travels fast, and as Kilcoo’s fleet grows so does demand for private sales among not only camp alumni, but also paddlers and collectors outside of the Kilcoo community.   After the short video "Adam's Rib" by film makers Penn&Panache, GLBW has appeared in over a dozen on-line and physical publications, like Cottage Life,, and - most recently - in the tenth issue of Arts & Crafts & Design Magazine. GLBW is also pleased to be a part of The Craft and the Makers: Tradition with Attitude, a lovely hardcover book released recently by Gestalten.

While having expanded to meet the demands of its various clientele, GLBW necessarily remains as it was first envisioned: a small and personal operation committed to producing unique vessels that wed traditional designs to modern methods, that define workmanship and durability, that join function and finish, and that instill a continuing pride of ownership. 

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