About Us

Proudly Canadian - for Over 40 Years!


Paluski Boats began in 1980 manufacturing recreational rowing shells. As gold medallist member of Canada’s National Rowing Team, our founder, Graham Wilkins, acquired a deep appreciation for the expertise involved in crafting recreational boats of exceptional quality. Indeed, quality has been a mainstay with us throughout our 40 years in business. By 1984, along with business partner Pat Smith, a fibreglass engineering expert, we had perfected a full line of recreational fibreglass rowing shells and expanded to include kayaks and canoes. Since we began, our designs are a direct reflection of the rigorous dedication to expertise and quality that accompanies gold medal performances


Paluski staff genuinely care about nature and the environment, adventure and quality lifestyles. In the 1990s, we transitioned from fibreglass manufacturing to employing rotomolding production, a much more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly process. One of our most rewarding highlights was producing the Spirit Kayak – one of Canada’s first rotomolded polyethylene kayaks! The addition of the Ripple and Riptide kayaks and the Passage, Fastwater, and Adirondack canoes soon solidified Paluski Boats’ reputation as one of Canada’s eminent adventure boating manufacturers. 

About this time, a boom in the kayak industry dramatically changed the North American outdoor industry. Big-box retailers started selling lower-priced kayaks, made offshore that often compromise quality and design to achieve the lowest possible price. Paluski chose to stand by our core principles. We maintained our commitment to functional designs, high-quality production techniques, and exceptional customer service. And we are glad we did. We discovered that while our core customers appreciate good value, they also value performance, durability and attention to service in their buying decisions.

Red canoe with P in centre. Paluski Boats text. Paddle with red maple leaf in centre.

Over the years, our customers have shown us that they value the high-quality craftwork, design, and durability of our boats as much as we do. That’s because our goals have never changed. Today, we continue manufacturing high performance and extremely durable canoes, kayaks, and paddles that meet the needs and expectations of recreational boating enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels.


Rental fleets are by far the best trial for durability standards. Each year we supply hundreds of canoes, kayaks and paddles to rental fleets across North America. We take pride in knowing that every member of the Paluski team is committed to producing the best performing, most durable canoes, kayaks and paddles on the market. 

All our materials are 100% made in Canada. We are incredibly confident about the high quality of our products. We provide a Lifetime Hull Warranty because we manufacture products we know will last.


We feel fortunate to be a part of a company whose products bring joy into people’s lives. We extend a warm welcome to new customers. We encourage you to go through our website to find your next boat or paddle. If you have any questions, please give us a call or email. We are always happy to help our customers decide what best meets their needs. And we are positive that you will be delighted with your new Paluski Boat.