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Every year we prepare a team of paddlers to race the canoe at the competition.

This year we will be consistently bringing our canoes down to the lake to allow people to try to paddle a concrete canoe - somewhat more difficult than a regular canoe. We will also be looking into indoor paddling lessons.

Paddlers are an important part of the team and even with a relatively inexperienced team we have done very respectably (4th place overall in 2012) against some teams with a large amount of experience.

Join the paddling team and help steer U of T Concrete Canoe to victory!

Canadian National Concrete Canoe Competition

The Concrete Canoe Competition itself involves more than just racing each team’s final product. Proper engineering methods and professionalism is highly encouraged in the competition. Thus, large portions of the scores are allocated to the oral presentation on the design of the canoe as well as the written technical report which details these designs. The canoes are also weighted before the races and points are deducted for inaccurate calculations regarding the estimated weight of the canoe. This is to help enforce the importance of accurate estimates and error margins in the work of an engineer.

The shape and composition of the concrete mix of the canoe is strictly guided by the competition rules. Aside from complying to the required dimensions as per the rules, aesthetics are also taken into account in the judging process. Further, the canoes are subject a swamp test in which the canoe is submerged completely underwater and is required to float back to the surface of the water by itself. All of these requirements are challenges that members of the canoe team must overcome every year.

The highlight of the competition, of course, are the races. These include the men’s endurance, women’s endurance, men’s sprint, women’s sprint and the co-ed sprint. While the placements of races depend entirely on the efforts of the team’s paddlers, the reminder of the team is encouraged to cheer as there is an award given for the most spirited team at competition.

The Concrete Canoe Competition is a competition that entails so much more than just racing the canoes. This is the reason why we, at the University of Toronto, spend endless hours on the design and finishing of our canoe because we believe that every ounce of our efforts counts toward the final placement of our canoe at competition.


Each year, the UofT Concrete Canoe design team design, test, and construct our own canoe and pit it against other universities in national competitions.

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