The craftsman

Luc Melançon studied fine arts and environmental design at the University of Quebec in Montreal. While dedicated to visual arts, particularly sculpture, he taught fine arts including set decorations and costumes in the first and second grades. He was a photo technician for an international association and a graphic designer for diverse publications. He also completed a course in cabinetmaking.

In his spare time, Luc enjoys fishing and outdoor activities which peeked his interest in cedar canvas canoes. In 2004, Luc learned to build and restore cedar canoes. He studied and worked for a full year with Bill Wilson of Paugan Falls Canoes. In 2005 he founded Lost River Canoes, in the Laurentians, north of Montréal.

Most valuable collaborators


Martine Rizzoli : Construction

Grant Loewen : Construction

Réjean Boisvert : sinew

Photo credits:
Jacques Audet
Michel Fyen-Gagnon
Jacques Lavoie
Grant Loewen

The workshop


Our workshop is situated in Lost River, in the municipality of Harrington, 30 kilometres west of St-Sauveur, 30 kilometres north of Lachute or 110 kilometres north of Montréal (see the map in our contact page)

Our workshop is open year round, unless otherwise specified.
Make an appointment and come visit us.

Lost River Canoes
5122 Lost River Road
Harrington (Québec)
J8G 2T1
Mobile : 819-687-2462
Landline : 819-687-9407