17½’ Atkinson Traveler


About the Atkinson Traveler

The Atkinson Traveler is modeled after the famous guide canoes, used initially by professional guides with their “sports,” but soon adopted by serious sportsmen and wilderness travelers alike.  When co-authoring the book,The Wood & Canvas Canoe,” we wanted to include plans for a boat that the building enthusiast could build at home and that would still meet most people’s needs. I designed the Traveler for my own needs and hoped that others would like it as much I did. It has become a successful and popular canoe design and has met just about all of my and many other wilderness paddlers’ needs.

The Traveler boasts a generous carrying capacity, a handsome yet relatively low profile, a fine entry for speed yet ample buoyancy in the quarters and amidships. The modest rocker allows quick maneuvering in rapids, while the overall length makes straight tracking on the lakes possible without the addition of a keel.

For the serious traveler, or for those who want extra flotation, the Traveler also comes in an extra-deep model, with a depth of 14 or 15 inches. The overall appearance and shape of the canoe are not altered.


“The Atkinson Traveler is a 17 ½ ft. canoe that blends the best features of the 18 and 20 ft. E.M. White models into a remarkable wilderness canoe of grace and function.”

—Garrett Conover, Maine Guide and Author of Beyond the Paddle

“The wood/canvas Atkinson Traveler amounts to nothing less than floating sculpture.

Backpacker Magazine

“Easy to paddle even when loaded.”

—Telos Wallace, age 3, West Branch of the Penobscot River near Big Island




  • Length ……….. 17½ feet
  • Depth ………… 13 inches
  • Beam …………. 35⅝ inches
  • Bow Height …. 24⅜ inches
  • Weight ……….. 75 lbs


  • Length ……… 17½ feet
  • Depth ……….. 14 or 15 inches
  • Beam ………… 35⅝ inches
  • Bow Height … 24⅜ inches
  • Weight ………. 80 lbs

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