At Badger Paddles we believe in tradition and using old fashioned methods wherever possible. Our canoe paddles are machine cut from a single piece of wood then given its final shape by hand using various sanders (with the exception of our Cubs). Every Badger canoe paddle is a unique wood carving and work of art. No two paddles are the same. With oval shafts and slightly rounded grips, Badger’s designs have evolved over time to become a highly refined range of traditional canoe paddles. Find out more about our process through the About Our Paddles page.
All Badger Paddles are finished using methods and techniques passed on from Fiona’s Great Grandpa Sidney Badger of Badger & Son Wood Refinishers. Our preferred finish choice is wood oil, which allows us to provide a hand-rubbed finish for each paddle.
Additionally, we offer a traditional varnish finish, as well as a unique combination finish with a hand-rubbed varnish on our paddle blades with an oiled shaft and grip. Our hand rubbed varnish finish makes for a finer tactile finish and adds a nice old-fashioned touch. We also offer vibrant & colourfully tinted paddles known as Badger WaterColours™.
Customize your paddle by choosing from various styles, woods and finishes to create your own special piece. Personalize your paddles for weddings, gifts, retirement, or to make your own unique statement. Add a name, laser engrave your logo, or artwork to make your distinctive mark with the help of Badger’s artist, Fiona.
Every Badger Paddle includes a one-size-fits-most reusable Badger Paddle Sock (excluding Young Badgers and Cubs).
This teardrop beavertail was named after famed voyageur George Bonga. It has a shallow, wide blade profile making it ideal for shallow river canoe tripping.
This traditional style beavertail has a deep, wide blade with lots of surface area to move large amounts of water while running deep enough to be an effective rudder.
This modified ottertail features a finely tipped blade that widens nearer the top. This is the only Badger style currently offered with a Northwoods-style grip.
This traditionally shaped ottertail paddle is extremely smooth and quiet for a paddle with such a substantial blade surface. It is a great do-everything paddle for lake country.
This modified ottertail has a long, thin blade which helps reduce stress on shoulder joints and is great for soloing, style paddling or tandem tripping.
This modified ottertail has an even longer, thinner blade than the Sliver, similar to the long and narrow blades used by the voyageurs.
Our “Young Badgers” are made using the exact process used to build all of our hard wood traditional canoe paddles, but are shorter than our standard adult lengths and DO NOT include a Badger Paddle Sock. Standard woods used to build Young Badgers are ash or cherry. However, specialty woods and customization are available – contact us for a quote. “Young Badgers” are made for youth paddlers or smaller-framed adults.
Badger Paddles loves to get kids (and cubs) excited about paddling and the outdoors… that is why we offer our Cub paddles in different COLOURS! These laminate poplar canoe paddles for children are a time proven favourite for the young and vibrant!
Hi There, I am so so Happy that I found Badger Paddles i was looking for a unique gift for my wife plus be a part of our adventures. I ordered her a 10 th anniversary paddle for her Birthday. I will say the Mike you have a connection with your craft that you do not see everyday, the detail and mastery of your paddles is amazing. If you are looking for a paddle look no further, in my opinion they are the finest crafted paddles that I have put in the water. Oh by the way, my wife is super please, Fits her like a prize find on her stringer. I ordered a second one for me and Wow ! I Love it . Than You Again Mike and Fiona Keep Digging the Water And may your Adventures find Peace Robert and Dawn
"In this age of "techno-gear" you don't often come across any hand-made products that really stand out. Badger Paddles is the exception. You can tell that each paddle shows the love and commitment of the manufacturer...artistically rendered by true crafts-people, Mike and Fiona at Badger Paddles. Every avid paddler needs a "real" paddle, and I love my Badger!
"I bought a Sliver in cherry, and really like the paddle. It's the first otter tail-style paddle I have owned. I have been learning to paddle the canadian stroke, knifing the paddle back through the water on the recovery, often keeping the paddle in the water the entire stroke. This paddle has made learning this stroke much easier. Also, while battling significant whitecaps that were coming from two directions (across the lake and down an angling bay) the length of the paddle made it possible for me to keep us headed in the right direction with speed by reaching out wide to steer us through the angling waves. I love the solid single piece of wood - very sturdy in the hands. The single piece also makes it easy to keep the paddle in top shape as you can sand the end of the blade as needed. It is easy to apply a fresh coat of your Badger wood oil after each trip. The sock that comes with the paddle is a nice touch and helps protect the paddle in transit and while in storage. Finally, the Sliver in cherry is among the most beautiful paddles out there. While far from the most important feature of a paddle, it is an added bonus to have something that is nice to look at. Keep up the good work. And keep that badger claw imprint on the paddle. We in Wisconsin - the Badger State - love that! Thank you for such an excellent product."
“there's a lot of ideas about paddles out there -- i'm just advocating for things as i see 'em -- i notice little things, the subtle thickening of the shaft just before the blade, fine edges on the sides, stoutness still at the blade end, a well grained wood in a solid serviceable, not show-room-gloss finish, -- i see a lot of over-engineered laminate and composite paddles, or the clever and finely finished furniture grade pieces...i mean, they are nice, and i appreciate them for what they are -- but there is an elegant functional simplicity to (my) badger paddle that really works for me -- i wouldn't mind hanging it on my wall or snubbing off a rock in mild moving water mid-expedition. one the fantastic things about canoeing is the intersection between simplicity, aesthetic, and solid functionality and the badger paddle hits it dead centre...then factor in being able to banter 'bout paddle-stuff at a show with the paddle-maker...that's almost master-card priceless...”
Hi Fiona and Mike, I just got back from a 3 day trip to Little Trout Lake and I wanted to let you know how impressed I was with the paddle you made for me. The oil rub on the handle and shaft make it grip wet or dry. This was the most important feature to me. I found I had more power and control over the canoe than my previous paddle. The glossy finish on the blade looks great on my wall too! So it's the best piece of gear I've bought in a long time. Thank you.
Purchasing my first Badger Paddle was a memorable event for me. I chose the “Sliver" style, and opted for the oiled finish rather than varnish. I can remember when I first held it in my hands, I had to smile; it looked and felt great! Rather than being made from several pieces of wood glued together, it was crafted from a single, solid block of wood. This means no joints to split or crack if you hit an unexpected rock (been there, done that… more than once)! The grip fit my hand perfectly; I really liked the shape and the size: comfortable to hold, taking almost no effort. Something else that immediately stood out was the velvety smooth finish of the entire paddle. All my other paddles are covered in varnish, my Badger Paddle is instead oiled wood. I can’t stress enough what a difference this makes in the feel of the wood! When I paddle with varnished paddles, I always develop a blister where the shaft and throat of the paddle rub against the skin between my thumb and index finger; the varnish doesn’t really slide that well over skin. But the oiled wood is different; it just glides across the same area. I’m sure there is some friction, but it’s at a level that just doesn’t matter.
Consider this: you are likely to paddle well over 1,000 strokes an hour on an average canoe trip, which adds up to around 8,000 strokes per day or 56,000 strokes per week. I’m guessing a solid 20-day trip you'll do at least 160,000 paddle strokes. It’s proof that the paddle you pick is one of the most important decisions you'll make. My all time favourite is Badger's traditionally shaped ottertail paddle called the Tripper.