Our snowshoe weaving course starts with a large selection of the best frames on the market (high quality White Ash frames in a large variety of styles and sizes) and incredibly durable and functional 400lb-test fishing line from Vancouver Island. After years of experience and hundreds of kilometres of testing we’ve settled upon a marriage of traditional snowshoes frames and modern weaving materials. The 400-lb monoline we offer is lighter, stronger and more abrasion resistant than traditional rawhide. It also needs no varnish, and is much less likely to stick to wet snow. Quite simply it performs better and lasts longer than rawhide* across a much wider range of conditions (and doesn’t require annual maintenance). We will help you select a snowshoe style based on your size and terrain preferences and then guide you through the weaving process over two days of instruction.
*As an historical note: as far as we have read, cowhide was never considered by native Canadians as an adequate snowshoe weaving material. Special winter-scraped caribou hide was considered the best material, with even moose hide considered a poor substitute. This may explain why we have found modern cow-hide weaves to perform so poorly, whereas in the past rawhide snowshoes have performed well for thousands of years.
Please register for snowshoe weaving at the Canadian Canoe Museum directly with them at this link.