With a low profile and long, flat floor, the Guide 18 is big on cargo space and shallow on draft. Available with green canvas or clear fiberglass, this canoe is designed for backcountry canoeing. The 18 is the middleweight member of Old Town’s Classic Wood Guide Family.

A full ten pounds heavier than its little brother, the Guide 18 offers the same stability and on-water maneuverability as the Guide 16, adding more capacity to the package. Intended for serious canoe trips, it may be a bit much to haul around for family use, although the extra hands for moving it on and off roof racks could be a plus. You might want to avoid portaging, but this canoe will keep you comfortable throughout your ride.


Length—18’/5.5 m

Width—37″/93.9 cm

Depth—12″/30.4 cm

Weight—86 lbs/39 kg

Capacity range—700 – 750 lbs/317.5 – 340.2 kg

Suggested Retail—$7,499 (wood/canvas), $7,749 (wood/fiberglass)

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Old Town Guide 18 Classic Wood Canoe, 2.4 out of 5 based on 7 ratings

Written by Tori "Waverider" Morris

Tori “Waverider” Morris first learned to love canoes when she was just a small child. She built her first handmade canoe at the age of 11 and continues to this day as a professional. Among some of the most interesting places she’s canoed are Brazil and Vietnam. Tori lives in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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  1. Scott Imus

    I have paddled a 1951 vintage Guide 18 on several big rivers like the upper Missouri and lower Colorado for a week at a time. It is big, heavy classic canoe. It has a shallow draft, and makes good speed. It is difficult to portage, and shallow at 12 inches. The liveliness of wood construction is apparent in rough water and has wonderful feel. For rivers it is best to remove the keel. The canoe is best when not overloaded, say less than 650 pounds. It has a low profile to the wind and tracks really well on open water. It hauls less than its size would suggest, but I love the boat and it would be hard to ever sell. New canvas and some new ribs and gunnels one of these days.

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