Why Greenland Paddles?

VIPaddles, a Greenland paddle maker, hand crafts wood Greenland paddles for kayakers. It was developed out of a love of kayaking and wish to maintain stamina on longer trips. Greenland  paddles require less effort per stroke to use, reducing physical stress on long paddles and allowing a kayaker to paddle for longer periods while exercising sensibly. VIPaddles Greenland paddles are popular because they are easy to brace and roll with and not affected as much as the "Euro paddle" by strong winds.  Carved from old growth Western Red Cedar, VIPaddles Greenland paddles are very light, again reducing stress on the body. An often overlooked advantage of a Greenland paddle is there is no need to check that you have the paddle oriented correctly - Greenland  paddles do not have a top or bottom or front or back  to the paddle face. They are symmetrical.

We try to have a small inventory of beautiful hand crafted VIPaddles in stock ranging in length from 185 cm (73"). to 230 cm. (90.5") and a storm paddle or two. If we don't have a paddle matching your needs we'll make you one usually taking a couple of weeks. We also make two piece Greenland Paddles with carbon fiber ferrules.

VIPaddles is an accomplished Greenland paddle maker that can hand-craft a cedar Greenland paddle to your specifications. All VIPaddles have a unique soft shoulder.

Randy Millar, Greenland Paddle Maker
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Benefits of Greenland Paddles

Can your paddle maker tell you where the tree came from that your paddle was made from? VIPaddles can, within 200 meters. We work closely with the faller/sawyer  who harvests the trees that VIPaddles are made from. Our boards are custom sawn (not 2x4s) in the bush on a small sawmill from select logs according to colour and grain direction, ie quarter sawn. Then they are stacked and dried naturally for several months before being carved into your beautiful VIPaddle.

Nanaimo, BC, Canada V9T6B9
Phone: (250) 667-3910


Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00AM to 5:00PM PST

Carole from Hawkesbury, ON, Canada said;

"Oh my God Randy, this is unbelievable.
I just got home and open your package and my jaw dropped to the floor. No way you'll ever get that one back. I am lost for words. No wonder you did not want to part with it."

I am taking the day off tomorrow to go and try it and will get back to you after."

Carole on the Ottawa River with her Laminated & tipped VIPaddle
VIPaddles in Norway
Yellow Cedar tips on a Western Red Cedar Two Piece paddle with Carbon Fiber ferrule