A canoe is a small, light, open boat that tapers to a point at both ends.
A kayak is a small, narrow boat of Eskimo design with a watertight deck with one or more openings that enclose the occupants at the waist. Kayaks are sometimes considered to be a type of canoe.
- Kayaks have a covered deck; canoes do not.
- Canoes use a single-bladed paddle; kayaks use a double-bladed paddle.
- In a canoe, the paddler either sits on a seat or kneels. In a kayak, the paddler sits within the cockpit with his legs extended forward.
- Canoes are usually wider and flatter than kayaks.
- Kayaks are generally faster, while canoes tend to be more stable.
- Kayaks sit lower in the water than canoes.