About us

At Pelican, we invite you to navigate the magnificent streams, rivers, and lakes around you, explore your territory, and contemplate the wild beauty of natureat home and around the world since 1968.

At Pelican, we are world leaders within the water and nautical sports industry. Renown for its exceptional quality, innovation, and expertise, Pelican has become the foremost global authority inthe conception and manufacturing of kayaks, canoes, pedal boats, stand up paddle boards (SUP), fishing boats, and watersport accessories. As an international driving force within the industry, we offer both paddle sports and everyday outdoor enthusiasts a diverse array of products.

For over 50 years, our team of pioneers and visionaries has propelled Pelican in terms of innovation. The first pedal boats, canoes, and kayaks were conceived by our avant-garde designers. This tradition has been carried forward as our designers work relentlessly to offer innovative products that are at the forefront of the newest technologies.

We hope to convey to our clientele our passion for nature, exploration, adventure, and the great outdoors by offering a broad range of products allowing every budget to enjoy watersports — a driving force behind Pelican! Safe boating remains our priority, this is why all our boats are conceived in such a way that you can enjoy the waters with peace of mind.

A Family History

Pelican is a family affair with heart and passion. In 1970, the forerunner Gérard Élie offered the first moulded plastic pedal boat developed through thermoforming. His invention marked the beginning of a grand adventure that continues today with the same craze for innovative technologies. In 1955, his sons Christian and Antoine Élie took up the torch and became owners of Pelican International Inc.

For 50 years this family-owned manufacturer, a Quebec jewel, has been designing and developing innovative outdoor products of superior quality and durability, accessible to all as a result of their diversity and price points. Pelican is a leader in the design and production of kayaks, canoes, pedal boats, stand up paddle boards, fishing boats, and watersport accessories. With a desire to encourage clients to enjoy the great outdoors no matter the season, Pelican has also created toboggans and sleds for wintersports enthusiasts.

Our business has changed significantly this past year thanks to the acquisition of Confluence. Pelican International Inc. announced the acquisition of all assets of Confluence Outdoor LLC, acorporation located in Greenville, South Carolina, on December 16, 2019. Confluence Outdoor boasts six leading brands, including Wilderness Systems™,Perception™, Dagger™, Mad River Canoe™, Harmony Gear™, and Boardworks™.

Pelican has over 870 employees who work acrossthree manufacturing sites in North America — this strategically located distribution system allows our clientele to easily procure kayaks, paddleboards, and boats anywhere they choose to enjoy the waters. Pelican constantly innovates to offer the best paddling sports products across all categories and price ranges. Above all, our passionate team seeks to positively impact the lives of outdoor enthusiasts by offering them safe pleasure crafts so they may relish the wild beauty of nature.

Driven by innovation

Our team boasts vast experience in developing innovative products. Over the years, multidisciplinary experts specializing in product management, design, engineering, and transformation process have joined our ranks. Thanks to this team, Pelican now enjoys a strong reputation, known for its unique products of superior quality and durability. Innovation is at the heart of our approach and gives us a strong competitive advantage. We have designed RAM-X™, an exclusive multilayer material, that produces a lightweight product with an unmatched stiffness, resistance to impacts, and breakage, with exceptional longevity and superior security. RAM-X™ has become the benchmark of quality within the industry. We are equally proud to be the first North American manufacturer of kayaks to use twinsheet thermoforming technology (TSF). The combination of patented Pelican materials with TSF technology creates an unrivaled product on the international market.

The Environment — At the Heart of Our Priorities

At Pelican, we possess a strong sense of social responsibility: respect for nature and the environment is thus at the heart of our priorities. Water sports enthusiasts grow increasingly concerned about climate change and renewable energies. As we share these same concerns, we are committed to doing everything in our power to implement fabrication processes that respect Mother Nature. Our products are made from recycled post-industrial plastic and we recycle 99% of plastic waste generated during their production. During colder months, specialized air conduits allow us to warm Pelican factories by recycling and redistributing the heat generated by our ovens during the fabrication process. All our innovations are developed and evolve year after year, with the respect of the environment at the forefront of these efforts.

We are equally proud to support a wide range of wildlife charities, conservation funds, and children’s and health charities across Canada and the United States. Pelican also supports the efforts of Circuit Bleu as the main partner and presenter, whose profits help children with cancer, and Moisson Montréal, which aids families in need. We also happily offer boating products and accessories to share the joy of watersports, in addition to financially supporting the efforts of employees involved in their communities in partnership with charitable organizations.