The Malfait family on the first weekend of business in May of 1997. Our son Ryan (left) is now a junior in college and Jessica (right) will be heading to college this fall. Time flies!

The Malfait family on the first weekend of business in May of 1997. Our son Ryan (left) is now a junior in college and Jessica (right) will be heading to college this fall. Time flies!

The Contoocook River Canoe Company, LLC is a family owned and operated business specializing in sales, rentals, instruction and guided tours of canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards since 1997.

When Patrick Malfait started Contoocook River Canoe Company, it was simply a small rental operation on the river bank of their property. He had proposed the idea to his wife Lisa who, to be honest, was a little bit skeptical about the idea. She gave the idea the green light. At the end of the first summer the company had rented a few dozen boats, but Patrick was still convinced this business could take off, so he asked again. "You're crazy," Lisa responded. "We only rented 40 boats."

Patrick ran the business the next summer and sure enough, they rented a couple hundred boats and the business continues to grow. 17 years later, Contoocook offers rentals, sales, lessons and guided trips for those interested in kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddling.

Come explore the Contoocook and Merrimack Rivers (and beyond)!