The Dory Shop

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada | (902) 640-3005 | info@doryshop.com

Are you ready to get out on the water this summer?

Jul 03, 2014

While we generally build-to-order, we do have a few rowing dories, a Nutshell pram and one of our popular Cross Island skiffs in stock and ready-to-go!

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Dory race eliminations this weekend!

Jun 12, 2014

Join us on the Lunenburg waterfront June 14 to cheer on teams seeking to compete for Canada at the International Dory Races in Gloucester, MA

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Come see the new race dories, support CDRA!

Jun 04, 2014

We're celebrating Lunenburg's 261st birthday on June 7th with an Open House and barbecue in support of the Canadian Dory Racing Association

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“Such an unassuming little shop, but very special…like you can feel the history of the place.”

About Us

We build dories. Day in, day out, one after the other. In fact, we have been building the iconic Grand Banks dory and other traditional wooden watercraft for close to a century. Although we’ve added a few power tools, we’re proud to say our boats are still hand-built using tried-and-true construction methods, along with quality materials like solid oak transoms, pine and cedar planking, and our signature grown hackmatack frames, all held together with quality copper fastenings. We like it this way. It works and it will continue to work as long as the sea is salty and the ocean has waves.

That doesn’t mean nothing ever changes here. These days, in addition to dories for rowing and sailing, power skiffs and runabouts, we’re also building big powerful schooners, perfect for coastal cruising or blue water adventures across the world’s oceans. Like our dories, they are traditionally-built; in this case, from a designer’s half model instead of the decades-old jigs and patterns from which we build our smaller boats, their edges worn smooth from the touch of so many craftsmen’s hands.

Our boats are strong, durable, seaworthy, and beautiful in their simplicity. But the place we work is special too. The Dory Shop is located on the harbour shore of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, a port renowned for shipbuilding and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We welcome you to drop by – the locals all do! – or better yet, to join us for one of our two-week dory building classes. For those unable to visit, we are happy to work with you to build the boat of your dreams and can assist you with all the shipping details.


Contact Us

The Dory Shop
PO Box 1076
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
B0J 2C0

Ph: (902) 640-3005
fax: (902) 634-9985

email: info@doryshop.com