We started out on rivers in New Brunswick with this canoe, and liked it so much we brought it with us when we moved to Ontario. It does not track easily on lakes where we paddle now, but my husband has learned to handle it very well. He says the incredible durability of the royalex makes the inconvenience of low tracking worthwhile. Added to this, it floats nice and high in the water, so even when we have it loaded with camping gear for our family of 3 and our 50 lb gal on top in the middle, it rides high and is never a problem, nor do we get anywhere near the waterline. In rough water, when some water is splashing in, we didn't need to worry about swamping. Highly recommend this canoe if you have a chance to buy one!