Canoes come and many different price points, and the price depends on several factors such as the length of the canoe, the number of seats, the construction (fiberglass, metal, polyethylene, or inflatable), whether the canoe has a square back or not, weight capacity, the quality of construction, etc… When looking for an inexpensive canoe a good approach is first to consider what features you must have. Are 3 seats a must, or would a two seater be ok? Is ease of transport more important than paddline efficiency? If so, inflatable canoes are available and are convienient to transport, and are fairly inexpensive. While not easy to find, used canoes sometimes can be found locally and can be a great value as well. Finally, some choose to build their own canoe from scratch as a way to save money. However, this can take a lot of time, and can use up funds as well.
If you decide to buy a canoe, then when budgeting for your purchase, a good canoeing tip is to keep in mind some of the accessories which are also needed to enjoy a canoe. These include wood canoe paddles or those made of other material, and in some cases an aluminum canoe trailer or a canoe rack may be needed, as well as life vests and such.