I too am enjoy all forms of paddling. There is something so peaceful and therapeutic about being on the water and connected with nature.
When I was a teen, I was in army cadets and during the summer I did two watermanship courses where we trained and then ultimately went on a week long canoe trips. I loved the experience so much that I enjoy canoe camping with friends annually. Perhaps, this may be an experience you could offer as part of your business model down the road. You could provide the training and also potentially facilitate these experiences through guiding or renting out equipment.
I also really liked your idea to potentially partner with Artur and his woodworking business. I mentioned to him that there is likely funding or grants available through VAC that could help provide you with equipment and materials.