I just came back from the local lake. I broke 1/2 inch of ice at the dock and then 100 yards of ice to get to open water. I have found no information on canoes as ice breakers. I'd have felt better in aluminum but what I have is a Trailcraft and that means stringers and canvas as in a kayak. Obviously, it never broke through the canvas or I'd be too cold to write now. Still, what is the experience with canoes in ice?