A sit- on-top kayak and canoeing are actually a very similar experience. Our kayaks come in 10 foot lengths and many canoes are available in larger sizes. Because canoes and kayaks can vary significantly from kayak to kayak and canoe to canoe it can be challenging to make a fair comparison. The sit-on-top kayaks we sell are very stable. You can stand up on one to stretch out a little bit. You do need to watch your balance while standing in the kayak and even more so in a canoe. Most canoes are very lightweight and can be very touchy if you lean from one side to the other. The lifetime kayaks that we sell are generally more comfortable than canoes. This seating position in the kayak (assuming you have a backrest) is much more comfortable than a standard horizontal seat provided in most canoes.