I have a love/hate relationship with the canoes. They're definitely a unique experience and add a lot to the atmosphere of the river. However I get really annoyed over the fact that people are so incapable of following a simple "stroke....stroke....stroke" rhythm, so all I get is splashed and my paddle constantly whacked by all these "rogue" paddles. Plus I feel bad that the CMs have to essentially do all the work to get the canoe all the way around the river.
That being said, I love watching them pass as I'm enjoying my lunch at Hungry Bear.