I have both and my kayak is much easier to enter and exit than my canoe. My kayak is also more stable, I can stand on it or whatever. The seat is about the same height as a canoe seat. Sounds like you had a “sit in” instead of a “sit on top”. You don’t get down into a sit on top, you get on it and sit high and comfy. Or at least with a good one, the ones from the cheap chain stores don’t count.I'm an old man. Getting down into and especially out of a kayak requires major effort on my part. I bought the kayak a couple of years ago. I have had canoes all my life. I prefer my canoes. If you don't have weak knees, creaky joints, or arthritis then a kayak should be fine.