2017 CX-9 roof rack/rails question

Hi,

Just purchased a 2017 CX-9 gs-l. The roof has black rubber/plastic moulding along each side where I am assuming the roof rails would go.
Does this moulding get removed to install roof rails? Is it neccesary to install roof rails and cross bars, or are there other roof fack options?
Mainly looking to carry a canoe...Thanks.
 
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2018 CX-9 GT
The moulding gets removed when the rails are installed.

Most roof rack bars connect to the rails. Yakima for example connects to the rails. Don’t know about Thule.

You can always use foam blocks directly on the roof if you won’t carry your canoe often.
 
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