Thursday, August 15, 2013

Visiting the Canadian Canoe Museum



















"The Canadian Canoe Museum is a unique national heritage centre that explores the canoe’s enduring significance to the peoples of Canada, through an exceptional collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft. We’re an engaging, family-friendly museum with more than 100 canoes and kayaks on display. Visitors will enjoy interactive, hands-on galleries, a scavenger hunt, model canoe building and puppet theatre for children. Through inclusive, memorable and engaging exhibits and programs we share the art, culture, heritage and spirit of paddled watercraft with our communities.

Founded on a collection of the late Professor Kirk Wipper, and established in Peterborough, Ontario, in 1997, the museum’s holdings now number more than 600 canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft. Together they span the country from coast to coast to coast and represent many of the major watercraft traditions of Canada.

The museum’s artifacts range from the great dugouts of the First Nations of the Pacific Northwest to the singular bark canoes of the Beothuk of Newfoundland; from the skin-on-frame kayaks of northern peoples from Baffin Island in the east to the Mackenzie River Delta in the northwest to the all-wood and canvas-covered craft manufactured by companies with names like Herald, Peterborough, Chestnut, Lakefield and Canadian. Over the years paddled watercraft from as far away as Paraguay and the Amazon have helped the Museum expand its reach and scope to include International examples."

We had an awesome visit to the Canadian Canoe Museum yesterday, so much to see and do. Reece enjoyed "fishing", building canoe puzzles, playing with mini canoes and making paper canoes. As a family we had a blast with the scavenger hunt and visiting all the exhibits. I personally loved the nature poem table; a table filled with magnetic words and magnetic boards to create poems on. I could have sat there all day with those words.  

Next up....taking my little man in his first canoe on the waters of Lake Ontario. Can't wait!

10 comments:

  1. This is my kind of museum. it reminds me of the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum in Cody Wyoming. Amazing history museum. thanks for sharing with us Kim!

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    1. It was pretty awesome KC. And if you ever do come and visit us in person we will be sure to put this on our list of must sees :)

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  2. What an adventure- I bet Reece soaked it all in. What ag reat place to learn and explore- very inspiring Kim.

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  3. looks like a fun place to spend some time!

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  4. What a lovely place! I didn't even know it existed. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It is great, your kiddos would love it Carrie :)

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  5. That looks amazing!
    It reminds of of the Maritime Museum in Halifax but with much more hands on things for kiddos to do! Love that!
    Thanks for sharing this. I was sad to sale our canoe when we moved!
    Hope he enjoys his first paddle!

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    1. It was pretty awesome Dawn. You and your kiddos would love it!

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