If you happened by the Canoe Museum on Saturday you know what I’m talking about! The Museum was humming with energy and excitement as visitors, vendors, boat enthusiasts and Museum supporters took part in the day’s activities.

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Aerial view of the parking lot.

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Enjoying the sites.

The weather did its best to cooperate, and the rain managed to hold off for most of the morning. Demonstrations by Lee Valley Tools, ORCKA, the Carlisle Canoe Company, Michael Fortune, the Fort Severn Project and Canoe Museum artisans kept visitors entertained throughout the day.

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The Lee Valley Boys had a steady stream of visitors.

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Carlisle Canoes demonstrating canoe canvassing.

Kids took part in soapstone carving and the Museum’s latest interactive activity: Wearable Canoes. Thanks to Starbucks and volunteers at Café Canoe our visitors and vendors were kept well caffeinated and fed throughout the day.

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Having fun with wearable canoes.

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Canoes away!

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Many thanks to Sue and Bernice, wonderful Museum volunteers, who ran “Cafe Canoe” all morning.

Fans of NBC’s Parks and Recreation came out in record numbers to attend a Wine and Cheese Q&A hosted by Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson). Off-camera Nick is a boat builder, wood worker, canoeist and proprietor of the Offerman Woodshop. Nick’s long-time friendship with Ted Moores and Joan Barrett of Bear Mountain Boats (for whom he completed an instructional video with friend and artist Jimmy DiResta) first introduced him to the world of canoe building and The Canadian Canoe Museum.

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Nick Offerman

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Nick entertains.

In the evening Nick was the featured speaker at a packed dinner honouring 40 years of Bear Mountain Boats and Ted Moores (congratulations Ted!) What a fantastic event.

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Ted speaks to guest attending the 40th Anniversary Dinner.

It is thanks to the hard work of many volunteers, staff, supporters and vendors that the day was such a success. However, a big congratulations and thank you must be extended to the event’s intrepid organizers: Carolyn Hyslop, Public Programs Coordinator at the Canoe Museum, and Joan Barrett of Bear Mountain Boats. What a day, we can’t wait for National Canoe Day next year!

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