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Attendees at the Saturday evening portion of the 2013 Wilderness Canoe Symposium in Toronto were treated to a presentation by Madam Zoom, aka Dr. Wendy Cecil, 13th Chancellor of Victoria University and much admired board member of The Canadian Canoe Museum.  Before transforming into character, Dr. Cecil explained that everyone has an alter-ego and that hers is a teacher who headed to the Klondike in the 1890s to take up her position as mistress of the school in Dawson City.  Mightily inspired by the chorus line at Diamond Tooth Gerties, and more inclined—or so it would seem—to boas rather than books, “Madam Zoom,” who comes alive on northern canoe trips, has lived on into the 21st Century.  She has some interesting and inspiring things to say about the value of canoe tripping, particularly for Canada’s youth. The following is a summary of her remarks presented to a packed auditorium in Monarch Park High School on Saturday, February 16th.

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Charlevoix: Digging It – Guest Blog Post

Do you dig the dugout canoe? If so, check out this great guest blog post. “Is there a better occasion for father-and-son bonding than fashioning a dugout canoe out of an old cottowood tree and paddling it down the might Mississippi River?  I don’t think so.” Click here to see more…

Regular readers will be familiar with our office mascot, the as-yet-unnamed Boar’s Head (we’re still taking name submissions here), but you’ve probably never seen him zip past you in a Model T Ford! Well, he may not exactly be zipping along, but here he is in the McLean/Matthews Gallery, perched behind the wheel with all the right accessories. He’s not a part of the new exhibit, but the Model T is – it’s a part of the ‘Canoes to Go: the Search for a Truly Portable Boat‘ exhibit, opening April 25, 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Volunteers have been an essential part of the museum since it was first dreamt of in Peterborough – from the Metal Shop to the Board of Directors, volunteers are an integral. Since this is National Volunteer Week, I’d like to take a moment to recognize and thank the many people – past and present – who’ve given so much to make the museum the strong, fabulous organization it is today.

Whether taking your admission or teaching paddle carving, demonstrating needlework or building display racks, volunteers inform every part of the museum experience.  Many of the non-artifact parts of our exhibits were fabricated by the team, and fabulous Beaver Club Gala is coordinated by a hard-working group who pull together donations, ticket sales, venue negotiations, menu, entertainment… the list goes on!

While many of our volunteers are canoeing enthusiasts, we have many who’ve barely set foot in a canoe. Read the rest of this entry »

Just a little information on some delicious additions to the  Canadian Canoe Museums gift store – Forbes Wild Foods. As I have personally tried almost every one of these unusual little gems, I am driven to whet your appetites with my opinions.

The first is “Cattail Hearts”  – who knew that when wrapped in a little ham that the slightly bland taste would come to life and become the perfect light appetizer for any meal. Read the rest of this entry »

Our itinerant Executive Director, James Raffan, is a man of distinct Canadiana fashion, and his collection would be the envy of any patriotic stylisto.  Check out his Hudson’s Bay Company hockey jersey , complete with a number that references the year that the Hudson’s Bay Company was founded.

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Do you have any Canadiana fashion you’d like to share? Post it in the comments – we may feature you in an upcoming post!

Caterers, crew, lights, cameras, and vintage cars descended on the museum this week as the cast and crew of the feature film ‘Foxfire’ began shooting in Peterborough.

According to the The Hollywood Reporter, “The $10 million Canada-French co-production portrays a group of humiliated 1950s high school girls in upper-state New York that form a secret society, Foxfire, to wage a campaign of retaliation and justice in a male-dominated culture. The follow-up to Cantet’s Oscar-nominated and 2008 Palme d’Or winner The Class started shooting in Sault Ste. Marie in northern Ontario and will continue location shooting round the province through September 17.”

During breaks and downtime, some of the crew have had the opportunity to check out the museum’s exhibits, and have delivered rave reviews; we can’t wait to see the film itself – we expect to be able to return the favour! It’s been a real pleasure to have them around the museum, and we hope to see more film crews utilizing this area!

You can read the peterborough Examine’s article about the week-long shoot in Peterborough here.

From vintage tin dollhouses to European castles made of cardstock to WWII models and of course, model trains, more than 1100 people marveled at the detail, charm, and intricacy of these beautiful miniatures at the museum’s Miniature Show and Open House on January 8th, 2012.

Families toured the museum, talked to the miniaturists, and tried sending a telegraph with the Maple Leaf Telegraph Club.

See the Peterborough Examiner article here, and check out a slideshow of images below!

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The theme for this year’s Peterborough Santa Claus Parade was “Christmas movies,” which presented us with a problem: most Christmas films don’t really feature canoes.  So we stretched it a little bit and decided that the definition could include shorts about New Year’s Eve.  Thus our Chasse-galerie float was born, based on the National Film Board short ‘The Legend of the Flying Canoe,” which you can watch here on the NFB website.

Here are a few photos from the museum’s entry in Peterborough’s 2011 Santa Claus Parade (please excuse any blurriness – our photographer was also in our float!).

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