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Doesn’t this look like a group of happy, healthy, content youth doing what so many youth don’t do when they are in grade 7 or grade 8?  These superstars are on Crab Lake in the newly created Kawartha Highlands Signature Site Park.  

The Canadian Canoe Museum was so fortunate to be able to take part in the Prince of Wales Public School’s Outers Club canoe trip back in June just before school finished for another year.  Thanks to some very generous donors, the Canoe Museum has been able to significantly increase our capacity to work with groups like POW Outers Club by allowing us to purchase necessary equipment for outfitting a group of youth with proper canoe tripping gear.  So in the end the Canoe Museum supplied with group with most of its  backpacks, tents, sleeping pads, kitchen equipment, tarps, canoes, paddles and PFDs.

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The Canoe Museum was also able to run the canoeing certification course for the students since we are Organizational Members with the Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association.

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The Canoe Museum’s CanoeKids camp programs are taking the gear out for another trip in a week and a half!  We are running our pilot of a new program called CanoeKids Tripping Camp.   This is an introducation to canoe tripping for youth ages 10-14 and it is running from Tuesday August 7th to Friday August 10th.  The campers will venture further into Kawartha Highlands and they will be going into my favourite lake, Serpentine.  These campers will work to get their ORCKA Canoe Tripping Level 1A certification, as well some may finish with their ORCKA Basic Canoeing Level 1 too!  Stay tuned for a Blog about that trip after the 10th!!

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The Canoe Museum’s latest public endeavour was in Toronto at Sunnyside Beach for the MEC Paddlefest Toronto.  Mountain Equipment Coop is a large Canadian outdoor gear retailer that hosts a number of urban paddling festivals across the country.  This past weekend was in Toronto.  The Canoe Museum has been participating at the Paddlefests for 2 years now and each year the show gets better and better.

This year, we premiered our new kids’ craft “paint your own Paddle to the Sea”!  We also brought along one of the original Paddle to the Sea models used in the filming of the Bill Mason and NFB film ‘Paddle to the Sea‘.

Come check us out at other shows!

On Saturday June 23rd, we will be at Millenium Park, Peterborough for our National Canoe Day celebrations.

On Sunday June 24th, we will be at Paddlefest Burlington

On Saturday July 7th, we will be at Paddlefest Quebec City

On Sunday July 8th, we will be at Paddlefest Montreal

Well, Ipie van der Veen has done it again! She has crafted another handsome puppet.  Ipie is our resident ‘worker of magic with fabric and thread’;  she is a long-time volunteer with the CCM and if you are around the museum on a Monday or Thursday afternoon, drop in to the Artisan’s Gallery and tell her how fantastic she is!

Now for introductions: Everyone, meet Jacques or Claude or Pierre (he is not sure what he wants to be called yet)!  He is an experienced voyageur with lots of stories to tell.  He is true worker and likes the hard life of being a voyageur.  He has seen many trails, rivers and lakes.  He’s wintered over many times and is so well versed at his craft that he can be found around the Museum instilling wisdom to some of the new recruits.

As you can see Jen Burnard (foreground) is quite smitten with Jacques and if you would like to meet this fine fellow (and Jen), you can find him over March Break in our new Puppet Theatre on the 2nd floor in the mornings.  Or if you are visiting with a school group, perhaps he will come along to share a story or two!

Welcome Jacques to the Canoe Museum’s community!


What a super day Family Day was here at the Canoe Museum!  Glen Caradus of the Paddling Puppeteers took us on a canoe trip where we saw and heard  various wildlife creatures, he played us some music and entertained us with his dancing limberjacks!  Kids were loving storytime in the birch bark wigwam where Owen White, our Queen’s B.Ed O.E.E candidate discovered that the most popular book was “A Dog Came, Too: A True Story” by Ann  Blades in which a big brown dog follows Alexander Mackenzie’s voyage across Canada to the Pacific in 1793.

When kids were not immersed in story time or watching the puppet show they were busy making their own birch bark canoe or trying their hand at paddle carving or playing in the new puppet theatre.  It really was a super day and fun was had by all-big and small!  Thanks for coming out and thanks to our superb volunteers!