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It was very early on the morning of September 26th 2013, when 26 intrepid explorers, (volunteers and staff), boarded a bus that was to take us on the road to our roots, to visit Camp Kandalore, where Kirk Wipper obtained and displayed his first canoe, the embryo of what eventually was birthed as The Canadian Canoe Museum. Read the rest of this entry »

Well, after two months of being away from the Museum, it was so nice to be back this past weekend and re-acquaint myself with all of the galleries and of course the wonderful volunteers.


Ahhh … The Canoe Museum

We had a pretty busy weekend, some visitors with very interesting stories to tell, some with tales of adventures in the wilderness and some just wishing that the Summer was only just beginning instead of coming to an end. Read the rest of this entry »

Kids love coming to The Canadian Canoe Museum, because there are so many ‘hands on’ exhibits for all ages. One great hands-on area is featured in the Canoes to Go exhibit where children can try their hand at fishing. When they have finally tired of fishing (this could actually take quite a long time)…

You can take a leisurely amble through the A Walk With Kirk exhibit and find yet another fun thing that will capture your attention. Sit down in front of the Trip Shed and use your imagination to build your idea of the perfect museum to house all of our wonderful watercraft and exhibits.

This is what you start with…

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Canoe go fishing? You bet you can. Where? At the Canadian Canoe Museum. Let me tell you a story…

A few years ago, one of our most talented artisans, Beth Stanley, spent many hours making some amazing replicas of fish from each of our Great Lakes. These poor fish hung in humility from their little magnets on a metal pole in our Education Office waiting for a long, long, time looking for a home they could call their own.


THEN.. the exhibit, Canoes To Go was born and they finally found their home in the calm and shallow waters of that very exhibit. Read the rest of this entry »

Some people of note that have dropped in for a visit on the weekends have been Chris Brown and Roger Smith of CTV Toronto News, CBC’s Shelagh Rogers, Toronto-based flutist, Jamie Thompson, and Tom Hull. And the very memorable couple where the gentleman proposed to his girlfriend on the stairs of the Museum and she said “YES”, which he then announced for all to see in our Museum guest book.

Toronto-based flutist, Jamie Thompson, visited the Museum a few years ago, asking if he would be allowed to situate himself in various odd corners of the Museum, including under the waterfall, to play his flute. This was whilst all of our sound effects were playing and visitors were milling. It was truly mesmerizing to hear the haunting sounds of the lonely flute permeating throughout the Museum. Visitors stopped in their tracks to soak in the ambiance whilst trying to discover the origin of the magical sounds. All of Jamie’s recordings are available at his website. This is an amazing travelogue of Jamie’s travels and his experiences playing the flute and listening to others make music.


Shelagh Rogers’ first visit to the Museum was extremely memorable for those of us who were there on that particular weekend. I happened to open early that day and there were no other visitors in the building. Read the rest of this entry »

Well, I feel compelled to inform many of you of something that I am sure that you are unaware of.  I am referring to the renowned and loved Jacques the Voyageur (labelled as adult collectible) currently on sale in the Museum’s Store, which is proof that technology was alive and well and living in the 1800’s.

To prove this fact I draw your attention to the talents, drawbacks, trials, demands and tribulations that will be needed to become a true voyageur, this appears on the left side of the opened cover.  This position requires bravery and willingness to undergo a grueling life with long periods away from kith and kin.

And….guess….where the final paragraph advises all you intrepid adventurers to apply for this position???  Behold it is a WEBSITE, yes a WEBSITE, so there you have it..Hi-Tec in the 1800’s.

I rest my case.