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First, you will need an idea! It should be something relevant to your organization with a purpose. This could be where you see a need for a particular type of event, such as a fundraiser, general awareness, meeting or conference, personal event (such as an anniversary, birthday, or wedding), etc.

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What will the objective be? For a wedding, it’s fairly simple: for a couple to be married, involving a ceremony and reception that flow smoothly for their guests. For something like a meeting, the objective gets a little trickier; why are you holding this meeting, and what do you want the attendees to take away from this event? Read the rest of this entry »

With exactly one week left until Christmas (eek!), we’re down to crunch time for those last-minute gifts. As we’ve mentioned before, you don’t need to look any further than the Canoe Museum Store for unique items for everyone on your list. There is only one more “Extended Holiday Shopping Hours” evening left, which is this Friday December 21st  from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. No need to battle crowds in the malls, get optimal parking outside our front door, and come in to buy for everyone on your list!


As Christmas is a time for rest and relaxation, the Museum will be closed for its’ rest and relaxation for a few days over the holidays. On December 24th, the Museum will be closed at 2:00 pm, so that everyone has a chance to go home and prepare for Santa! From December 25th to December 26th, the Museum will be closed to allow everyone a chance to relax by the fire with family and friends. The Museum will be open again from December 27th to December 31st, so that you can have something to do with the in-laws who just don’t seem to leave. For January 1st and 2nd, the Museum will be closed for everyone to adjust to the New Year. From January 3rd onward, the Museum will be back on regular scheduling, so that you can come in at your leisure to use those Canoe Museum gift cards that you received for Christmas.

To recap: The Museum will be closed on December 25th and 26th, as well as January 1st and 2nd. Hopefully, you’ll be able to come in for a visit between these dates; the soothing atmosphere of being surrounded by canoes and kayaks will be sure to alleviate your hectic holiday stresses!

With So Many Venues to Choose From, Why Should You Host Your Event at the Canoe Museum?

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There was excitement buzzing through the Museum on Tuesday as everyone eagerly awaited a Canadian celebrity. While guests munched on snacks and wine, snippets of conversation could be heard; “I just loved “Three Day Road!”, “I can’t believe he’s come to Peterborough, how exciting!”

Joseph Boyden, an acclaimed novelist, has written award-winning novels that include “Three Day Road” and “Through Black Spruce.”

With a drum roll in the back of everyone’s head, Joseph Boyden was introduced to an eruption of applause. Coming to the Museum to talk about how to help rural and urban Aboriginal youth in Northern Ontario and elsewhere, he talked of his heart-wrenching personal stories.

A hush went over the crowd as Joseph gave a literary voice to the troubles that Aboriginal youth face. Joseph’s talk was broken into three separate “acts,” in which he revealed three difficult tales of growing up. He expanded on the idea of youth rediscovering their land and their ties to it, to ultimately make that healing connection again. Joseph warned us that the topics would be dark and depressing, but are issues that need to be discussed in order to begin reconciling the problems.

The talk concluded with a question and answer period, where Joseph publicly addressed any questions we had about his talk, his books, etc. A book signing followed, where there was a steady stream of people eagerly waiting to have their well-read copies autographed.

Fortunately, for those who were able to make it to Joseph’s talk, he leaked a little information about his upcoming book! However, “what happens in the Canoe Museum, stays in the Canoe Museum.” Stay tuned in the upcoming months to hear more about his book via his website at

Over the weekend of August 17th to 19th, The Canadian Canoe Museum became connoisseurs and critics of art at the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival. This year, the Festival’s theme was “Canadian Journeys.” Fittingly, The Canadian Canoe Museum was asked to be their beneficiary. We had a beautiful booth set up, complete with General Manager, John Summer’s orange sailing canoe named “Clementine”! With more than 80 artists displayed, the Festival drew in a large crowd of art-enthusiasts.


At our main booth, we sold merchandise and informed passers-by about the Museum. Our great front line volunteers, Gloria, Sue, and Nan, were great representatives, and managed to sell quite a bit of merchandise! To interact even more with visitors, we had artisans working away on their sewing; Ipie and our summer student, Linda, engaged visitors by linking their tangible sewing creations to the history of voyageurs.

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There is a buzz drifting through the Canoe Museum office; an exciting secret has been kept! On September 25th, 2012, the Museum will welcome a very special guest through its’ doors. Before I give it away, let’s see if you can guess who it is!

1. This man plays a very important role in Canadian Literature, winning eight prestigious awards for his works.

2. Acclaim’s for this man’s works include:

“The extraordinary richness of [this man]’s prose and his material, both in the forgotten history he’s recovered and his electric metaphors, make Three Day Road one of the finest novels in an already rich national tradition.”


“Powerful and powerfully told…Much of this novel reflects its crisp, poetic title…It’s an experience beautifully rendered in the raw poetry of [this man]’s prose.”

—The Washington Post

“It’s gripping, wrenching, eye-opening, illuminating, stirring, moral (not moralistic) fiction, rooted in closely observed fact … [This man], like Homer in The Iliad, is precise and unflinching in his descriptions of the ways in which soldiers fall in battle … Three Day Road is a remarkable achievement, and a breathtaking debut.”

—The Globe and Mail

Any guesses?

3. Two of this man’s famous novels include Three Day Road and Through Black Spruce.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, it’s Joseph Boyden!

Please stay tuned for more information and ticket prices.

I hope you’re getting as excited as we are! Don’t let this opportunity pass you by, please join us on September 25th, 2012 to meet this remarkable author.

To get yourself prepared for this great event, please follow the link to read an excerpt from Boyden’s novel Through Black Spruce.

After much anticipation, National Canoe Day is here! Though today is officially “NCD,” we held our Peterborough festivities this past weekend on June 23rd. Our celebratory day was greeted with sunshine and blue skies; an added touch that lasted all day long. We truly could not have asked for a better day to enjoy a day on the water.


This year’s “NCD” saw many changes, all of which proved quite successful! New to The Canadian Canoe Museum‘s National Canoe Day, we partnered with the Trent Severn Antique and Classic Boat Association. Sprinkled throughout the backyard of the Silver Bean Cafe were 20 canoes and 45 antique boats on display, presented by the Association. Partnering with the Association allowed for double the foot traffic!


Wishing to centralize ourselves to the Downtown region, Millennium Park proved to be an ideal location for our canoeing escapades; a dock, deckhands, and dozens of trips around the Lake!


With people coming from as far as Germany, everyone enjoyed the day; proud canoeists displayed their talents, and encouraged more paddle-enthusiasts to join them!


Though neither vessel was a “courting canoe,” nor was there a phonograph to serenade its’ occupants, there was still affection in the air. Zoe (the Bernice Mountain Dog), and Cookie (the Golden Retriever) found time for some kisses before parting ways.


Today (Tuesday, June 26), the Museum is open from 10:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with free admission all day. Bring your family and friends to celebrate the canoe – a large part of Canadian history!

To those who came out on Saturday, we hope you had a “canoe-load” of fun; to those who weren’t able to come out, we hope you’ll be able to make it to the Museum today for a complimentary self-guided tour!