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March Break Programs 

girl paddle carvingAfter last year’s heavily wait-listed March Break program, we’re dramatically expanding our workshop options for kids and youth at the Museum this year, all with our renowned commitment to engaging, creative, hands-on experiences for kids. https://www.canoemuseum.ca/node/557

If you are not interested in registering for a kids’ workshop, why not just consider a visit to the Museum for a day trip?  There’s something for everyone in your group, from toddlers to seniors including a new scavenger hunt that will keep everyone engaged and laughing!

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Jack found this well constructed block Museum at work last weekend, and it continued my theme for the fun activities at the museum from my last post, so I had to share!

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This and many other family friendly activities will be happening this coming Monday, February 17th. We will have many programs and event happening for Family Day, as well as reducing admission to $20 per family! Come join us for some fun on the holiday Monday and support the Museum’s public programs! Click here for more info on Family Day.

How can I write a blog this week and NOT mention the Winter Olympics?  You may be asking yourself how could the Canoe Museum possibly relate to the Sochi Olympics?

Well, here is the official Canadian Olympic Team opening ceremony outfit (you can read more here):

HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY - Canadian Olympic Uniform

Stylish Canadian Olympic Team opening ceremony outfits designed by HBC

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Last month Leia showcased the creative side of our guests. We have found many a creation throughout the Museum…but they hardly ever extend passed the front doors.

Well that changed a few Saturday morning’s ago after one of January’s nasty snowstorms….

Let’s start from the beginning shall we!

Our Education Department provides amazing opportunities for kids to interact with the galleries and even, wait for it, sleepover! Every time I help with an Overnight I wish I could have slept underneath a Montreal Canoe or in a wigwam when I was seven!

Imagine you and friends sleeping toe to toe ...listening to the waterfall as you finally giggle yourself to sleep!  So very jealous!

Imagine you and friends sleeping toe to toe …listening to the waterfall as you finally giggle yourself to sleep! So very jealous!

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Like the rest of this community also involved with The Canadian Canoe Museum, I share a peculiar affection for the little human-powered boats that are so celebrated in our country’s heritage. It is certainly my privilege as the Museum’s Curator to spend quite a bit of time with its collection of over 600 of these little boats.

Canadian Canoe Museum onsite Collections Storage Facility (CCM photo)

Canadian Canoe Museum onsite Collections Storage Facility (CCM photo)

If pressed, I do not have a favourite canoe– at least today’s choice would not be the same as yesterday’s favourite. I will however make a small confession: I’ve long had a soft spot for one unusual branch in the canoe’s family tree and it usually has an outboard motor hanging off the end.  Now I’m not really a motorboat person, not at all, but there’s something about the shape and workboat finish of the great freighter canoes found across the Canadian north that gives me a thrill. Read the rest of this entry »

The Canoe Museum was buzzing with excitement last night as over 100 people piled in to the Education Room for a very special evening! Our very own Executive Director, James Raffan, teamed up with CBC personality and Jack Matthews Fellow Shelagh Rogers for an intimate evening of conversation and film. The talk featured three of Shelagh’s favourite things: writers, writing and the North. The conversation led in to a screening of her recent documentary Northwords, which features her experience of travelling to Torngat Mountain National Park in northern Labrador with five Canadian writers (one of them being Canoe Museum Ambassador, Joseph Boyden!). The film reflects the adventures of their travels, as well as their quest for inspiration to create new works and add to the ongoing stories of the north. Read the rest of this entry »

Let’s free-associate about March Break: palm trees, beaches, coral reefs, rolling waves, Mojitos…

Wait, let me rephrase that:

Let’s free-associate about March Break at The Canadian Canoe Museum: paddle-carving, wanigans, scavenger hunts, soapstone carving, music, hammers, spoke shaves, shave horses…

Now, THAT’S more like it. And no need to slog through airport security.

After last year’s heavily wait-listed March Break program, we’re dramatically expanding our workshop options for kids and youth at the Museum this year, all with our renowned commitment to engaging, creative, hands-on experiences for kids.

And registration starts today, right here.

Our schedule’s on our website, but here’s the full scoop:

 

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neckie4The holiday season is over unfortunately the cold weather is still here!  Our latest product – The Neckie – is the perfect item to  use for neck warmth as well as protection from sun, wind and snow. You can wear them as head gear, a hat or a headband. It is small enough to keep in your pocket or purse for a sudden change in the weather. Read the rest of this entry »

The change from summer student to staff member has meant taking on different responsibilities and spending a little less time in the galleries with the guests than I used to. The change is a welcome one, and I enjoy my place in the Museum. It is a perfect fit for me as a student and I love that I have been able to continue working with the staff and volunteers at such a fantastic place. While I may not be walking through the galleries and watching families play, I do get to see the results of it quite often. Keeping the cut out canoes stocked up and the fish in the pond can be difficult to stay on top of, and the magnetic canoe blocks seem to magically attach themselves at an unbelievable rate! This gem has to be one of my favourites though:

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Everyone who visits the Canadian Canoe Museum has their own favourite canoe, display or absolutely everything left them speechless and unable to choose just one. The Museum is full of hidden gems or as I like to call them nooks and crannies

A view from the top of the staircase...not one picture can capture the entire museum.

A view from the top of the staircase…not one picture can capture the entire museum.

I had the great opportunity to spend many a morning and afternoon exploring the galleries during my time here at the Museum. I have to say there isn’t much that doesn’t perk my interest, but there is one spot in particular that holds many a fond memory. Read the rest of this entry »