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The leaves are changing, the weather is becoming more and more brisk, and the days of summer are begin to feel far away. From the entire Canoe Museum family I hope that everyone had a lovely long weekend and perhaps got in that one last paddle of the season. Personally, fall is my favourite season and I love those last few paddles before the weather turns cold. Fall is certainly in full swing here at the Canoe Museum and we have plenty to offer the canoe enthusiast or anyone else who is beginning to miss those days of summer.

Fall colours in the Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park

Fall colours in the Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park

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Sitting at a small table at Starbucks, hoping a cappuccino will help illuminate the path, I wonder how in the world all of the stuff the Canoe Museum is working on is going to come together.  We are working on a full roster of fall adult artisan workshops, new education programs, new public events, new tour packages, fundraisers, a strategic planning retreat, a new exhibit for the spring, a fall appeal, the Beaver Club Gala and on top of it all, a project bigger than any of this–a partnership with Parks Canada and the full redevelopment and moving of the Museum to the water!  How do we do it?? Read the rest of this entry »

If you weren’t able to be at this year’s Small Craft Rendezvous don’t fret here are some images from the various builders’ booths!

Thanks to all the staff, volunteers, visitors and exhibitors that made this day a total success!

Randy Barry with Montreal Canoe

Randy and Barry with the birch bark Montreal canoe

Les Stroud on stage in the Canoe Museum

Les Stroud on stage in the Canoe Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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father with kids in a canoe

 

Why not celebrate that incredible dad in your life with a visit to The Canadian Canoe Museum?! It is hard to find the right gift for that special guy so we have come up with 3 ways to celebrate him:

 

 

1. FREE admission to The Canadian Canoe Museum for DAD on Father’s Day.

2. Members’ Pricing (10% off) on ALL Adult Artisan Workshops

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Summer camps? What?! I can’t believe the ice is just out now and that I just planted my peas and spinach last night.  Everything is so late this spring and as such so is my planning for the summer. This is the first year for me that one of my kids can register for the fabulous (and affordable) Paddling Camps that we offer at the Canoe Museum.  Check out the Paddling camp scene on the video below for a taste of what kids are going to be up to this coming summer (and yes, summer is coming)!  Register soon, space is limited and there are others out there who also haven’t planned their summer yet!

Courting Canoe

The opening of our new exhibition  “Can I Canoe You Up the River? – The Story of Paddling and Romance” has given our Museum’s Shop the opportunity to create our own unique merchandise. Designed to give our visitors a chance to take home a piece of their experience, you have many options. From miniature courting canoes to large canvas totes, our Shop has numerous items available.  Visit the Shop after you enjoy the exhibition (opening today – April 23) and find the perfect memento! tote bagbookmark_summer-canoe_largePoker Size (2)

 

 

 

 

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Greetings! My name is Noor Iqbal, and today (how time flies!) is my second-last day at the Canoe Museum! I have been working with Karen Taylor and Jen Burnard (the fabulous folks who bring the children’s education programming to you) for the past three weeks. As a student teacher from Queen’s University’s Outdoor and Experiential Education program, I couldn’t have wished for a better practicum placement! I will especially remember the obvious commitment and delight the staff, volunteers, and visitors have in learning new things.

Everyone I met—staff, animators, and volunteers—has been keenly interested and open to sharing their knowledge and learning from each other. I’ve learned a great deal by spending time with the people who make the Museum come to life. I have had valuable conversations with so many individuals: they’ve shared tidbits of historical information about fur trade artifacts, ruminated about cultural appropriation, demonstrated the process of making fire with flint and steel, highlighted considerations in program design, and described how to make artisan handcrafts. But the greatest thing I’ve experienced is the sense that this is a learning community. This museum is a place where everyone contributes their own strengths and supports each other.

Students prepare to create a web as Dave explains: You hold up the weight of everyone else, just as everyone else holds up your weight too.

Students prepare to create a web as Dave explains: You hold up the weight of everyone else, just as everyone else holds up your weight too.

TKS-web

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It’s springtime here in Peterborough, Ontario and although this may seem hard to believe right now with most of the ground still covered in large snowbanks – it’s here. Pretty soon we’ll be enjoying watching the flowers bloom, the relief of ditching the extra winter layers, and for many the joys of dipping our paddles again. Because the snow (hopefully) will be melted sooner rather than later, it’s a great time to start planning for your spring.

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Here are 5 cool things to do this spring:

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A gazillion times a day, this is how it goes:

“Education Coordinator, Karen Taylor speaking…”

“Yes, hello, I’m just wondering if I could bring my students (scouts, guides, youth group) for a tour.”

“No.”

Okay, I don’t really just say NO.  I do have some people skills.  But that is my answer in a nutshell, because I know that when we get your 28 grade 2s – or your 11 Guides or your 17 at-risk youth – into the Museum,  the worst move is to herd ’em up and lead the pack through our exhibits, even though there’s fascinating stuff to talk about and just about any one of us here could go on for hours about it all, passionately, adding the behind-the-scenes stories and more historical context to the wealth of information already in our displays.

Instead, when you call, I’m going to nudge you to toss that idea of a How-to-Visit-a-Museum out the window, and sign your kids up for an experience, for learning-by-doing, for one of our many education programs that aim to take kids to that the edge of their comfort zone where learning happens, and where learning lasts. “Experiential education” can take a lot of forms around here: role plays, a new hands-on skill, artistic expression, games,  but this is what it has looked like in the past couple of weeks. Doesn’t it look fun?! Read the rest of this entry »

Events! Don’t be left out of the fun, mark these items on your calendar today!

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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