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stacey copyHi there! My name is Stacey Reynolds and I am thrilled to introduce myself to all of you as the new Volunteer and Events Coordinator here at the Museum. I thought I would take this opportunity to highlight a little bit about what I do and how I can help you with all of your event, room rental and volunteer needs.

I’m your go-to gal if you are looking to host your next meeting, conference, or private function here at the Canoe Museum. With unlimited access to our fully equipped kitchen and large rental space, the Museum is a unique venue for all sorts of gatherings, big and small. We even offer wedding packages and play host to large parties for Jack n’ Jills, anniversaries, engagements and birthdays.

One of my favourite aspects of my new role is interacting with all of the amazing Museum volunteers. These folks are dedicated and talented individuals who bring so much to the table. From the customer service volunteers at reception and in the gift shop, to event volunteers and the crews in the wood and metal shops, we’re lucky to attract an eclectic mix of volunteers that add to the vibrancy and culture of the Canoe Museum.

If you would like to become part of the terrific volunteer team, or if you have inquires about room rentals and events, please email me at or give me a call at 705.748.9153 x210. I would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have. Thank you for welcoming me wholeheartedly to The Canadian Canoe Museum; I am excited to be here!

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 »


Sunday, March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day and Peterborough residents love this celebration. The annual parade attracts over 10,000 spectators and the local pubs prepare for a day of Irish cheer! I was curious if there were any “green” paddling events as part of the festivities and although I couldn’t find anything local – probably because of our Peterborough weather – I did find a few events in warmer climates.  The most interesting celebration I found was in Chicago – the river is actually dyed green!  This tradition has been going on for over 40 years – what a novel way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

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Perhaps the Canoe Museum can start this tradition in Peterborough once we move to the water!  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!


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On July 1st, 1997, The Canadian Canoe Museum opened its doors at 910 Monaghan Road in Peterborough, Ontario in the former head office of the Outboard Marine Corporation (Canada). Since then, hundreds of thousands of visitors young and old from across Canada and around the world have enjoyed the Museum’s unique portrait of Canada and its unparalleled collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft. While there’s no question that the site has been a great incubator for the Museum and has let us get on our feet, it’s not the best place for the long term. Why not?

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Come join us at the Museum on Monday February 18th from 10:00am-5:00pm. There are 3 new art instillations inspired by canoes with related interactive areas. Take home items have arrived in store to commemorate your visit!

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For more information on this day click the following link:

What do Varcroft & Bianco Wooden Creations, Bear Mountain Boats, Rapid Media, Camp Ponacka, FOCA (Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations), Camp Wanapitei, and Elmhirst’s Resort all have in common?

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Answer: they represent the first Corporate Members of The Canadian Canoe Museum. What could a Corporate Membership do for your business? What’s in it for you…


Did you know that 63% of Canadians say they prefer to conduct business with companies that support not-for-profits and worthy causes? With your Museum Corporate Membership, you demonstrate to your customers, employees, and friends that you support the preservation and celebration of the rich traditions of Canadian and paddling history, character, and spirit. Read the rest of this entry »

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If you visit our Museum’s Gift Store to shop for a Valentine’s Day gift for your beloved, you won’t find the typical holiday decorations consisting of red hearts, boxed chocolates and flowers. What you will find is a variety of gifts that will let your creative juices flow. Let’s look at one of our newest items – a miniature pack basket. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

One of our most popular Artisan Workshops is our ‘Woodland Pack Basket Workshop.’  Doesn’t this look neat:

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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!