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The Peterborough Canoe Company of course!

By now I’m sure you’re aware that we have some surprising and unusual items in our collection, but did you know that The Canadian Canoe Museum is home to a collection of cross-country and down-hill skis?

Skis were an easy cross over product for local canoe companies in the early-mid 20th century.  Local builders like the Peterborough Canoe Company, and the Chestnut Canoe Company already had the equipment, suppliers and skilled workers required to steam, bend and manipulate wooden planks. Although many canoe companies were making winter products, the Museum’s ski collection is comprised mostly of Peterborough Canoe Company Skis constructed primarily of ash or hickory (considered superior for its flexibility and strength).

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Peterborough Canoe Company Skis from the Museum’s collection. The pair on the far right are made of hickory.

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Ski Boots C.1926

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