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karen kain paddling-36#1647What do you have planned for the kids in your life this summer holiday? The Canoe Museum provides an exceptional quality day camp experience kids ages 10-14. Spending the day on the water in a canoe, swimming when its hot, making new friends and learning the art of canoeing!  What could be better? We have a few spaces available so check out the camps page for more information.

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.

My name is Danielle Brinkman and I am coming to the end of a month long adventure here at The Canadian Canoe Museum (CCM). Here is a little reflection on my time here so far, and what I have discovered about CCM in the past few weeks.

Before starting this education practicum placement for the Queens Outdoor and Experiential Education (OEE) program, the museum was just a place that I had heard of and wanted to visit. I had heard rumours of puppets, games and hand crafts, but I did not imagine the extent of the fantastic, dynamic and interactive programs and activities that I was about to become a part of!

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Family Day 2013 artist smallWe’ve recently written about several interactive art pieces we were excited to be installing in our galleries. In wonderfully different ways, each of the three artists had found inspiration in the canoe for their creation and these installations also served as inspiration for the range of programming on offer to over a hundred families that joined us at the museum yesterday for Family Day. Read the rest of this entry »

Perhaps it is because of their elegant silhouette or likely it is due to the strong and complex associations we have with them that canoes have unwittingly inspired many artistic efforts over the past century or so. Indeed, the elegant pictograph left on a rock face near Pictured Lake in northern Ontario and which was adopted by the Canadian Canoe Museum as its logo takes us back much farther than that.

Some months ago, we became aware of a local artist who had incorporated a full-sized canoe to serve as the frame for a monster of a kettledrum. For his prototype, artist David Hynes had sewn a number of hides together and laced them over the hull of a 16-foot Grumman to provide a whimsical but very engaging, interactive piece. To the eye, the organic shape of the stretched skin and the pattern of its lacing contrasted strikingly with the symmetrical (if slightly battered) form of the canoe’s hull. Did I mention that, with a 1200-litre soundbox, it also had a heck of a voice?

David was surprised by the crushing power of the skins (the lacings pulled the bottom of the aluminum hull upwards towards the drumhead, “hogging” the hull somewhat) and has recently brought to us the reinforced mark II version, or rather, “Conundrum II”.

The canoe has served as muse for other artists as well and we are very excited to gather and install several interactive art pieces within the sympathetic context of our museum’s galleries, to open on Family Day February 18th, 2013. Also featured in this show is an elegant and award-winning structure that blends the complex elements of a canoe’s framework with the religious guidelines for the sukkah (a temporary hut built and used during the Jewish Festival of Sukkot) and named by its creator “the Sukkanoe”. Another innovative piece to be included is named “Myth of the Steersman” and is an engaging multi-media installation inspired by the art and passions of Tom Thomson.

For more information, please watch for updates on this museum’s website.


What a super day Family Day was here at the Canoe Museum!  Glen Caradus of the Paddling Puppeteers took us on a canoe trip where we saw and heard  various wildlife creatures, he played us some music and entertained us with his dancing limberjacks!  Kids were loving storytime in the birch bark wigwam where Owen White, our Queen’s B.Ed O.E.E candidate discovered that the most popular book was “A Dog Came, Too: A True Story” by Ann  Blades in which a big brown dog follows Alexander Mackenzie’s voyage across Canada to the Pacific in 1793.

When kids were not immersed in story time or watching the puppet show they were busy making their own birch bark canoe or trying their hand at paddle carving or playing in the new puppet theatre.  It really was a super day and fun was had by all-big and small!  Thanks for coming out and thanks to our superb volunteers!