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The Museum is opening its doors to the public this Sunday, January 13th and offering FREE admission! Yes Free!  We are open from 12pm to 5pm and we are featuring our annual show of models and miniatures.  Our friends, the Peterborough Model Railroaders and the Lindsay & District Model Railroaders will be filling the Education Room with cool model trains for the kids and the young at heart!  The Maple Leaf Telegraph club will be here as well as Steve Guthrie and his military models. There will be kids’ crafts, a snack bar, live artisan demonstrations including paddle making, kayak building and birch bark canoe repair.  The Museum Store will be open and sales are to be expected (25% off selected apparel and 40% off select giftware and jewelry)!  It is going to be a fabulous day and one that you won’t want to miss.  See you Sunday. For more information check out www.canoemuseum.ca or call 705-748-9153.

 

 
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About a year ago now, on the 2nd floor of the Museum, a unused corner of space was transformed into an interactive educational puppet theatre.  This puppet theatre is one of the many kid-inspired and family-friendly components that makes this Museum a museum that I want to bring my own kids to (and often do, like today for strike day camp)!

Cute and cuddly Folkmanis hand and finger puppets of Canadian creatures that dwell in our forests, fields, lakes, rivers and air, are the backbone of this space and provide kids and adults with their inspiration for the many shows that erupt from behind the puppet theatre’s wall.  But these creatures really needed a tapestry to fly, swim and live in…and so we turned to volunteer and artisan, Ipie Van der Veen for help.  And take a look at the magic she created–

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She has a long history of helping create props for the School programs at the Museum; from creating faux seal skin hides to cover our kayaks in the Kayak Building program to sewing costumes for our Trappers and Traders program.  When we asked her to create a backdrop for the puppets in the puppet theatre she jumped on the opportunity!

A little background on Ipie; she is the uber creative force here for all things fabric and before fabric she worked in the woodshop and helped build the Museum’s 36′ birch bark canot du maitre!  Her Hudson Bay Company blanket mittens, gun cases and camp vests are on sale in the Museum Store and she co-teaches the HBC blanket coat workshop. To top this off, every Christmas she makes 100’s of HBC blanket coat tree ornaments.

You can find Ipie volunteering in the galleries at the Museum on Mondays and Thursdays

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I bet there are a lot of happy parents and grandparents out there this week with the return of school and the subsequent routines that go with it!! I am one of those parents who is sighing with relief.  I do love a summer filled with camping, cottages, and family just as much as the next gal, but it is tiring.  With the return of the routines, making space for family-time on the weekends is hard.  September is a busy month, for sure, but it also likely the nicest month for canoeing in Ontario and hence is a great way to get some family-time in!  Here are some ideas to create a few more memorable canoe-related adventures for the family before the first frost.

1. Figure out which weekend works best (quickly before things get scheduled) and head into your nearby park for an easy (don’t work too hard) base camp canoe trip.  It is really nice to stay in one place for both nights so you can have a slow morning, sipping a nice cuppa, wearing your wackiest toques! Algonquin or Kawartha Highlands is our go-to place for fall trips as they are close and beautiful and pretty quiet too.

2. Encourage the kids’ teachers to bring them to the Museum for likely the most interesting and fun (and educational but don’t tell the kids) field trip going!  Be sure to offer your services as the volunteer for the trip so that you too can learn a few new things.  If you need to arm yourself with more information about our school programs check out this School programs link.

3. Come by the Museum for a day of fun that is unlike    anything else you can do in Peterborough.  The kids will love it (and I can say that honestly as my kids LOVE the place) and you will be happy to not be the ‘entertainers’ for a few hours:)  I could go into all of the neat hands-on stuff there is to do but it is becoming a long list so just trust me! Be sure to pack a picnic and eat in our Education Room.

4. Adults, want to hone your own canoeing skills?  Want to learn how to solo your canoe? Want to build on your certifications or start the process of getting certified? Wouldn’t it be cool to do that with the Canoe Museum? We can do that for you.  Email me, carolyn.hyslop@canoemuseum.ca to find out more.  We can do private lessons and we provide all of the equipment too.

5. Not sure about a canoeing course, that’s okay.  Why not try one of the cool artisan offerings this fall?  Finger weaving, paddle carving, moccasin-making…oh my!!

6. Okay here’s a good one!  First you have to become a Canadian Canoe Museum Member (easy to do and really really reasonable with all kinds of fantastic perks).  Then you can sign up for a Members’ event on Saturday September 22nd.  On the 22nd you will get a private tour of our Collection storage area (incredible boats) and then you can hear all about canoe travel in Wabakimi Provincial Park in northwestern Ontario–Ontario’s second largest provincial park and world’s largest protected wilderness canoeing area.  This will kick-start the dreaming/planning for next summer’s big trip.  Cool no?

7. Enjoy the changing season!


For some March is about shamrocks, spring, or an escape to sand and sun. Even though I like green beer as much as the next person (?), here in the Education Department this month is all about CanoeKids March Break Camp.  In a good way. In a fantastic way, actually. We were sold out and into a waitlist situation as of two weeks before camp… which is like a choir of birdies in my ear singing that we should offer even more camp options next year – stay tuned.  But this year, we had a wonderful group of kids from the Tuesday to Thursday of March Break, led by the inimitable Jen Burnard, Kelly Pineault and Holly Poell.  Huge thanks go out to our dedicated volunteers:  Owen, Margaret, Lynzii, Stephanie, Jordan, Cara, Cole – you were indispensable. It’s only because of you that we could (for example) put so many 7-year-olds and hammers in the same room! Read the rest of this entry »