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Like the rest of this community also involved with The Canadian Canoe Museum, I share a peculiar affection for the little human-powered boats that are so celebrated in our country’s heritage. It is certainly my privilege as the Museum’s Curator to spend quite a bit of time with its collection of over 600 of these little boats.

Canadian Canoe Museum onsite Collections Storage Facility (CCM photo)

Canadian Canoe Museum onsite Collections Storage Facility (CCM photo)

If pressed, I do not have a favourite canoe– at least today’s choice would not be the same as yesterday’s favourite. I will however make a small confession: I’ve long had a soft spot for one unusual branch in the canoe’s family tree and it usually has an outboard motor hanging off the end.  Now I’m not really a motorboat person, not at all, but there’s something about the shape and workboat finish of the great freighter canoes found across the Canadian north that gives me a thrill. Read the rest of this entry »

Gun Case Hanging Outside the Interactive 'Trapper's Shack' in the Museum

One of our wonderful volunteer Artisans, Ipie, who is incredibly talented is often working on projects that use vintage HBC blankets as the base fabric.  She’s usually making beautiful mittens or vests, but this winter Ipie has been working away on this magnificent embroidered gun case – and she’s just finished it!

Hand-sewn from a three and a half point, camel-coloured Hudson’s Bay Blanket Ipie has embroidered three intricate floral-pattern panels and incorporated them into this gun case.  You can see the points on the blanket fabric in between the largest and second-largest embroidered panels.

This hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind item is available for sale exclusively in our online store.

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Our itinerant Executive Director, James Raffan, is a man of distinct Canadiana fashion, and his collection would be the envy of any patriotic stylisto.  Check out his Hudson’s Bay Company hockey jersey , complete with a number that references the year that the Hudson’s Bay Company was founded.

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