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The Canoe Museum was buzzing with excitement last night as over 100 people piled in to the Education Room for a very special evening! Our very own Executive Director, James Raffan, teamed up with CBC personality and Jack Matthews Fellow Shelagh Rogers for an intimate evening of conversation and film. The talk featured three of Shelagh’s favourite things: writers, writing and the North. The conversation led in to a screening of her recent documentary Northwords, which features her experience of travelling to Torngat Mountain National Park in northern Labrador with five Canadian writers (one of them being Canoe Museum Ambassador, Joseph Boyden!). The film reflects the adventures of their travels, as well as their quest for inspiration to create new works and add to the ongoing stories of the north. Read the rest of this entry »

Over the past 6 weeks the Canoe Museum’s multi-purpose event space has been getting quite the workout! We love opening our doors for public events and private rentals, and there has been such a diverse range of uses for our Education Room recently. Of course, our beloved Ed Room accommodates the thousands of children and youth who come to the Museum on school and class trips throughout the year. The room also plays double-duty as our main event space for so many different types of occasions:

The Canoe Museum has recently played host to 2 weddings, 2 surprise parties and an anniversary party.

IMG_7627            Joseph Boyden CCM 25 Sept 2013-4            IMG_7647

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Summer is drawing to a close and that can mean only one thing…Back to School! Whether you are a parent, student or teacher this time of year probably has special significance for you.

Here at the Museum back to school means that our exciting hands-on school programs are back up and running full force. There’s nothing we like better than a museum full of kids exploring and making lots of noise in our galleries. If you have never taken part in one of our school programs before you can check out our wide array of offerings here.  For those of you who have taken part in our school programs in the past you will be excited to learn that we have officially added two new programs to our roster this year: Full Size Paddle Carving for youth ages 15-18, and Canoes Count, a fun and interactive program for JK/SK classes.

June Paddle Carving

June Paddle Carving

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There was excitement buzzing through the Museum on Tuesday as everyone eagerly awaited a Canadian celebrity. While guests munched on snacks and wine, snippets of conversation could be heard; “I just loved “Three Day Road!”, “I can’t believe he’s come to Peterborough, how exciting!”

Joseph Boyden, an acclaimed novelist, has written award-winning novels that include “Three Day Road” and “Through Black Spruce.”

With a drum roll in the back of everyone’s head, Joseph Boyden was introduced to an eruption of applause. Coming to the Museum to talk about how to help rural and urban Aboriginal youth in Northern Ontario and elsewhere, he talked of his heart-wrenching personal stories.

A hush went over the crowd as Joseph gave a literary voice to the troubles that Aboriginal youth face. Joseph’s talk was broken into three separate “acts,” in which he revealed three difficult tales of growing up. He expanded on the idea of youth rediscovering their land and their ties to it, to ultimately make that healing connection again. Joseph warned us that the topics would be dark and depressing, but are issues that need to be discussed in order to begin reconciling the problems.

The talk concluded with a question and answer period, where Joseph publicly addressed any questions we had about his talk, his books, etc. A book signing followed, where there was a steady stream of people eagerly waiting to have their well-read copies autographed.

Fortunately, for those who were able to make it to Joseph’s talk, he leaked a little information about his upcoming book! However, “what happens in the Canoe Museum, stays in the Canoe Museum.” Stay tuned in the upcoming months to hear more about his book via his website at

We are providing a welcoming atmosphere where our products are displayed in an organized and visually appealing way; there is an abundance of merchandise for you our visitors such as:

  • Artisan Crafts Created Onsite at the Museum
  • Children’s Toys, Games and Kits
  • Kayak & Canoe Craft
  • Jewelry and Accessories
  • Books, Maps, CD’s and DVD’s
  • Prints and Posters
  • Canadian Canoe Museum Apparel
  • Vintage Canoe Company Clothing and Publications
  • Items From Local Artists and Suppliers

Remember to come in and get your items for our upcoming events such as Beaver Club Gala, and the book signing of Joseph Boyden.

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