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The Canadian Canoe Museum has more that 100 canoes and kayaks on display – from the great dugouts of the First Nations of the Pacific Northwest to Adam van Koeverden’s Olympic kayak – you are sure to find a favourite!  But did you know that we also have some re-purposed canoes?  Our visitors have a great time using their percussion skills on our Canoe Kettle Drum  or meditating in the “Sukkanoe” – read more about these great displays here.

Our latest re-purposed canoe was donated by Nova Craft Canoes and is an exquisite “Canoe Couch”.  Visitors, volunteers and staff have all taken a turn resting their weary bones on its leather cushions.Couch Canoe - Bev Bradbury


Through out history people have had some great ideas that are canoe related.  The canoe sidecar is very popular and was very prominent in our Canoes To Go exhibit. Below is a photo from the Birmingham Motorcycle Club from 1925 with their rendition.

canoesidecarBirmingham Motorcycle club1925Small Size - Fade Top Title Panel

The IE Weldon Secondary School’s canoe building class displayed a “canoe car” at the 2013 Small Craft Rendezvous that was a hit with all the visitors.

IE Weldon SS Canoe program


All you have to do is use your imagination and the canoe become an unique art form.   The Strathcona Park Lodge has this canoe planter on display while a home owner in northern BC had the same idea but the local wild life found another use for the canoe!


Strathcona Park Lodge canoe planterdeer in canoe CBC north by northwest's photo


But I think my favourite is the canoe pond – might be great at the entrance of our Museum!


Have you re-purposed a canoe?  We would love to see your creation!  Email pictures to or post on our Facebook page here.