Canadian Canoe Museum, Peterborough

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Canadian Canoe Museum, a museum dedicated to this unique watercraft, exhibits the cultural significance canoes hold among the Canadian people. Observe more than 100 canoes, kayaks, and paddle crafts ranging from old to modern from around the world. You'll hear traditional First Peoples stories and have the chance to try your hand at carving out your own birchwood canoe in the skills gallery. Kids can take part in a scavenger hunt while dressed in period costume, or sit down to watch a puppet show. Put Canadian Canoe Museum and other Peterborough attractions into our Peterborough visit planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Canada’s history is all about the canoe, from Inuit pre-history to modern day sport and leisure. If you look at a geographical map of the country (minus the roads) it’s covered with rivers and lakes t...  more »
  • My wife and I first visited the museum in 1999. We loved it. We eventually made it back in 2018. I recall after our first visit attempting to describe the museum to friends. It is difficult. You just ...  more »
  • I have enjoyed the tour myself and returned with visitors. There is always something new to see and observe. Gift shop great for souvenirs and sending gifts overseas that are truly Canadian.  more »
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  • Very interesting place to visit. The most powerful part of the exhibit for me was the link to the dugout and birch bark canoes, and Inu seal skin kayaks and the extensive and complex trade routes used by First Nations across North America traversed by these vessels. There was one information board that noted how freely First Nations shared this information with Europeans as part of alliance building, and ultimately the irony of this free sharing of information resulting in the devastating negative impact would have on their own communities. Also has a good number of hand on interactive displays for young ones.
  • Volunteer run, so the people that you interact with are passionate about the history of the area and the details behind everything available to see in the museum! There is a decent part on the history of Aboriginals in our area, but the museum really is about canoes, so don't expect too much more than a bunch of similar looking canoes. It's perfect for kids as there are a bunch of hands on activities, and they even have little events that they host like treasure hunts. Would recommend if you have kids, wouldn't recommend if you don't though.
  • A big and well organized museum with a lot of interpretive signs and friendly staff. You'll learn a lot about this iconic form of transport throughout Canadian history. A nice place to visit with the family and spend an afternoon, especially if the weather outside is bad.
  • Awesome, passionate staff. The exhibits are extremely interesting. The boat tour in the canoe along the Trent Severn Waterway they do through the lift lock is very cool. A must go in Peterborough!
  • The fact that this museum was only about canoes and nothing else made it a kind of boring and after a while you have the feeling of already having seen everything already. On the other hand it's an awesome service to get in for free on thursdays and the souvenir shop has many things to offer! I think I actually spent more time in there than in the museum itself.
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