The Canadian Canoe Museum, Peterborough

The 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 Native American 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 The Canadian Canoe Museum and other Peterborough attractions into our Peterborough visit planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • We went over the summer. I took my daughter and she was impressed with what had been accomplished for such older cultures and tools. The first time I went was 20 years while going to MKC from Chicago ...  more »
  • I would thoroughly recommend the Canadian Canoe Museum, it is fantastic with so much history and heritage in one place. The strength of the exhibits is incredible with a great team running the place. ...  more »
  • I like canoes as much as the next guy...well, maybe not the volunteer at the door of the Canoe Museum. He REALLY likes canoes. But the group I was with wanted to go, so off we went. It is very well do...  more »
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  • The Canadian Canoe Museum is a gem that should not be hidden! I take my class there twice a year. Staff are always incredible and the programs and experiential learning opportunities blow away other programs I have taken on field trips. Go on the sleepover and carve a paddle! Paddle in a Voyageur canoe. Team build a kayak model. Every activity is great!
  • Great little museum focused on an important aspect of our Canadian heritage. Also has gender-neutral washrooms.
  • It was more entertaining than I originally thought it would be. Some fun things for the kids to do as well.
  • This museum is the perfect place to bring family and friends any day of the week! Can't wait to see the growth of this Canadian gem. The staff are wondeful, very warm atmosphere!
  • Loved the rich history of Canada,canoes and indigenous peoples. Some hands on exhibits for kids and adults! Gift shop on site,food is a 5 minute drive away.

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Peterborough tourism relies heavily on the surrounding nature, so most of its accommodations sit outside the city center itself. Your best bet is to look for one of the mid-range inns lining either bank of the Otonabee River, where you'll have easy access to the city's pleasant parks. If you want something with a bit more character, look for private vacation rentals offering river views.
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