Canadian Canoe Museum
• 910 Monaghan Road | Peterborough, ON | K9J 5K4
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June 2007 — "Although I had barely any canoeing experience, my husband had been canoeing and collecting antique boats for many years and, naturally, had heard about the Canoe Museum. However, living in Ottawa, we had never had an opportunity to visit the museum until we (and our kids!) were invited to our friends' cottage in Buckhorn and decided to make a small detour to Peterborough. Are we ever glad we did! Despite its mildly dreary exterior and some confusion as to where the entrance was (at the back, not front!), stepping into the perfectly air-conditioned museum more than made up for it. After paying just twenty dollars for myself, my husband AND my three kids - the museum's 'family deal' - we were told a bit about its history and given a useful orientation before heading off. My husband, of course, savoured every word on the many text/picture pannels and inspected the immaculately preserved canoes and kayaks. Being with three kids, I was pulled away from reading everything but, through interactive displays designed for them, I learned a great deal as well! I'll admit we were a bit hesitant about bringing them with us (kids in a museum, you know) but were delighted to find a voyageur encampment designed for them to 'sleep' under the canoe (complete with a rocky shoreline!) and attempt to carry packs using a leather strap. Also, there was a trip shed featuring all kinds of equipment to 'play' with and two actual canoes mounted on springs for the kids (and myself!) to get into. By the time we thought to check our watches, two hours had past! Unfortunately, we couldn't spare any more of our day, as we had to get to the cottage. We will definitely come back as soon as we can, though, because we absolutely loved it (the incredible gift shop helped a bit, too)!"
Discover the Canadian Canoe Museum, home of the world's largest collection of canoes and kayaks, and explore the canoe's enduring significance to the people of Canada. Exhibits tell the story of Aboriginal, French and British cultures, taking you on a journey through a Mikmaq encampment, an original 1876 trading post, the voyageur era, mapping expeditions, summer camps canoe factories, cottaging and regattas. Open daily 10 - 5.
910 Monaghan RoadPeterborough ON K9J 5K4