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“Don't pass this by. Well worth the visit for early Canadian history.”

Canadian Canoe Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Canadian Canoe Museum is a family-friendly museum exploring the canoe's enduring significance to the people of Canada and the World.
Reviewed 13 December 2017

It was fascinating to see examples of great dugouts of the First Nations of the Pacific Northwest, bark canoes; and skin-on-frame kayaks of northern peoples from Baffin Island. Seeing the exhibits gave a greater appreciation of the size of these crafts; especially the ones used by the fur traders when you consider the number of men required to paddle, the volume of supplies they needed to transport for their own survival as well as in trade. It was also interesting to see the different construction methods and materials used in a time when everything was done by hand. A number of hands-on exhibits for children were available throughout the museum. This would be a particularly valuable learning experience for families with grade school aged children.

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Micaela B, Marketing and Media Coordinator at Canadian Canoe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2017

Thanks for the review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed the variety of our exhibits. We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

Went here to kill some time while in Peterborough. Wow, it was great. The history and actual ancient canoes and kayaks were spectacular. Did not realize the sizes and complexity of these methods of travel. Spoke to a gentleman who was actually making canoes in the museum workshop, really informative. They will be moving in the next year or two to a new purposely built location and it will be even more special. If you are near Peterborough make sure you visit this bit of Canadian History.

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Micaela B, Marketing and Media Coordinator at Canadian Canoe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2017

Thanks so much for the review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and discovered more about our country's great history. We hope to see you again next time you're in the area!

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Reviewed 18 November 2017

This is a museum devoted to the history of the canoe and kayak, from early beginnings to present. There are many examples of different types of canoes and kayaks from different periods of time. All the famous ones are here. All come with their own story. There are well shot videos of native people building the forerunners of our modern kayaks and canoes. There are wonderfully informative displays on the fur trade, sailing canoes, hunting from kayaks.etc. At times there have been workshops in paddle making, and canoe making. A few years ago a native group built a full size trade canoe. this has been launched and used on the Trent canal.
Everything is really well done, a top notch museum with two floors of compelling displays. And photography is allowed. Depending on your interests you could spend 3 hours to half a day here.
I live in the city and attend the museum several times a year or more if we have people visiting. It is a class act for a small entrance fee.This is a great place for people of all ages, family,school groups,young or old.
There is also a unique and quality gift shop on site.
Don't miss this jewel!

Thank Paul S H
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Micaela B, Marketing and Media Coordinator at Canadian Canoe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

Thanks for the review! We are glad to hear you have enjoyed many visits to the museum. Have you ever tried one of our workshops? In addition to paddle carving, you can also learn to weave a pair of snow shoes, make a pair of moccasins or learn wood burning!

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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Just an awesome spot. Everything so well done. Not a bad place to do a little Christmas shopping either.

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Micaela B, Marketing and Media Coordinator at Canadian Canoe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2017

Thanks for the review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed the gift shop. We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

My husband and i specifically stopped in Peterborough while touring southern Ontario to go through this museum. We were so glad we did. The displays are wonderfully laid out and so interesting. Steeped in the history of the development of this beautiful country. If you want to learn about Canada start here. This was a true highlight on our trip.

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Micaela B, Marketing and Media Coordinator at Canadian Canoe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2017

Thanks for the review! We're glad you took the time to stop in and enjoy a visit!

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