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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