People make The Canadian Canoe Museum come alive – literally. Without the invaluable support of members, volunteers, and donors, the Museum would not exist. Did you know we doubled our membership in 2012? But with more than 700 Museum members and over 100 volunteers, who are these individual people and businesses that support the Museum? Where do they come from?GlobeIt may surprise you (or not) to know that this great Canadian Museum has members from all over the world. Did you know that we have members in Singapore? Or that we have members in Germany and England? What about our members in Belgium or the USA? Individuals around the world have joined numerous Canadians in showing their support for the Museum, by becoming Museum Members, and demonstrating their support year after year, for preserving and celebrating the irreplaceable history, culture, character, and spirit of paddled watercraft.

IMG_5508Today, I had the pleasure of meeting two longtime supporters and Museum members from Connecticut, USA – Luella (Lu) & George. It’s always wonderful to get the chance to connect face-to-face with some of our long distance supporters that you typically only get to connect with via email or telephone. Lu & George made a special trip to Peterborough, specifically to visit the Museum to celebrate three special milestones – their 49th wedding anniversary, her 70th birthday, and his 69th birthday. How cool is that?!? It was great to meet you both and we can’t thank you and our other Museum supporters enough for everything you do for this museum!

Members trying out the folding canoeDid you know that visitors from around the world rank the Museum #1 of 20 attractions in the Peterborough area on A recent visitor wrote: “One man’s dream, a nation’s jewel … can’t say enough good about this unique Canadian cultural site.” None of the draws that encourage people to visit, and re-visit, the Museum, would be possible without the support of members and donors like you who inspire Museum volunteers and staff with your generosity.

IMG_1814Thanks to your support, the Museum continues to grow its exhibits and programs, both in house and online. Your valuable donation and membership dollars help grow our award-winning educational programs, our innovative and popular artisan workshops, and outreach beyond these four walls.

DSC02326 2012 Feb 15 St. CatherineYour support truly makes a difference – thank you. Want to show your support? Become a Museum Member and help us hit 1,000 members in 2013. I look forward to connecting with more of you from Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, and beyond…