What’s in a name?

By Liz Watkins, Collections Assistant Have you ever given a favourite object a name? Think of items from significant moments in your life – perhaps a favourite toy or your first car comes to mind. Putting a name on something changes the value of the item to the owner...

Remembering Ned Franks

On September 11th, the Canadian Canoe Museum lost a dedicated paddler, canoephile and friend in Ned Franks. He was 81 years old.  Ned—aka C.E.S. Franks—came onto our radar when he published The Canoe and Whitewater: From Essential to Sport back in 1977; a...

Building A Museum Upon Relationships

Nearly two decades ago, the fledgling Canadian Canoe Museum set out on a journey to develop 20,000 square feet of exhibits for nine, newly-created galleries within its renovated factory setting. Among the many remarkable people who were part of that team...