Guests, dressed in colorful plaid, examine an artisan's handiwork in the museum's Preserving Skills galleryBack by popular demand, The Canadian Canoe Museum’s camp-inspired fundraising event will encourage guests to channel their flannel in the museum galleries on April 18, 2020.

Campfires & Cocktails will see guests weave their ways through the museum’s galleries for a passport-style experience with campfire-inspired cuisine by local restaurants and a signature cocktail. Last year’s event attracted more than 200 community members and raised $40,250 to support the museum’s educational and public programs.

The event is hosted by the museum and organized by a group of dedicated community volunteers who have been inspired by the work of the organization. This year’s committee is led by co-chairs Jane Ulrich, Julie Davie, and Kathy Gillis, with honourary chair Neil Morton, co-founder of and, community volunteer and notably, a champion of all things plaid.

“Members of the Peterborough community loved channeling their flannel last year, and we are excited to bring back Campfires & Cocktails for its second year,” says Caroline Anderson, Annual Giving Coordinator. “At its core, the event is about celebrating all things local and the amazing talent, food, and businesses we have in this community, all in support of the museum – a national treasure right here in our backyard.”

This year’s event: Hosted by Mike Judson of Pure Country 105.1, the evening will feature the sensational sounds of The Dixie Hicks: Melissa Payne, Kate Suhr, and Kate Brioux, with special guests Robert Atyeo and Wayne O’Connor.

The evening will also feature a live auction with paddles painted by local artisans and Canadian celebrities, and an ultra-light skin-on-frame watercraft locally made by woodworker and museum volunteer Russ Parker. Last year, the silent auction featured paddles painted by local artists Peer Christensen and Jenny Kastner, along with those from Canadian celebrities Roberta Bondar, Peter Mansbridge, and many others.

Tickets are $75 per person and are available now for this one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the museum’s world-class collection. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis via

The museum offers more than 20 hands-on, experiential education programs for students and youth groups from kindergarten through to university and college by day and overnight. In 2018, close to 5,250 students visited the museum in person, while more than 3,000 from eight countries visited via virtual field trip. Field trips are guided by educators offering curriculum-connected programming in both French and English.