CCM from Home
The Canadian Canoe Museum is continuing to inspire connection, curiosity, and new understandings … from home!
While our doors may not be open, we are working to bring the museum to you virtually through engaging content, based on our world-class collection, for adventurers and paddlers of all ages – including educational activities, lectures, stories, and more. CCM From Home is full of things to do from home, with activities and content to engage you in learning and play, from crafting your own cutout canoe to behind-the-scenes videos with our Curator. Visit this page often (or sign up for our newsletter below) as we’ll be adding more activities and resources to it on an ongoing basis!
Learn more about the temporary closure of the Canadian Canoe Museum and the impact of COVID-19 on our museum.
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Canoe & Kayak Cut Outs
If you’ve visited the museum with children, or stopped by our booth at a trade show or outreach event, you’ve likely seen our popular Canoe (and Kayak!) Cut Outs. These printable canoe cut outs allow you and your family to colour and craft your very own miniature canoe or kayak, and are based on canoes and kayaks in our collection.
We encourage you to share your creations with us on social media (with the hashtag #CCMfromhome) as we are aiming to see just how connected by canoe we are! So far we’ve had entries from all over Canada, and around the world (Scotland, Argentina, USA, and more).
Crack open a new box of crayons or markers, and sharpen those pencil crayons! We have two new colouring sheets based on canoe-themed postcards in our collection.These postcards come from one of our newer temporary exhibits, More Than Just Canoes, which highlights a collection of canoe-themed ephemera recently donated to the museum.
Connected by Canoe Mini-Documentary
The Connected by Canoe journey brought Canadians together to engage in a floating conversation about Canada’s future. The canoe is not only an important part of Canada’s past but our present and future as well. The canoe teaches us we are all “in the same boat” and by “pulling together,” Canadians of all backgrounds, regions and beliefs can build an equitable, sustainable and inclusive future for Canada.
A Quick Tour of the Back Building by Drone
Housed in an unassuming building in our parking lot, stacked high and in colourful, organized rows lives the majority of our collection of kayaks, canoes, and paddled watercraft (approximately 550), and small artifacts. Canoes and kayaks of every shape and size adorn the walls and rows of our collection centre, representing people, places, and cultures all over the world.
While this building is only open to the public on rare occasions, when it is, we enjoy the look of awe that washes over visitors faces when they enter this plain, industrial looking building and take in the magnitude of the collection for the first time!
Lecture: “Lands of Lost Borders: The Meaning of Exploration in a Modern, Mapped World” by author Kate Harris
Named by Canadian Geographic one of the country’s top modern-day explorers for journeys edging the limits of nations and prudence, multiple award-winning author and adventurer Kate Harris shares the story of her first book Lands of Lost Borders. Weaving adventure and deep reflection with the history of science and exploration, this national best-seller explores the nature of limits and the wildness of a world that, like the self and like the stars, can never be fully mapped.
Kate Harris was named the 2019 Jack Matthews Fellow, as part of an ongoing partnership with The Canadian Canoe Museum, Lakefield College School, and Trent University.
Library and Archives Canada Podcast: Canada’s Canoe Archives
“For many Canadians, paddling in a canoe serves as a refuge from our hectic day-to-day lives, and as a means of reconnecting with nature, family and friends. But thousands of years before European settlers arrived in what we now call Canada, the lakes and rivers served as vital trade routes for the Indigenous peoples here, with the canoe at the heart of that experience. In this episode, we pay a visit to the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario, and get a behind-the-scenes tour of its incredible canoe collection with curator Jeremy Ward.”
Stay Connected & Engage With Us On Social Media
Use the hashtag #CCMfromhome to share your thoughts and creations with us!
Thank You For Your Support!
During this unprecedented time, as the physical distance among us becomes greater, so too, does the importance of shared experience. When this is behind us, our work of inspiring connection, curiosity and new understanding will continue in earnest, as will our contributions to the fabric of our community. We thank you for your support and understanding, and ask that as individuals, families and communities, we continue to pull together.