“What a great way to work on leadership, listening, thinking, offering advice and sharing when working on a community project! The snow blindness added an element of unexpected challenge. Students reflected on their learning and behaviour as a result, so it was very appropriate.” – Teacher

Kayak Discovery

A stimulating hands-on initiative task. Students work together to build an eight-foot skin-on-frame kayak, from a kit based on an Inuit watercraft in the Museum’s collection. Students learn about of kayak-building as a community task in traditional Inuit cultures where different members play distinct and crucial roles. Working collaboratively in small groups, the students problem-solve to discover the best building method for their group and project. This is a challenging program that promotes team-building and an understanding of Inuit cultures.
Please note: the kayaks the students build are not take-homes.
Grade 9-12 Visual Art AVI10,AV120,AVI3M,AVI4M and AVI4E General Expectations
Grade 9 Native Studies NAC10 Expressing Aboriginal Cultures
Grade 9-12 Canadian and World Studies
Grade 9-12 Business Studies (Problem Solving, Teamwork, Critical and Creative Thinking, Leadership, Strategic Planning)
Grade 12 Business Studies BOH4M, BOG4E
Grade 12 Health and Physical Education (Recreation and Fitness Leadership)

Full-sized Paddle Carving 

7.5 hrs, $80 (bass wood)

A one-day paddle-carving program for youth ages 15-18. Students carve a full-sized paddle to keep and use for years to come, using correct measurement techniques, spoke shaves, shave horses, calipers and palm sanders. Full-size paddle carving requires focus, perseverance and stamina — participants get a great deal of satisfaction from the tangible results of their hard work!
No time for full-size? We also have a 3-hour souvenir-size (24″) paddle-carving program for $16/student.
Grade 10-12 Arts (Developing Creativity, Communicating, Understanding Culture, Making Connections)

“The soapstone carving workshop had all students actively engaged, for the entire visit. The amount of time in the museum, to create concrete links to the culture and geography of the north, was well considered. The closing lesson around the qulliq provided an excellent opportunity to refocus the group, and introduce the students to Indigenous vocabulary before our departure. It was well worth the drive to Peterborough from Scarborough.” – Teacher

Soapstone Carving

Hands-on experience of soapstone carving in the context of our Arctic Galleries and Inuit artifacts.
90-minute Soapstone Carving: carve from a 2×3″ block that is pre-shaped to most easily be worked into the mouse or bear sculptures, but which is very open to abstract and other ideas. $8.50 per participant
Three-hour Loon Carving: start with a “blank” made from a 4×6″ block and create a silky smooth sculpture in the iconic loon shape. $15/participant
Grade 9-12 Arts (Developing Creativity, Communicating, Understanding Culture, Making Connections)
Grade 9 Visual Arts AVI10 (A1, A3.1, C2.1)
Grade 9 Native Studies NAC10 Expressing Aboriginal Cultures
Grade 10 Visual Arts AVI20 (A1.2, A2.2.,A3.1,B2.1,B2.2,B2.3,C1.2)
Grade 10 Civics and Citizenship CHV20 (C2.1)
Grade 11 Visual Arts AVI3M (A3.1, A3.2, C2.1) AVI13O (A2.1, A3.1)
Grade 12 Visual Arts AVI14M (A3.2) AVI14E (A2.1)

Watercolour Painting

An exploration of watercolour painting techniques. Our staff work with small groups of students to introduce watercolour techniques, and draw attention to the forms of artistic expression throughout the museum from different periods. Participants are then free to set up throughout the Museum’s galleries – wherever they find most inspiration – to complete one to two small paintings. At the end of the program, we gather to frame and celebrate the participants’ works.
Grade 9-12 (Developing Creativity, Communicating, Understanding Culture, Making Connections)
Grade 9 Visual Arts AVI10 (A1, A3.1, C2.1)
Grade 10 Visual Arts AVI20 (A1.2, A2.2,A3.1, B2.1, B2.2, B2.3, C1.2)
Grade 11 Visual Arts AV13M (A3.1,A3.2, C2.1), AVI13O (A2.1, A3.1
Grade 12 Visual Arts AVI14M (A3.2), AVI13E (A2.1)

Voyageur Paddling Program 

Students have the unique experience of paddling a 36″ Montreal Canoe up the Peterborough Lift Lock and along the canal. This stunning canoe is a replica of a canoe used in Canada’s Fur Trade era. Students learn about Voyageur history and First Nations’ roles in the Fur Trade through story, role play, and costume, as well as the history and engineering of the lift lock.


Sleepover in the Museum’s Galleries! You get exclusive access to the Museum’s exhibits during your overnight experience. We create a custom schedule base around our education programs. It’s a great camp-in option that can’t get rained out.