The 12th Annual Beaver Club Gala 

Saturday, October 19th, 2019
The Canadian Canoe Museum
910 Monaghan Road
Peterborough, ON

6:00PM Doors Open
7:00PM Program Begins


The Beaver Club, founded in 1785 by Montreal-based members of the North West Company, was an annual gathering of seasoned fur traders. Today, it recognizes the significance of the fur trade and is an opportunity to gather in support of the museum. Since its inception, the Beaver Club Gala has raised more than $860,000 to support the museum’s educational programming, which is inspired by its world-class collection

Education at The Canadian Canoe Museum
The museum’s programs for children and youth are all about active engagement and hands-on discovery. Our world-class collection allows us to offer unique experiential field trips that explore the arts, science, language, social studies, history and native studies curricula, all through the lens of the canoe. Students make, bake, build, sing, carve, paint, experiment, measure and map. They examine primary sources, handle artefacts, and paddle canoes in programs that support all learning styles. In 2018, 5,957 students visited in person and 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.

MEET OUR HOSTS:  Gary & Joanie McGuffin 

“For over 30 years, we have been a voice for the landscapes we know and love, particularly Canada’s North, northern Ontario and the Lake Superior watershed. Human beings are a part of this landscape as they have been for thousands of years. We often depict human participants in our images, and our journey  stories aim to inspire people to want to go on their own self-propelled adventures whether for a few hours, a few days or a few weeks.  Humans are both problem and solution, and in our efforts to be part of the latter, we helped found the international land trust, the Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy.  The broad mission of the Conservancy enables the organization to build a foundation for the future long-term health of the lake, its ecosystems and its people.” For more information visit www.themcguffins.ca.



Below are a sneak peek at the amazing live auction items that be featured at the 12th Annual Beaver Club Gala. For your chance to bid on these and other incredible experiences and unique artisan items, buy your ticket today. If you are unable to join us, but would like to consider bidding on our live auction items, please fill out a Live Auction Proxy Bid Form and return it to Caroline Anderson at [email protected] by Thursday, October 17th, 2019.

Spring Weekend at Killarney Lodge

Stay in a private, two-bedroom cabin overlooking Lake of Two Rivers for your family or two couples for two nights (or three nights if Sat night excluded). Three meals per day and canoes included. Valid May 8 to June 18, 2020, excluding May 16 and 17. Reservations required.

Valued at $3,100

Steel String Guitar by RGPGuitars.ca

A beautiful J16 steel string acoustic guitar by RGPguitars.ca. Made with East Indian Rosewood back and sides, a spruce top, and an ebony fingerboard and bridge. Rosewood rosette binding and ped head overlay with a side sound port. Gotoh 510 tuners and comes complete with a hard-shell case. Held in the photo by legendary Canadian singer-songwriter guitarist, Gordon Lightfoot. 

Valued at $3,000  

“Creatures of the Lake” Custom Rug 5’9″ x 4′

This rug is professionally crafted out of premium nylon carpet, carved and sculpted to enhance the design, and finished with a felt backing.
Nine Star Designs is a custom area rug company based out of Sudbury, Ontario. Designed and crafted by Andy Blanchette, Nine Star is a full-service custom design area rug company. Andy has been working in the carpet industry for over 20 years, winning awards from the National Association of Rug Makers and Sculptors Competition: First Place Award 2004, 2006 and Top Ten Placement in 2002, 2003 and 2005. 
Valued at $1,300
Canoe Trip – Upper Horton River Expedition for One – Canoe North Adventures

Join Canoe North Adventures for the trip of a lifetime canoeing the Upper Horton River. Its source at Horton Lake is located 80 miles north of Great Bear Lake in an area surrounded by vast rolling tundra plains. The Upper Horton is perfect for novice, intermediate or vintage canoeists.

Trip includes airport pick-up/drop-off, charter flights to and from the river, canoe, paddle, splash jacket, helmet, watertight barrel, tent and all camping equipment and gear, certified guides and nutritious meals. Auction item also includes off-river accommodation and meal package. *flights to pick-up location not included. For more information, please visit: http://canoenorthadventures.com/adventures/upper-horton-2020.

Valued at $9,500


“Cosmic Birch Canoe” 24 x 48 – Carola Grimm

Self-taught artist, Carola Grimm, depicts a traditional birch bark canoe through her unique style and technique. Born in Toronto, Carola is an award-winning self-taught artist currently living and working in Muskoka. Her works range from paintings on canvas to large sculptures and more recently painting and sculpture combined to create very three-dimensional works.

Carola is the founder and owner of Red Canoe Gallery, formerly Grimm Gallery in Muskoka. The gallery features the works of over 100 of Canada’s best artists and artisans as well as being a showcase for her own work.

Valued at $2,000. 


“The Portage” 30 x 36 – Oil on Canvas by Garth Armstrong

This original oil on canvas painting by Garth Armstrong depicts a blue Lakefield area canoe by J.G. Brown c1920. The canoe is currently part of the collection at The Canadian Canoe Museum and was hand-selected by museum curator, Jeremy Ward, for the purpose of this painting.

Native to Toronto, Garth Armstrong is a graduate of the internally renowned Ontario College of Art & Design (OCADU) in the communication and design program. His style explores an impressionistic technique and palette, capturing the unique light and colour of the Canadian landscape, creating paintings that are evocative and original.

Valued at $4,000
Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the attire? 
The Canadian Canoe Museum champions and celebrates diversity and inclusion, and in this spirit, asks our guests to join us in black tie-optional, or any expression of period, national or traditional dress that is appropriate to one’s own culture (i.e. kilt, suit and tie, voyageur dress, non-ceremonial buckskin). 

Q: Where is parking? 
Parking is available on site and is free of charge. Parking attendants will be present to assist you when you arrive.

Q: I’ve purchased a ticket to the event, do I need a paper ticket? 
Paper tickets are not required for entry into the gala. A registration desk will be set up for you to check-in when you arrive.

Q: Will debit/credit be available on site for purchases?
Debit/credit will be available in the museum store for all auction item purchases, however, the bars will be cash only.

Q: I’m not able to attend the Gala, but I’d like to bid in the auction. What do I do?
Proxy bidding is available for all live auction items. The full list of items appears here on our website, and the proxy bid form can be downloaded.

For any  further questions, or for more information, please contact Caroline Anderson at [email protected] or by phone at 705-748-9153 x211

The Canadian Canoe Museum is most grateful to the sponsors of the 12th annual Beaver Club Gala.




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Bruce MacKay, VP & Director, Portfolio Manager & Investment Advisor, and the RBC Foundation have been longtime supporters of The Canadian Canoe Museum. Bruce is also an enthusiastic canoeist and attendee of the annual Beaver Club Gala.




A special thank you to Elmhirst’s Resort for graciously donating and hosting brunch for the Books & Brunch event that follows the gala.

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