On June 24, we celebrated National Canoe Day by fitting as many canoes and kayaks as possible into the Peterborough Lift Lock. During the months spend planning with our partners, Parks Canada and The Land Canadian Adventures, the goal was to fit 150 vessels into each tub of the lock. We were able to surpass our goal, and we ended up with 328 boats in total!
Many museum staff members paddled in the event, and Maryam Monsef, our member of parliament, paddled with James Raffan. Pictured below are Curator Jeremy Ward, Marketing and Media Relations Manager Jessica Fleury, and General Manager Carolyn Hyslop.
With rain on both sides of the forecast, paddlers were pleasantly surprised by the beautiful weather. While two very full tubs were completing a transfer, the motion was paused. As the two tubs sang “O Canada,” paddlers were able to look across to the other tub and see all 328 paddle crafts.
After the transfer was complete, many paddlers continued on down the Trent Severn, while others went back down the lock. Lock n’ Paddle was a great way to celebrate Canada 150 and National Canoe Day!
Check out this great video by our partners at Parks Canada