The Canadian Canoe Museum inspires connection, curiosity and new understanding.
Enjoy a day learning twelve different embroidery stitches while making a fun sampler to take home. With expert instruction from the Peterborough Embroidery Guild this is an amazing way to jump into a new hobby that could take you in so many different directions.Find out more »
In this two-day workshop each participant will make their own crooked knife, beginning with a bar of tool steel and using readily available hand tools. You will learn about blade and handle design, shaping and heat-treating steel, attaching and shaping a handle, and sharpening the blade while crafting your own one-of-a-kind knife. Everyone will finish with a crooked knife made to comfortably fit their own hand.Find out more »
No experience necessary! Create your own beautiful carved and sanded black cherry paddle and go home with all varnishing supplies to see it complete. Learn to use traditional hand tools in the Museum's Preserving Skills Gallery with the help of a supportive, expert instructor, Russ Parker.Find out more »
Participants in the canoe restoration clinic will learn how to re-canvas a wood-and-canvas canoe and perform basic structural repairs (for example; replacing a rib, or repairing damaged planking) from experienced canoe builder, Joe Calnan. You will leave with the confidence, know-how and hands-on experience needed to restore your own canoe.Find out more »
Learn the art of wood-burning in this fun and engaging workshop! The day will begin with a discussion of safety, materials, and how to use the wood-burning tool. Next, participants will practice using the different tips by making a small sampler.
Once comfortable with the techniques students will select and complete a larger project from designs recommended by the instructor, Cara Jordan.
This rugged, attractive leather-covered journal is based on a 14th century ledger structure. You will appreciate how this beautiful book's construction allows the pages to open flat, making it perfect for sketching while sitting on the shore, or writing in at a desk. Once filled with memories, the cover can be detached and a new text block inserted for new journeys. This will become your go-to notebook!Find out more »
Enjoy an evening at the museum carving a mini paddle!
Carve a 24" paddle while learning the woodworking techniques to take their rough, poplar blank to a smoothly-sanded, finished paddle. You will have a beautiful mini paddle to take home and treasure.
No experience is necessary!Find out more »
MUSEUM on the move
In the future, visitors will explore the canoe’s leading role in Canada’s past, present and future alongside the world’s highest hydraulic lift lock on one of the country’s most celebrated waterways.