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Canadian Canoe Museum

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910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
705-748-9153 canoemuseum.ca

November 2018

Sold Out! – Make a Hudson’s Bay Blanket Coat

November 23 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
$360
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/**/ Handcraft a traditional Capote using an authentic Hudson's Bay Company Point Blanket (a blanket who's value alone makes this workshop an unbelievable bargain). Spend the day immersed in the history of these blankets, following traditional pattern and hand-sewing the seams of your one-of-a-kind coat.  Experienced instructors show you traditional techniques, modern twists and ways to personalize your coat with unique embellishments. All materials, including a Point Blanket, 100% wool for sewing and patterns to fit all sizes are supplied…

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Nail & String Art

November 24 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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Free with admission

What do cedar strip canoes and this craft have in common?  Nails!!! Join us at the museum from 10:30-4 to make a beautiful piece of string art. While you're here, be sure to visit our family-friendly museum areas to put on a puppet play, paddle a canoe, build a link-n-log camp, set the camp table and more. Our Family Drop-in Activities happen every last Saturday of the month. These drop-ins are always free with museum admission or Family Membership. Remember,…

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December 2018

WAITLIST – Carve a Canoe Paddle – December 1st & 2nd

December 1 @ 9:00 am - December 2 @ 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
$290
Man carving a paddle

/**/ About the Event Book your spot early – this workshop fills quickly! 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.* This workshop makes a terrific gift and there is no experience necessary! *Russ Parker is a Canoe Museum volunteer and supporter who retired to…

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Homeschool Wednesday – Loom Building and Beading

December 5 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$38
Three girls wearing bracelets

Age 9+ Follow a scavenger hunt through the Museum to find all the parts of your loom kit. Learn woodworking skills as you build a pine beading loom with the patient, friendly guidance of our experienced education staff. You’ll end up with a loom and work on a 3-row beaded bracelet. Learn about wampum and indigenous beading traditions.

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Winter Break Activities

December 22, 2018 @ 10:00 am - January 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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Visit Us for Winter Break Activities

Don't be stuck at home!  Stop by the museum for extra activities free with your admission.  Create beautiful crafts to take home!  Ornament crafts, northern lights art, card making along with all the other hands-on areas of the museum!

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Christmas Eve – Early Closing

December 24 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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Museum Hours Today from 10am-2pm

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Museum CLOSED – Christmas Day

December 25 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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Museum CLOSED – Boxing Day

December 26 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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New Years Eve – Early Closing

December 31 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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The museum is open 10-2pm

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January 2019

Museum CLOSED – New Years Day

January 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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Museum CLOSED – January 2nd

January 2, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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Offices will be open to take your inquiries but museum will not be open to general public.

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February 2019

Homeschool Wednesday – So you want to be a Knot Star?

February 6, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$18

Age 9+ Explore the worlds of paracord and knot tying. Leave with finished take-homes.

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Make a Rustic Sign

February 7, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$40

/**/ Enjoy an evening at the museum making a rustic sign! You don't need to be artistic to make a gorgeous sign - you'll start this class by choosing a design, tracing it onto your wood, and taking your time painting it to match your home decor. This class is great for any skill level and would be fun to do with a friend!

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Make a Wet-Felted Scarf

February 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
$100

/**/ Create a one of a kind wet-felted scarf in this one-day workshop! Learn from the talented Christianna Ferguson.*  This workshop is an introduction to the wet felting technique. We begin with merino wool roving and create our own unique textile by adding water, soap and friction. Participants will learn how to layer, attach cords, and how to mix fibres to create different colour effects. We also explore the use of pre-felts to achieve distinct patterns in our felted pieces. Spend…

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March 2019

Carve a Black Cherry Paddle

March 2, 2019 @ 9:00 am - March 3, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
$298

/**/ Book your spot early – this workshop fills quickly! 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. This workshop makes a terrific gift and there is no experience necessary! Contact Victoria for more information, or call 1-866-342-2663 x218

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Canoe Trip Menu Planning

March 8, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada

/**/ Join Amanda Harrison* for an interactive workshop dedicated to menu preparation for  canoe trips.  In the Canoe Museum kitchen, we will prepare delicious roasted eggplant baba ghanouj. We will learn how to make cous cous stuffed bell peppers that can also be prepared over hot coals of a fire. Next, we will make some za’atar (middle eastern spice) and yogurt marinated chicken skewers and homemade pita bread.  For dessert, how about peanut butter and chocolate truffles?  We will travel to the…

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April 2019

Homeschool Wednesday – Wanigans

April 3, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$26

Age 8+ Try your hand at wood-working and create a 12”x8”x8” wanigan. Start with a scavenger hunt in the Museum to find the necessary pieces to build a wanigan. Kids encounter many styles of wanigan, ex. a traditional canoe-tripping equipment box. No previous wood-working experience required. Experienced and patient Museum staff teach each step. Participants come away with hands-on building experience (hammers, screwdrivers, sanding). Plus a box to keep any kind of treasure in to take home!

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Make a Leather Knife Sheath

April 13, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
$120

/**/ Each student will learn the basics of sheath design and will create their own unique sheath to fit their own favorite knife. We will do some wet-forming, some leather stamping and shaping so that each sheath fits each individual knife just as the owner makes it to be. We will learn what it means to use edge bevellers, rivet setters, snap setters, and slickers. When the sheaths are completed for design and construction, every participant will be taught how…

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Paint a Decorative Paddle

April 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$120

/**/ Get in on the hottest trend in home (or cottage) décor! Spend a day in our Preserving Skills Gallery painting a solid-wood decorative paddle. Plan your design and colour scheme and bring your vision to life. Plot out and paint a geometric design customizing your paddle to fit your style and your home. This would be a great workshop to do with a friend or a group! You can choose from a 3', 3.5' or 4' long decorative paddle.…

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Make a Birch Bark Basket

April 28, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
$200

/**/ Join canoe builder Chuck Commanda to learn the basics of birch bark basketry here at the Canoe Museum. Start by planning your design, and learning about working with birch bark. Sew your basket together with roots while learning from Chuck in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. No experience necessary, this is great workshop to take with a friend!

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May 2019

Homeschool Wednesday – Tarps and Shelters

May 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$25
Kids pulling tarp to set up

Age 8+ Shelter is one of the five basic human needs. Explore different shelter-building techniques with us and go home with your own tarp and the skills to set it up!

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Carve a Black Cherry Paddle

May 5, 2019 @ 9:00 am - May 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
$298

/**/ Book your spot early – our paddle carving workshops fill quickly! 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 and complete your paddle with the help of a supportive, expert instructor, Russ Parker* This workshop makes a terrific gift and there is no experience necessary! *Russ Parker is a Canoe Museum volunteer and supporter who retired to the Peterborough area.…

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Make a Paddle Coat Rack

May 23, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
$80

/**/ Make a functional, decorative coat rack in this fun, crafty workshop! Enjoy an evening at the museum while you make a coat rack out of a paddle. Plan your design, choose your hooks and create this one-of-a-kind, custom piece based on your chosen design aesthetic. This would look great in your cottage, a nursery, or on any wall in your home!

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Wood and Canvas Canoe Restoration

May 25, 2019 @ 9:00 am - May 26, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
$360

/**/ Do you have a wood-and-canvas canoe at home that needs a little love? 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. Interested participants may bring their own canoe for a thorough analysis and diagnosis and will leave…

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Learn to Dye with Natural Materials

May 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
$190

/**/ Discover the world of natural dyeing in this new workshop for 2017! Participants will work with all natural materials, from plants to bugs to minerals, and leave with the knowledge to continue dyeing at home with guidance from our expert instructor, Julie Sinden*. On the first day, students will learn about mordanting, preparing the dye-bath, and will dye their chosen fabrics. On the second day, unique dye techniques will be explored, such as Indigo dyeing and shibori. Some materials…

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June 2019

Learn to Dye with Natural Materials

June 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
$190

/**/ Discover the world of natural dyeing in this new workshop for 2017! Participants will work with all natural materials, from plants to bugs to minerals, and leave with the knowledge to continue dyeing at home with guidance from our expert instructor, Julie Sinden*. On the first day, students will learn about mordanting, preparing the dye-bath, and will dye their chosen fabrics. On the second day, unique dye techniques will be explored, such as Indigo dyeing and shibori. Some materials…

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Homeschool Wednesday – Paddle and Paint

June 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$20

Spend a day out paddling together in our 36 foot canoe, a replica of the bark canoes used during the fur trade era. Learn watercolour techniques while out on the water.  You’ll be inspired by the nature around you and practise plein air painting. Note: Parents are welcome to participate but will be subject to full program fees.

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Make a Pair of Summer Moccasins

June 8, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
$180

/**/ This workshop fills quickly, so sign up fast! Moccasins have been worn for centuries as the primary footwear in the summer over hard portages and soft forest floors. Now you can create a unique pair of your own with the added durability of a painted on rubber sole. The sole is made with recycled tire and barge cement, which maintains the flexibility of the moccasin so you can still feel the ground beneath you. These moccasins are perfect for…

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Learn the Basics of Woodburning

June 15, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
$130

/**/ 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.* No experience is necessary! *Cara Jordan has no formal training, but has been creating and selling art…

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July 2019

Make a Leather-Bound Journal

July 20, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
$130

/**/ 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! Our talented instructor, Stuart Hill is a Canadian bookbinder whose primary interest…

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August 2019

Woodburning on a Paddle

August 17, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
$180

/**/ Learn the art of woodburning while decorating a paddle! The day will begin with a discussion of safety, materials, and how to use the wood-burning tool. You will plan your graphics and spend the day creating a decorative design on your 3', 3.5' or 4' long paddle. Experienced instructor, Cara Jordan* will guide you through the process giving you tricks and tips to feel confident with your woodburning tool. No experience is necessary! *Cara Jordan has been creating and selling art…

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September 2019

Make a Rustic Sign

September 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
$40

/**/ Enjoy an evening at the museum making a rustic sign! You don't need to be artistic to make a gorgeous sign - you'll start this class by choosing a design, tracing it onto your wood, and taking your time painting it to match your home decor. This class is great for any skill level and would be fun to do with a friend!

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Learn the Basics of Fingerweaving

September 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
$110
Small finger woven sample

/**/ Finger weaving is a traditional type of hand weaving used to create the celebrated ceinture fléchée, colourful sashes historically worn by voyageurs during the fur trade. This type of weaving is unique because it does not require a loom, or any bulky, expensive equipment. You will learn several basic techniques and weave at least 2 samples to practice your new skills. Our instructor and museum volunteer Jo Harris will guide you in selecting colours, laying out and planning your…

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Carve a Black Cherry Paddle

September 21, 2019 @ 8:00 am - September 22, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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/**/ Book your spot early – this workshop fills quickly! 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. This workshop makes a terrific gift and there is no experience necessary!

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October 2019

Make a Coiled Basket

October 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
$110

/**/ Join us for a hands-on class to learn both the basics of woodburning and making a coiled basket. First, we’ll discuss some of the materials and techniques used in making coiled baskets. Then, you'll learn the basics of woodburning (also known as pyrography) that will help you create a lovely insert for your basket on a basswood plaque. You’ll be able to choose from a wide variety of simple designs featuring nature and wildlife. Next, we’ll move on to making…

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Make a Trail Toboggan

October 8, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
$280

/**/ You will construct your trail toboggan using a very durable and low-friction plastic to easily glide over snow and ice. The toboggans can roll up for easy transportation and storage and will be completely ready to take to the trails! Learn how to tie and adjust the running and tow lines, install brass rings for lashing loops, install a break line, and your own leather hauling “tump.” Your instructors for this course are Kielyn and Dave Marrone, husband and…

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Weave a Pair of Snowshoes

October 9, 2019 @ 8:30 am - October 10, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
$325

/**/ Create your very own pair of hand-woven snowshoes in this popular two day workshop. This workshop begins with a large selection of the best frames on the market (high quality white ash) and incredibly durable and functional 400 pound test fishing line (monoline) from Vancouver Island. The monoline is lighter, stronger and more abrasion-resistant than traditional rawhide. Plus, it doesn't require varnish or annual maintenance and it is much less likely to stick to wet snow. Your instructors for…

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Make a Pair of Wool and Leather Mittens

October 31, 2019 @ 8:30 am - November 1, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
$180

/**/ Make your own pair of mittens that you will want to wear all winter! These mittens are made of 100% felted duffle wool and genuine buckskin, designed to cut the wind and protect your wool from abrasion. This workshop includes all of the materials required to complete and personalize your own pair of deerskin mittens. Using a double layer of wool for the lining these are guaranteed to keep your hands toasty this winter! Spend a fun and informative…

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November 2019

Make a Pair of Winter Moccasins

November 2, 2019 @ 8:30 am - November 3, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
$285

/**/ Create your very own pair of hand-crafted, traditional winter moccasins in this fun and inspiring two-day workshop! This class includes all of the materials required to complete and personalize your own pair of beautiful and functional, knee-high winter moccasins. Spend a fun and informative weekend learning from the best in the business, ending with a pair of hand-made moccasins. No experience is necessary and this workshop always sells out quickly. Don't miss out on one of the Canoe Museum's most popular…

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Make Your Own Anorak

November 4, 2019 @ 8:30 am - November 5, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
$320

/**/ Create your own anorak out of 100% cotton, tightly woven, waterproof fabric to wick moisture away and keep you warm all winter. The anoraks are designed to cover your thighs and to accommodate many layers underneath. Complete the anorak with a hood with an (optional) coyote fur ruff to trap warm air inside the hood that creates a micro-climate in front of your face. Create a beautiful, durable and windproof outer layer- no sewing experience is required and all necessary…

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December 2019

Carve a Black Cherry Paddle

December 7, 2019 @ 9:00 am - December 8, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
$298

/**/ Book your spot early – this workshop fills quickly! 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. This workshop makes a terrific gift and there is no experience necessary! Contact Victoria for more information, or call 1-866-342-2663 x218

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Make a Selection of Holiday Ornaments

December 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
$40

/**/ Enjoy an evening at the museum getting crafty and making a selection of holiday ornaments! Choose from a woven birch bark heart, wooden canoe ornament, wooden paddle ornament, log slice, or make all four. You will be able to customize your ornaments to your taste and style while having the opportunity to use a woodburning pen, paint, bark, ribbon, twine and more. No experience is necessary, this is a great class to take with a friend!

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