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Canadian Canoe Museum

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

May 2019

Touch a Truck

May 26 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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Woman with child in a truck

Join us for our 6th annual Touch A Truck on Sunday, May 26! Big shiny trucks of all shapes an sizes will be on-site for kids big and small to explore, climb-in and touch! A great day for parents and kids in our community to come out and enjoy the museum together. Stay tuned for the 2019 fleet of trucks! Admission: $5 per person (2 years of age and older) and includes admission to the museum! Proceeds from this event…

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Learn to Dye with Natural Materials

May 26 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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National Indigenous People’s Day

June 21 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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In Partnership with TRACKS (Trent Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge and Science) and Metis Nation of Ontario Peterborough and District Wapiti In celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day, we are partnering with TRACKS and the Metis Nation of Ontario to offer a unique visit experience for grade 4-8 students. Join us at the museum and celebrate First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultures, traditions and technologies that have helped shape our experiences on Turtle Island and the country that we call Canada. Students…

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Drop In Craft: Camping Tic Tac Toe

June 29 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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Kids playing tic tac toe.

Make a game to take out on your next canoeing adventure!  This portable little tic tac tac toe is fully customizable! The self-directed craft is free with your membership or admission. 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…

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July 2019

Drop In: Canada Day Sun Catchers

July 1 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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maple leaft suncatcher

Celebrate Canada Day at the one and only Canoe Museum.  See our historic watercraft that represents Canada Sea to Sea to Sea.  While you're here make a Canada Day sun catcher to show the world your Canadian pride! Be sure to visit our family-friendly museum areas to put on a puppet play, paddle a canoe, build a Lincoln-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…

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Adult ORCKA Level 1&2 (Weekend Course)

July 13 @ 9:00 am - July 14 @ 4:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$255
Couple paddling canoe

This two-day course provides an introduction to tandem canoeing and skill development. Participants will learn safe canoeing practices, basic theory and an introduction to strokes and manoeuvre. Lay a solid foundation of skills while learning proper terminology and technique. There are no canoeing pre-requisites for this course. Age 16+ Location will be decided in the week preceding the course.  Either Beavermead Park or The Peterborough Rowing Club.   /**/

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Make a Leather-Bound Journal

July 20 @ 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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Adult ORCKA Level 2&3 (Weekend Course)

July 20 @ 9:00 am - July 21 @ 4:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$225
People Carrying Canoe

This two-day course focuses on intermediate/advanced tandem skill development. Build on the skills introduced in Basic Canoeing Level 1 by refining paddling techniques and performing manoeuvre with more precision. Pre-requisites: ORCKA Level 1, equivalent certification or comparable skills (with permission from the course director). Age 16+ Location will be decided in the week preceding the course.  Either Beavermead Park or The Peterborough Rowing Club.   /**/

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Boys Kawartha Highlands Canoe Trip – Five Days

July 22 @ 9:00 am - July 26 @ 4:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$450

Ages 11-13 We take full advantage of having this provincial park in our 'backyard'.  This five-day trip is a great introduction to backcountry camping. /**/

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Drop In Craft: Magnetic Fishing Fun

July 27 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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magnetic fishing activity

Make an interactive fishing craft!  Get to design a beautiful little fish and then practise your fishing skills!  The self-directed craft is free with your membership or admission. 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.…

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Girls Kawartha Highlands Canoe Trip – Five Days

July 29 @ 9:00 am - August 2 @ 4:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$450

Age 11-13 We take full advantage of having this provincial park in our 'backyard.'  This five-day trip is a great introduction to backcountry camping. /**/

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August 2019

Drop In Craft: Civic Holiday

August 5 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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craft, magnet fish

We're celebrating summer and this August holiday with an extra craft!  Design your own beautiful little magnet fish.  Then practice your fishing skills!  This self-directed craft is free with your membership or admission. 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…

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Girls Kawartha Highlands Canoe Trip – Four Days

August 6 @ 9:00 am - August 9 @ 4:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$400

Age 11-13 We take full advantage of having this provincial park in our 'backyard.'  This five-day trip is a great introduction to backcountry camping. /**/

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Adult Intro to Paddling – Evening

August 12 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$175
Canoes in distance at sunset

Pick up a paddle, unwind and relax while learning some basic canoeing strokes. This course is an easy-going intro to paddling with our experienced and friendly staff. Come away with your ORCKA Safe Canoeing certification. Age 16+ Location will be decided in the week preceding the course.  Either Beavermead Park or The Peterborough Rowing Club.   /**/

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Adult ORCKA Level 1 – Evenings

August 13 @ 6:00 pm - August 14 @ 8:30 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$185

Get out on the water during the beautiful summer season. Take advantage of the long evenings. Join us for some fun and a chance to learn from our fabulous ORCKA-certified instructors. Participants will learn safe canoeing practices, basic theory and an introduction to strokes and manoeuvre. If successful you will receive your ORCKA Level 1 certification. Age 16+ Location will be decided in the week preceding the course.  Either Beavermead Park or The Peterborough Rowing Club.   /**/

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Adult ORCKA Level 2 – Evening

August 15 @ 6:00 pm - August 16 @ 8:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$185
three canoes in bay

Pick up some mad skills while paddling down the Otonabee River. Build on the skills introduced in ORCKA Level 1 by refining paddling techniques and performing manoeuvre with more precision. If successful you will receive your ORCKA Level 2 certification. Pre-requisites: ORCKA Basic Canoeing Level 1, equivalent certification or comparable skills (with permission from the course director). Age 16+ Location will be decided in the week preceding the course.  Either Beavermead Park or The Peterborough Rowing Club.   /**/

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Woodburning on a Paddle

August 17 @ 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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End of Summer Day Camp

August 19 @ 9:00 am - August 23 @ 4:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$350

Age 8-10 This high-energy, multi-activity day camp is the perfect way to wrap up the summer! /**/

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End of Summer – Overnight Add On

August 23 @ 4:00 pm - August 24 @ 9:00 am
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$75

Age 8-10 A perfect end to your fantastic week, celebrate with your End of Summer friends with a camping overnight under the stars. /**/

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Drop In Activity: Cross Stitch Bookmark

August 31 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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cross stitch bookmark

This month's activity will have you searching our canoes for hidden patterns.  Make a bookmark using these patterns and your own creative flair.  This activity has a variety of levels of difficulty and is great for adults too! 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.  They…

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September 2019

Celebrate Labour Day!

September 2 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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cross stitch bookmark

Get ready for back to school by searching our canoes for hidden patterns.  Make a bookmark inspired by our collection using a basic cross stitch.  This activity has a variety of levels of difficulty and is great for adults too! 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…

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Make a Rustic Sign

September 12 @ 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 @ 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 @ 8:00 am - September 22 @ 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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Two young men smiling and holding their paddles

/**/ 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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Drop In Craft: Water Art

September 28 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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tile water art

What is your favourite type of water to paddle in?  This month create a beautiful work of art on a tile mimicking the movement of water.  This craft is endlessly creative and rewarding for people of all artistic abilities! 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.…

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October 2019

Make a Coiled Basket

October 5 @ 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 @ 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 @ 8:30 am - October 10 @ 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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Drop In Activity: Celebrate Thanksgiving

October 14 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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leaf decoration craft

Celebrate thanksgiving in a different way this year!  Come check out the museum and make a leaf decoration while you're here.  These leaves make a great thanksgiving decoration, place setting, or small pendant.  Use a variety of textures, letters, and shapes to create a custom decoration.  This craft is great for the young and folks willing to try something new! While you’re here, be sure to visit our family-friendly museum areas to put on a puppet play, paddle a canoe,…

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Drop In Craft: Fall Leaves

October 26 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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Fall leaves craft

Dive into fall with October's craft of the month.  Use a variety of textures, letters, and shapes to create a beautiful leaf.  These leaves will get you in the mood for the hot chocolate, sweaters, and campfires that come with fall. 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…

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Make a Pair of Wool and Leather Mittens

October 31 @ 8:30 am - November 1 @ 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 @ 8:30 am - November 3 @ 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 @ 8:30 am - November 5 @ 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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Drop In Activity: Snow Globes

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

When the weather outside is frightful the museum is extra delightful!  This month join us and make custom snow globe!  Choose from glitters and sequins to make a winter wonderland. 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. They are parent supervised activities. These drop-ins are always…

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December 2019

Carve a Black Cherry Paddle

December 7 @ 9:00 am - December 8 @ 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 @ 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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