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Canadian Canoe Museum

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

December 2018

Christmas Eve – Early Closing

December 24, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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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Drop In Activity: Snowy Owl

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

Can you spot this snowy creature hiding in the forest?   Make a snowy owl to take home!  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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February 2019

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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5th Annual – The Kawartha Credit Union Great Canadian Family Day

February 18, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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The Kawartha Credit Union Great Canadian Family day logo

The Kawartha Credit Union Great Canadian Family Day! The Canadian Canoe Museum is hosting its 5th annual Great Canadian Family Day, this year generously sponsored by the Kawartha Credit Union! We’ve got lots of activity stations and high-quality take home crafts planned for you and your family, along with discounted family memberships, the day holds something for everyone. Back by popular demand - our Voyageur canoe zip line! Watch as your hand-crafted paddler flies through the galleries. Try your hand…

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

March 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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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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Drop In Activity: March Break Passports

March 9, 2019 @ 10:30 am - March 10, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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march break passport

Kick off your March Break with a brand new museum experience!   Try our March Break passport and go on a trip for your senses.  Find locations around the museum and try out new activities along the way.  This activity is perfect for families to enjoy together. Available from 10:30am-4:00pm Saturday and Sunday.  (While supplies last). 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…

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Mini Paddle Painting

March 11, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$18

Inspired by an exploration of the paddles in our collection from around the world, kids will design and paint their own unique 14-inch (35 cm) basswood paddle to take home. Age 6+ Notes: Please come prepared in painting clothes.  Smocks will be provided. Register at this Link  

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Arctic Adventures

March 11, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$18

We start off the program with a trip to our Origins gallery. Kids get a chance to learn about where the tradition of soapstone carving originates; handle some materials and tools of the North; then get a sneak peak, at some beautiful soapstone carvings from the collection. Sing songs, play Traditional Inuit games, then carve your own soap stone sculpture to take home. Age 6+ Notes: Come prepared to get a little dusty! Register at this Link

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Limberjacks!

March 12, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$60
boy playing with limberjack

This program is a kid favourite! Build your own limberjack toy from scratch, and give him/her a costume, hair, and more. Woodworking, fabric arts and music all in one program. Kids and limberjacks alike will be tapping their toes by the end of this fun filled day! Age 8+ Learn more https://canoemuseum.ca/2013-11-05-return-of-the-limberjack/ Notes: Participants are welcome to bring an instrument if they have one. Participants should wear painting clothes.  Smocks will be provided. Lunch supervision is included in this program. Participants…

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Arctic Adventures

March 13, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$18

We start off the program with a trip to our Origins gallery. Kids get a chance to learn about where the tradition of soapstone carving originates; handle some materials and tools of the North; then get a sneak peak, at some beautiful soapstone carvings from the collection. Sing songs, play Traditional Inuit games, then carve your own soap stone sculpture to take home. Age 6+ Notes: Come prepared to get a little dusty! Register at this Link

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Is that you in the Canoe?!

March 13, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$18

Be an artist, a scientist, a builder, and a voyageur. Explore the wonder of the canoe; its form, materials, art and function. Watch out for the rocks as you race your canoe down the waterfall! Finally, paint YOURSELF into your own 13-inch (33cm) basswood canoe cutout to take home! Age 6+ Notes: Come prepared to paint!  Smocks will be provided. Register at this Link

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Wanigans

March 14, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$48
Boy with wanigan

Try your hand at woodworking and create a mini-version of a wanigan (a traditional canoe tripping equipment box with its own unique carrying system). Explore its origins and variations as you hunt through the museum to find the pieces you need to build your wanigan. Our patient and experienced staff will guide participants in a hands-on building experience. Spend the afternoon adding a game function to your wanigan and painting it with your own design. Finish up the afternoon with…

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2ft Paddle Carving

March 15, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$35
Boy with spoke shave

Carve a 24” (61cm) paddle out of basswood! Using a traditional spoke shave tool, students learn the woodworking techniques to take their rough blank to a smoothly-sanded, finished paddle. Participants have a beautiful souvenir to take home and treasure. as well as an introduction to all the skills necessary to make a full-size paddle in the future. Age 9+ Notes: No previous wood working experience required. Close toe shoes are required. Lunch supervision is included in this program. Participants should…

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Drop In Activity: March Break Passport

March 15, 2019 @ 10:30 am - March 17, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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march break passport

Pack your bags and head to the Canoe Museum!  Travel around the galleries on a trip for your senses.  Find various locations around the museum and get new experiences along the way. This activity is perfect for families to enjoy together. Available from 10:30am-4:00pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  (While supplies last). While you’re here, 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…

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Souvenir Paddle Arts

March 15, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$12

Take your paddle to the next level! Participants will create and paint their own designs using bold colours and patterns for the blade. Complete your paddle by adding a traditional waterproof natural non-toxic oil finish where your hands meet the wood. Age 9+ Notes: Please come prepared to paint. You must participate in the morning program in order to sign up for this program. Register at this Link

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Drop In Craft: Masks and Tracks

March 30, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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Animal Masks

Look who's excited about our latest drop in craft!  This month make an animal mask and travel around the museum looking for the tracks they left in our galleries.  Choose between a variety of amazing woodland creatures. 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 self-directed Family Drop-in Activities happen every last Saturday of the month. These…

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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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Easter Egg Hunt

April 20, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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Come to the museum for our annual Easter activities!  Bring your own basket to gather eggs hidden throughout the Museum and once you’ve found 10, collect a treat! We've also got extra self-directed crafts in addition to our kid friendly galleries. Our Family Drop-in Activities happen every last Saturday of the month, and are free with museum admission or Family Membership.  Remember, family membership is only $50/year and includes free admission, discounts on kids’ workshops, March Break, Summer Camp and the…

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Easter Monday: Bunny Sachet

April 22, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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Stuffed bunny craft

We're celebrating easter with an exciting drop in craft!  Bring the smell of spring into your home.  Kids will have the chance to do some basic sewing and create their own little bunny sachet to enjoy! 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…

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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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Drop In Craft: Owl Lanterns

April 27, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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owl craft

Have a hoot at the Canoe Museum with this month's craft!  Our owl is hiding in this campsite but you can make a little owl lantern to hide in your own house. 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…

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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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Campfires & Cocktails

May 4, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$75

Join us for a unique opportunity to sample campfire inspired cuisine prepared and served by local culinary experts while listening to the sensational sounds of The Dixie Hicks (Kate Brioux, Melissa Payne and Kate Suhr) and strolling through the galleries of The Canadian Canoe Museum. Guests will be invited to participate in a live auction featuring paddles painted by local artisans and Canadian celebrities. Funds raised through the event will support the award-winning educational and public programs offered at the Museum.

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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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Drop In Activity: Victoria Day

May 20, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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Lace boat craft

To celebrate Victoria Day we're making Victorian style lace boats!  Customize your boat made of natural materials and give it a float test.  Then see if you can find a courting canoe in our galleries. 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…

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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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Drop In Activity: Lace Boats

May 25, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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lace boat craft

This month's Saturday craft is a delicate ship. Customize your boat made of natural materials and give it a float test.  For an extra challenge find a canoe with a sail in our galleries. 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…

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Touch a Truck

May 26, 2019 @ 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.  Admission: $5 per person (2 years of age and older) and includes admission to the museum!  (Cash only at our registration tent outside; for debit/credit please get your…

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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

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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National Indigenous People’s Day

June 21, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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Drop-in-to-Draw

July 6, 2019
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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Starting THIS SATURDAY, from now on, you can drop-in-to-draw at the museum—anytime. Slow down, and using a special kit prepared just for you, explore the artifacts and stories that connect us all by canoe. The kit, just $2 with regular admission, is free to members. It includes artist-quality pencils and paper, a sketching board, and a techniques tip sheet, for use on site. This is just one of our #summerunplugged programs. Watch for more!

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Adult ORCKA Level 1&2 (Weekend Course)

July 13, 2019 @ 9:00 am - July 14, 2019 @ 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, 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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Adult ORCKA Level 2&3 (Weekend Course)

July 20, 2019 @ 9:00 am - July 21, 2019 @ 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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Drop In Craft: Magnetic Fishing Fun

July 27, 2019 @ 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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Kawartha Highlands Canoe Trip – Five Days

July 29, 2019 @ 9:00 am - August 2, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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Adult Intro to Paddling – Evening

August 12, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - August 14, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - August 16, 2019 @ 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, 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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End of Summer Day Camp

August 19, 2019 @ 9:00 am - August 23, 2019 @ 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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Textile Canoe: A Participatory Art Project with Vanessa Coplan

August 22, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Thursday, repeating until September 26, 2019

An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Saturday, repeating until September 28, 2019

An event every week that begins at 12:30 pm on Sunday, repeating until September 29, 2019

One event on October 6, 2019 at 12:30 pm

One event on October 5, 2019 at 10:30 am

Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
Vaness Coplan laying her head on a multicoloured blanket

Join us for a drop-in textile arts workshop brought to the Museum by Vanessa Coplan, an Ottawa-based fibre and mixed media artist with a background in collaborative community arts. As a participant, and will weave, tie, pull, wrap, knit and sew textiles to create a 14-foot canoe over the course of the next month, culminating in a temporary exhibit in the Museum. Coplan has used the wire and textile sculpture techniques in other community projects - but this is the…

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Textile Canoe: a Participatory Art Project with Vanessa Coplan

August 24, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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Join us for a drop-in textile arts workshop brought to the Museum by Vanessa Coplan, an Ottawa-based fibre and mixed media artist with a background in collaborative community arts. As a participant, and will weave, tie, pull, wrap, knit and sew textiles to create a 14-foot canoe over the course of the next month, culminating in a temporary exhibit in the Museum. Coplan has used the wire and textile sculpture techniques in other community projects - but this is the…

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Wapikoni Cinema On Wheels

August 29, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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SCREENING AND FILMMAKER Q&A TAKES PLACE AUGUST 29: DOORS OPEN AT 7:30 PM, EVENT BEGINS AT 8 PM As part of its 2019 tour, Wapikoni’s Cinema on Wheels will make a stop at The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario. Members of the public are invited to the museum on August 29 at 7:30 pm for a free screening of a one-hour showcase of Indigenous short films and a Q&A session with filmmaker Keith Whiteduck. In its third year, the…

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Drop In Activity: Cross Stitch Bookmark

August 31, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 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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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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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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Drop In Activity: Celebrate Thanksgiving

October 14, 2019 @ 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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12th Annual Beaver Club Gala

October 19, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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THE BEAVER CLUB GALAThe 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 collectionEducation at The Canadian Canoe MuseumThe museum’s programs for children and…

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Drop In Craft: Fall Leaves

October 26, 2019 @ 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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Matthews Fellowship Lecture with Kate Harris

October 29, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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Lands of Lost Borders: The Meaning of Exploration in a Modern, Mapped World Between sneaking illegally across Tibet, studying the history of science at Oxford, and staring down a microscope for a doctorate at MIT, Kate Harris realized that she didn't have to launch to the planet Mars to feel a sense of discovery. Weaving adventure, history, and reflections on her travels, Harris joins us to explore the meaning of "exploration" on our mapped and tamed world in this talk…

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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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George P Luste Lecture with Claudia Van Wijk

November 17, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$10

Speaker: Claudia Van Wijk Free/by donation for Wilderness Canoe Symposium and Canoe Museum members and volunteers Tickets available $10 (all funds support the Museum) 910 Monaghan Road More information: https://canoemuseum.ca/adults/george-luste-lecture/ 

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Drop In Activity: Snow Globes

November 30, 2019 @ 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, 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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Winter Break Activities & Crafts

December 27, 2019 @ 10:30 am - January 5, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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Join us at The Canadian Canoe Museum for canoes and crafts this winter break! From December 27th to January 5th, our galleries will be filled with drop-in seasonal activities and crafts to make and take home, including mason jar snow globes, Northern Lights art, and more.Our drop-in activities are available thirty minutes after opening and up until thirty minutes before closing (Monday to Saturday, 10:30am-4:30pm; Thursday until 7:30pm; and Sunday, 12:30-4:30pm), and are free with admission or membership! Parent/guardian supervision is…

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January 2020

Drop In Craft: Canoe Keychains

January 25, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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Two Canoe Keychains (Light and Dark Brown) on a Large Rock

Create your very own leather canoe keychain to remind you of great day paddling days ahead! While you’re here, be sure to visit our family-friendly areas to put on a puppet play, paddle a canoe, build a link-n-log camp, set the camp table and more. Our self-directed Family Drop-in Activities happen every last Saturday of the month. These drop-ins are free with museum admission or Family Membership. Remember, Family Membership is only $50 per year, and includes unlimited free admission,…

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February 2020

2020 Wipper Lecture: Canoes and Canvas, Jessica Dunkin

February 2, 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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Join 2020 Wipper Lecture guest Jessica Dunkin, in conversation with author James Raffan about her recent book, Canoe and Canvas, which examines the summer encampments of the American Canoe Association between 1880 and 1910 and the social and cultural landscape, challenging the stories we tell about the role of the canoes in society. The event is free/by optional donation, but you are asked to reserve a seat. We have reached our capacity for reserved seating for this event! We are…

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6th Annual – The Great Canadian Family Day

February 17, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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The Great Canadian Family Day! The Canadian Canoe Museum is hosting its 6th annual Great Canadian Family Day! We’ve got lots of activity stations and high-quality take home crafts planned for you and your family, along with discounted family memberships, the day holds something for everyone. Back by popular demand – our Voyageur canoe zip line! Watch as your hand-crafted paddler flies through the galleries. Try your hand at our clam game, create your very own shadow puppets, scratch art just…

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Make a Wet-Felted Scarf

February 29, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$120

Enjoy a day at the museum making this wearable piece of art with amazing instructor Christianna Ferguson.

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February Drop In Craft: Felt Hand Warmers

February 29, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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Beat that cold February weather. Make a felt canoe hand warmer to keep those hands toasty! While you’re here, be sure to visit our family-friendly areas to put on a puppet play, paddle a canoe, build a link-n-log camp, set the camp table and more. Our self-directed Family Drop-in Activities happen every last Saturday of the month. These drop-ins are free with museum admission or Family Membership. Remember, Family Membership is only $50 per year, and includes unlimited free admission,…

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April 2020

POSTPONED:2nd Annual Campfires & Cocktails

April 18, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$75

Out of concern and caution for everyone’s wellbeing and taking into account recommendations from health officials, we have made the decision to postpone Campfires & Cocktails, scheduled for April 18, due to the scale and nature of the event. Please read our full statement on our blog. Join us for the second annual Campfires & Cocktails at The Canadian Canoe Museum! Sample campfire inspired cuisine prepared and served by local culinary experts while listening to the sensational sounds of local musicians, and stroll…

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July 2020

Make a Leather-Bound Journal

July 18, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$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! 

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Carve a Mini Canoe Paddle

July 23, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$35

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!

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August 2020

Make a Beaded Medallion

August 1, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$120

Workshop instructor, Matthew Morval Vukson* is a Tlicho Dene Bead Artist that specializes in the two needle method and owns 7th Fire Beading Designs.

Participants in this class will learn traditional techniques, beading on to fine wool and at the end of the workshop they will have their own beaded medallion. All materials are supplied.

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Woodburning a Decorative Paddle

August 8, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$180
Wood-burned paddles with a wolf and a hare

Learn the art of woodburning while decorating a paddle!

You will plan your graphics and spend the day creating a decorative design on your 4' decorative paddle. Experienced instructor, Cara Jordan will guide you through the process giving you tricks and tips to feel confident with your woodburning tool.  

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September 2020

Caribou Hair Tufting

September 5, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$150

Join Sandra D Moore as we create beautiful flowers using caribou hair on velvet.  Participants will enjoy a day completing a 6" x 6" piece that can be put into a shadowbox frame (not included).  All supplies including more than 10 colours of caribou hair will be provided. This art form, found more readily in the north, is at risk of being lost if not shared. 

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Carve a Full-Size Canoe Paddle

September 19, 2020 @ 8:00 am - September 20, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$298

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.

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Porcupine Quills on Birch Bark

September 26, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$180

Combining art with practicality, enjoy a day with Sandra D Moore while she teaches you the techniques of Porcupine Quill art. In this class you will make your own key chain.  Sandra will share her knowledge of harvesting quills, harvesting birch bark, as well as dyeing and storing quills and much more.  All supplies and tools are provided.  This ancient Anishnaabe art form is at risk of being lost if not shared. 

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October 2020

Make a Coiled Basket with a Woodburned Insert

October 24, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$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 the coiled basket using fibre rush, twine, and a large darning needle. Coiling involves spiraling a coil outward and upward, stitching each new row to the previous one. After learning the basic techniques, you can personalize your project by choosing your own basket shape and even embellishing your project with beads or coloured string.

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Make a Pair of Winter Moccasins

October 31, 2020 @ 8:00 am - November 1, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$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 courses!

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November 2020

Weave a Pair of Snowshoes

November 2, 2020 @ 8:30 am - November 3, 2020 @ 5:30 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$395

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.

Your instructors for this course are Kielyn and Dave Marrone, husband and wife team and owners of the Sudbury-based company Lure of the North.

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Make Your Own Anorak

November 5, 2020 @ 8:30 am - November 6, 2020 @ 5:30 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$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 materials are provided! 

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Make a Pair of Wool and Leather Mittens

November 7, 2020 @ 8:30 am - November 8, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$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 two days learning from the best in the business, ending with a beautiful pair of highly functional, hand-made mittens. 

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Make a Woven Birch Bark Star Ornament

November 19, 2020 @ 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 folding and weaving a birch bark star ornament.

Learn the technique first with paper strips, then move on to making your ornament out of ethically harvested birch bark. These beautiful, simple birch bark stars can be turned into an ornament, garland or earrings - the possibilities are endless!

No experience is necessary, but some manual dexterity is required.

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December 2020

Carve a Full-Size Canoe Paddle

December 5, 2020 @ 9:00 am - December 6, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada
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$298

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.

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