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Paddling Experiences

Paddling Experiences

Experience the canoe as it’s meant to be – on the water!

At The Canadian Canoe Museum, we are dedicated to inspiring both new and experienced paddlers. We thrive on your passion for learning about the canoe’s roots and love to see that passion grow when you hop into a canoe.

We have several options for you to get on the water, suitable for all paddling abilities.

When you’re ready to paddle, visit our Canoe House and the docks on our Lakefront Campus. From there, we launch our Voyageur Canoe Tours, canoe and kayak rentals, and welcome visitors who are paddling to the Museum.

Whether you’re renting a watercraft, going on a guided tour, or bringing your own canoe, our amazing staff are ready to help you with anything you may need on the docks.

Canoe & Kayak Rentals

We have a fleet of canoes and kayaks to offer you for your adventures: tandem canoes, 3-seaters, and kayaks. Each rental comes with a paddle, bailer kit, and lifejacket. Staff will be at the docks to assist you in and out of watercraft as needed.

  • Rent by the hour.
  • Open May – October.
  • Walk-ons are subject to availability.
  • The last rental leaves at 4 PM.
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A woman wearing a personal flotation device is seated at the front of a canoe, holding a paddle and looking back over her shoulder towards the camera while bracing herself on a floating dock.
A large voyageur canoe is paddled across Little Lake.

Voyageur Canoe Tours

Join a guided group tour of Little Lake and surrounding waterways in one of our 36’ or 25’ Voyageur Canoes. Our knowledgeable guides discuss the natural and human history of the region while teaching the nuances of paddling a freight canoe.

Each rental comes with a paddle and a lifejacket with bailer kits aboard. Staff will be at the docks to assist you in and out of watercraft as needed.

  • Open May – October, weather permitting.
  • Tours leave at 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM each day.
  • Walk-ons are subject to availability.
  • Maximum of 20 people per group.
  • Minimum weight requirement of 30 lbs.
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Bring Your Own Canoe or Kayak

Arrive in your own canoe or kayak or bring your own along for a post-exhibits paddle! You can use our docks or a naturalized sloped put-in. Staff are available to assist with your entry and exit at either spot.

Canoe / Kayak Racks are available near the cafe terrace. Please bring your own lock to secure your watercraft.

The Canadian Canoe Museum is not liable for any damage or theft of your belongings that may occur during use of the canoe / kayak racks.

A man and a woman paddle down a river in two separate red canoes.

Have a look at the current conditions on Little Lake

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Dive Deeper with an Exhibition Tour

Embark on a captivating journey through The Canadian Canoe Museum’s galleries with our immersive Deep Dive Exhibition Tours! Led by expert docents, explore six thematic exhibits, uncover hidden gems, and discover the incredible stories and people behind the more than 100 watercraft on display!

Add a tour to your admission ticket

An Algonquin birch bark canoe built by William and Mary Commanda of Kitigan Zibi, Quebec. (Photo Credit: Michael Cullen)

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The Canadian Canoe Museum respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on the Treaty 20 Michi Saagiig territory and the traditional territory covered by the Williams Treaties First Nations. The Canadian Canoe Museum also recognizes the contributions of Indigenous Peoples including First Nations, Inuit and Métis, in shaping this community and country as a whole.

As an organization that stewards the world’s largest and most significant collection of canoes, kayaks & paddled watercraft, we will honour and share the cultural histories and stories within the collection in all that we do.

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2077 Ashburnham Dr
Peterborough, ON
K9L 1P8

Phone: 705-748-9153

Email: [email protected]


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