The Canadian Canoe Museum, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

I’m Carolyn Hyslop, I’m the Public Programs
Manager here at the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario. The Canadian Canoe Museum is a unique Heritage
Center that explores the canoe’s enduring significance to the people of Canada. The Canadian Canoe Museum’s collection begun
with Kirk Wipper who was a director at Camp Kandalore near Haliburton. And Kirk Wipper began collecting canoes and
storing them at the camp in the dining hall and eventually into a large log cabin. In, around 1997, the collection was moved
into Peterborough. We have the largest collection in the world
of canoes, kayaks and paddle watercraft and a number of award winning education programs,
adult artisan programs. And we are a really family-friendly museum
with exhibits and galleries designed with families in mind. So you can sit and read a book to your child
about the canoe and have them playing with a lincoln log set at the same time, while
they build themselves a canoe shack. One of the reasons I love working at a destination
in Peterborough & the Kawarthas is that I get to meet a number of visitors to the area
who are here to tell us their stories about the canoe. A big focus of our galleries here at the museum
focus around the original craft. So the first canoes and kayaks used prior
to Europeans arriving. Prior to any settlement of any sort were the
First Nations People. And their craft are featured upstairs, we
have a large collection of birch bark canoes, seal skin kayaks and the big dugouts from
the West Coast. Those types of craft were used for fishing,
hunting, living, moving around, culture, art, long before anybody else arrived in Canada. Then those original craft were used by early
traders to open up different routes within Canada and trade with the First Nations People. And that’s sort of where the story of Europeans
settlement comes in. So that’s sort of where the story always begins
when you talk about the Canoe Museum is with the original people of Canada. And so when you start to see all these stories
linking together, you start to realize that the canoe is a really important part of people’s
life even if they don’t realize it. Once they get here, they realize the history
of Canada and how the history of Canada can be told through the canoe. And our story is Canadian’s and basically
the rest of the world as well.

One thought on “The Canadian Canoe Museum, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

  1. I grew up in Peterborough and never visited the canoe centre. I will 100% visit when I return to visit family this summer. Funny thing is that I own two canoes and avidly canoe every summer in Grey Bruce counties. Guess I'll have to strap on my canoe when I drive over that way. Thanks for the video – I'll tweet it on @gemwebb so Ontario learns about this great spot.

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