Boat loads of History at the Canadian Canoe Museum

Long before Adam Van Koeverden and Mark Oldershaw paddled into Canadian Olympic history, native peoples, trappers, traders and voyageurs charted our history in canoes and kayaks.

And nowhere is this history more alive than at the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, the centre of canoe manufacturing for more than a century from 1850 to 1960.  A short drive northeast from the GTA along Highway 35/115, the Canadian Canoe Museum is a national heritage treasure housing the world’s largest collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft.

Located in the heart of the historically important Trent-Severn waterway region, the Museum is a testament to the creativity, ingenuity and tenacity of the explorers who navigated Canada’s waterways.

From the White Birch bark canoes of Native builders to skin kayaks, wooden boats and racing vessels, learn how the canoe has defined the Canadian character and spirit. View more than 100 canoes and kayaks creatively exhibited alongside interactive galleries and workshops.

And if you are experiencing Olympic withdrawal, be sure to check out the paddle Earl “Doc” Whittall loaned and ultimately gifted to American canoeist and competitor Frank Havens during the 1952 Helsinki Games. Frank used it to win a gold medal and set a new world’s record in the 10,000-metre C1 race.

Whether you prefer travelling through history or gliding across beautiful lakes, come to the region that has it all – Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland. After only one visit, we’re sure that “Our Favourite Place” will become your favourite place.