Canadian Canoe Museum Peterborough, Canada

The canoe was the most important means of transport in Canada and many areas of the USA up to the 19th century. The Canadian Canoe museum (Canadian canoe museum) in Peterborough, Ontario is the only museum in North America specialized in canoes.

It started with a canoe from the period around 1890. With this canoe Professor Kirk W. Wipper founded the Kanawa Museum at Camp Kandalore north of Minden, Ontario. The collection grew and in 1994 Professor Wipper transferred the responsibility for collection to a charitable organization. On 1 July 1997, the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough opened. The Canadian Canoe was museum in Peterborough opened up on July 1st, 1997.In 2006, His Royal Highness Prince Andrew became patron of the museum. He donated three canoes from the collections of the royal family, which are exhibited in the museum.
In the meanwhile the collection contains over 600 canoes and kayaks and mainly concentrates on the canoes of the indigenous people of Canada such as the Algonkin, the Mi'kmaq or the Abenaki.
Artisans are keeping the traditional skills alive. Since 2002, canoe builders of the First Nations and Inuit are invited to pass on their knowledge and skills. Also stages in the history like the use of a Mi’kmaq canoe become again alive.

There is a scientific collection of historical canoes meant for various purposes. You see canoes of the indigenous peoples handmade and decorated with beautiful ornaments, built for hunting and war, but also rare deep-sea canoes or the canoes of the explorers. There are also comfort courting canoes, as the canoe of 1904 with gramophone, used by a generation that did get into a canoe to enjoy themselves. A traditional Mi'kmaq wigwam or equipment of the land-hungry pioneers, once breaking up into the vastness of the North is displayed.

Modern canoes for Olympic sports disciplines, of course, all made in Canada, complete the collection. Thus, for example, the whitewater kayak Model Obsession II, which was built and used by the Canadian kayaking champion Monika Moisander-Gillespie in 1998 at the World Cup in Germany, or the Singles Racing Canoe Delta Model used by Olympic canoe athlete John Wood in his last international race at World Masters Games 1985.

Of course you find more about Bill Mason, conservationist and award-winning Canadian naturalist, author, artist and filmmaker. He is highly appreciated by canoeists due to his educational films and books.

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