At The Canadian Canoe Museum we strive to redefine the visitor experience to ensure that all learners feel involved and engaged while interacting with the collection. Plus, great photo opportunities exist at every turn in the Museum
Family-friendly! Interactive! Educational!
- Puppet Theatre: filled with Canada’s wildlife creatures just waiting to be brought to life.
- Craft Station: kids young and old can decorate, cut out, and shape their own cardboard canoes.
- Canoe Drum: a full size 16’ canoe turned into a drum that just screams ‘play me’.
- Building Table: Roy Toy building sets and little wooden canoes on a play table where kids can spend time building boat houses, boat sheds, or their very own museum.
- Voyageur Encampment: invites those young and old to climb under an overturned 36’ birch bark canot du maitre, where it is possible to imagine oneself falling asleep along the bank of the French River. Kids can also try a true to life 90lb canoe pack or pick up a paddle and try to paddle 50-60 strokes per minute just like the voyageurs.
- Dress-up: the whole family can try on woolen Hudson Bay Company capotes, mittens and booties and try weaving a snowshoe, or learn to finger weave the iconic Voyageur belt, the ceinture flechee.
- Get in a canoe: there is a modern day canoe (on industrial springs) that kids can get into to rock and roll their way through the whitewater – be sure to put safety first and put on a PFD! The canoe is even equipped with paddles so that kids can show off their expert canoeing skills.
- Relax and read: there is a reading nook with canoe and nature-themed children's books for the budding to escape into.
- Experience the fur trade: there are real beaver pelts to touch and engage with, which invoke the ‘wow’ factor and encourage kids to contemplate how this country depended on the beaver fur trade.
- Sit in a wigwam: the birch bark winter wigwam is a special place to gather around the faux fire and listen to a recorded story being told by a Mi’kmaq elder.
The fun doesn’t stop in the Museum galleries! In the Museum Shop there is a whole area devoted to kids, with great books, toys, puzzles, games, puppets (just like those in the Puppet Theatre) and inexpensive goodies that all kids seem to love.