Grade 4 to Grade 8

To book a middle school program or for more information email victoria.veenstra@canoemuseum.ca or call 705.748.9153 x218.

Interested in our overnight programs? Download our brochure.

Interested in our overnight programs? Download our brochure.

Fees & Visit Planning

School day program cost is $8.00*/student for one 90-100-minute program block
Additional 90-minute programs are $5.00*/student

Please plan on 2 to 2 1/2 hours at the Museum for a one-program day, or 4 to 4 1/2 hrs for a 2-program day.  

Maximum of 60 students (2 classes of up to 30) per school day. Minimum of 15 students. Smaller groups pay the 15-student minimum fee.  

Weekday (2 hr) evening programs are $10.00/participant (15 participant minimum payment)
 

There are no additional taxes on education program fees

 

1 adult admission (including teachers) for every 8 students is included at no additional cost.   

Programs

Bark, Skin and Cedar (Grade 4)

An active, hands-on exploration of traditional Indigenous watercraft, tied to the grade 3-4 curriculum. Students compare and contrast different First Nations and Inuit watercraft – materials, form, function – and work in pairs or groups of 3 to investigate the geographic regions of Canada connected to each specific craft and culture. Each student works on his or her own mapping activity during the program, which can be taken back to class for assessment or further exploration. This program starts with a short hands-on small-group interactive tour of the galleries’ aboriginal watercraft, and culminates with the students' sharing their findings using a Venn diagram created by the whole class.

A great program for 3/4 splits! 

(Grade 3 Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada 1780-1850)

Grade 4 People and Environments: Political and Physical Regions of Canada, B3

Grade 4 Heritage and Identity: Early Societies, A2, A3

Grade 4 Language – Oral Communication 1.2, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 Reading 1.4, 1.8, 3.2 Writing 1.4, 1.5

 

Trappers and Traders (Grade 5,6,7)

An immersion in fur trade history that students will always remember. Dress up in period costume, trade in the trading post, bake bannock, tie tumplines, handle Voyageur paddles, and visit the Encampment in this day-in-the-life of a Voyageur experience! Our staff, in character as “bourgeois”, facilitate first-hand, hands-on experiences of the stories, language, navigation, trade items, portaging practice, period food and fur-handling in the context of the First Nations', Metis and European relationships at the core of the fur trade. In our debrief of the role-play experience, we facilitate discussion of women's roles in the fur trade, and the legacy of the fur trade relationships between Indigenous and European newcomer populations. Classroom-follow-up will provided on your visit day: A copy of an authentic Voyageur contract in the original French plus English translation. 

Grade 5 Social Studies, Heritage and Identity: First Nations and Europeans in New France and Early Canada

Grade 6 Social Studies, Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada Past and Present

Grade 7 History, New France and British North America, 1713-1850

Grade 4 - 8 Drama B1

Grade 4-8 Language – Oral Communication 1.2, 1.4, 1.8, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4

 

Traditional Knowledge and Skills (Grade 4-8)

A cross-curricular program that explores First Nations’ oral culture, traditional knowledge and skills through storytelling, artifacts and creativity. Students gather knowledge from primary and secondary sources in our collection about the watercraft of the Indigenous peoples of different regions of Canada, and work in small groups to share their findings through drama and movement.  A traditional Mi'kmaq tale told in the Voyageur encampment inspires an exploration of storytelling as a way to share knowledge. Students each create an artifact to help them carry the story home.

Grade 4-8 Drama B1, B2, B3, Visual Arts D1, D3

Grade 4-8 Language – Oral Communication 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.6, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, Reading 1.4, 3.2

 

Path of the Paddle (Grade 4-8)
Please note: This program is NOT available for Overnight or Evening programs.

Explore environmental stewardship, traditional fire-making, and human interaction with the land. Students engage with exhibits throughout the Museum galleries via a scavenger hunt that inspires discussion about their role in environmental stewardship. Outdoors, students learn fire safety and try their hand using fire bows, char cloth, flint and steel, working cooperatively to create fire. A great trip to connect with Earth Day!

Please be sure that students are dressed appropriately for approximately 30 minutes outdoors, and wearing closed-toe shoes.

Grade 4 Social Studies People and Environments B2  

 

Fur Trade Game (Grade 5,6,7)

A knowledge-trading game that immerses students in early New France history! Working in small groups, students explore the Galleries to gather, analyze, record and communicate information about the Fur Trade and its significance for, and perspectives of, First Nations and European participants. They trade knowledge for goods and services with a “trading post clerk”, a “First Nations trapper” and with each other. This activity includes hands-on exploration, evaluation and analysis of reproduction trade goods (of both European and First Nations origins) as well as study of different primary sources – maps, text and images -- in the Museum’s Galleries.  Working in small groups, students will communicate their findings both orally to program leaders, and in writing activities that provide excellent assessment opportunities.  

Grade 5 Social Studies, Heritage and Identity: First Nations and Europeans in New France and Early Canada, A1, A2, A3

Grade 6 Social Studies, Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada Past and Present, A1, A2

Grade 7 History, New France and British North America, 1713-1800 (Continuity and Change, Historical Perspective). While this program addresses the early French period, much of the content is applicable to the 18th century Fur Trade as well. Our staff will modify delivery and emphasis according to your class grade level. 

Grade 4-8 Drama B1

Grade 4-8 Language - Oral Communication 1.2, 1.4, 1.8., 2.2., 2.3, 2.4, 2.6 Reading 1.4, 1.6, 1.8, 1.9, 3.2 Writing 1.3

 

Arctic Paths

What do you know about Arctic life today? Discover and dismantle common misconceptions about how Inuit people live their day-to-day lives and explore continuity and change in traditional Inuit cultures in this fun and collaborative program. Includes active traditional Inuit games, small group inquiry-based learning, and a scavenger hunt! 

Add Soapstone Carving to make a full Arctic-themed day!

Grade 4: Social Studies, Early Societies 3000BCE-1500CE

Grade 6 Social Studies, Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada Past and Present

Grade 4-8 Language – Oral Communication 1.2, 1.4, 2.2, 2.3 Reading 1.4

Grade 4-8 Health and Physical Education, Active Living A1, A3, Movement Competence B1, B2

 

Decoding The Arctic (Grade 5+)

Want to know how to write your name in Inuktitut, the language of the Inuit? Students explore the language, the people, and traditional and contemporary lifestyles of the Arctic. A map-based activity sends students throughout the Museum’s galleries for clues to understanding and communicating in Inuktitut. Students also get a chance to play a variety of traditional Inuit games.

Grade 6 Social Studies, Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada Past and Present

Grade 5 – 8 Language – Oral Communication 1.2, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4

 

Kayak Building

A stimulating hands-on initiative task. Students work together to build an eight-foot skin-on-frame kayak, from a kit based on an Inuit watercraft in the Museum’s collection. Students learn about of kayak-building as a community task in traditional Inuit cultures where different members play distinct and crucial roles. Working collaboratively in small groups, the students problem-solve to discover the best building method for their group and project. A challenging program that promotes team-building and an understanding of Inuit cultures. 

Please note that the kayaks that the students build are not take-homes. 

Grade 6 Social Studies, Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada Past and Present

Grade 4-8 Visual Arts D3

Grade 4 – 8 Language – Oral Communication 3.1, 3.2 Reading 1.4, 3.2

Pre- or Post-Visit Activity: Download a Kayak template here.

 

Paddle Carving 3 hrs, $15/student

Carve a 24” paddle out of poplar! Using a traditional spokeshave tool, students learn the woodworking techniques to take their rough blank to a smoothly-sanded, finished paddle. Students have a beautiful souvenir to take home and treasure. as well as an introduction to all the skills necessary to make a full-size paddle in the future. 

Grade 4-8 Visual Arts D1, D2, D3

Grade 6 Social Studies, Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada Past and Present A1.2 While the majority of this program is hands-on wood-working, we contextualize paddle-making with a brief tour of paddles in our collection, their origins and significance.

 

Soapstone Carving

A hands-on experience of soapstone carving! The majority of the time of this program is hands-on carving (with sandpaper), starting from a 2x3 inch soapstone blank. As well,  we introduce the students this art form in our Arctic Gallery to provide meaningful context, exploring the Inuit cultural tradition in the Arctic environment through our kayak collection and related hands-on artifacts.  

Grade 4-8 Visual Arts D1, D2, D3

Grade 4 Science: A 30-minute Grade 4 Rocks & Minerals activity is an optional $1.50/student add-on. (We briefly touch on the properties of soapstone in the standard 90-minute program)

Grade 4 Social Studies, Heritage and Identity: Early Societies A3.1, A3.2

Grade 6 Social Studies, Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada Past and Present A1.2

 

Watercolour Painting

Whether your students are new to watercolour painting or would like to further develop their skills with the inspiration of our Galleries and instructors, this program provides a unique and stimulating artistic setting that promotes close study of the Museum's traditional indigenous watercraft, artifacts and shape and form.  

Grade 4-8 Visual Arts D1, D2, D3

Depending on the interests of your students and/or the cross-curricular links desired, we can modify this program to emphasize art in the environment, First Nations arts, or environmental activism and canoeing.

 

Overnight at the Museum!
6:00pm-8:30am
Cost: $40*/student
*Food and drinks not included.

The ultimate Museum experience! Arrive just before 6:00pm for an adventurous evening of learning. Features any two programs from the list above, plus an indoor campfire full of songs and stories and time for an evening snack before 'camping’ in the Museum’s Voyageur Encampment and/or Wigwam. Departure in the morning by 8:30am. *Add a 90-minute morning program to further enrich your students’ Museum visit experience ($5/participant).

See pdf flyer linked at the top of this page for more details.

 

Voyageur Canoe Paddling Program (Victoria Day to Thanksgiving)
(4 hours). Please inquire (victoria.veenstra@canoemuseum.ca) about per student cost (includes soapstone carving, kayak-building or watercolour painting), up to 32 participants

Take part in 2 learning-packed, hands-on programs: Voyageur Canoeing and Soapstone Carving. Students have the unique experience of paddling a 36′ Montreal Canoe up the Peterborough Lift Lock. This stunning canoe is a replica of a canoe used in Canada’s Fur Trade era. Students learn about Voyageur history and First Nations’ roles in the Fur Trade through story, role play, and costume, as well as the history and engineering of the lift lock. Back on shore, students will explore the Inuit tradition of soapstone carving (which can be substituted with watercolour painting or our kayak-building programs, see above for descriptions). 

On-water programming is staffed by ORCKA and Bronze Cross-certified instructors; PFDs are worn at all times. A copy of the Museum’s Risk Management Policy is available upon request.

A 2-hour paddling-only program is available upon request for up to 16 participants.

Please note that our on-water programs are based at the Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic site, which is a 10 minute drive from the Museum. Combination Museum- and Lift-lock programming is available dependent on your travel flexibility.

Grade 5 Social Studies, Heritage and Identity: First Nations and Europeans in New France and Early Canada

Grade 6 Social Studies, Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada Past and Present

Grade 7 History, New France and British North America, 1713-1800

Grade 4-8 Health and Physical Education, Active Living, Movement Competence