JK to Grade 3

To book an elementary 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.


School-day program cost is $8.50*/student for one staff-led program (90min)
Additional staff-led (90 minute) programs are $5.50*/student. 

Lunch space is included in your visit. Option for self-guided tour (recommended 30 minutes) at no additional cost. 

Week-night program cost is $10/student for one program
*Fees are as listed above unless otherwise noted below. There are no additional taxes on education program fees.

Please plan to bring 1 adult (including teachers) for every 5 students (no additional fees). 

Programs are approximately 90 minutes long unless otherwise noted. You are welcome to plan arrival to have time for snack before your programs start.



Puppets Jacques and Kathy need your students' help! Students' measure, count, sort and re-create patterns using colourful, large-format mats to help choose the right canoe for the paddling in different water environments. There's music and movement too: Learn an action-based "how-to-paddle" song and try out kindergartener-sized paddles and our rocking canoe!  A very active, diverse program that focuses on counting, measurement and patterns while addressing many curriculum links.


Frames: Belonging and Contributing, Self-Regulation and Well-Being, Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics Behaviours, Problem Solving and Innovating

Expectations 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 28, 29, 31



Discover Canada’s wildlife, habitats and the needs of living things!  Students join us on an imaginary canoe journey through the woodlands, meeting animal puppets along the way.   Up next: a guided scavenger hunt throughout the Museum to explore and apply these big ideas, finding and gathering ‘lost’ creatures to return them to their appropriate ‘home’ or habitat. A program full of fun, imagination, sorting activities, environmental awareness and music!

Kindergarten BC, SRWB, PSI, Expectations: 1-5, 7,8,9, 13, 14, 21, 25, 28, 29

Grade 1 SCIENCE  Understanding Life Systems: Needs and Characteristics of Living Things

Grade 1-3 Language - Oral Communication 1,2



What makes the canoe a "perfect machine"? Students explore the form, materials, art and function of this Indigenous invention by carrying out their own experiments with canoe design, buoyancy, flotation and surface tension. Also included: handling traditional First Nations’ materials for birch-bark canoe building, a co-operative floor puzzle and canoe origami. Students have the option to take their origami canoe home or send it down the Museum’s indoor waterfall!

Grade 1 Science Understanding Structures and Mechanisms

Grade 2 SCIENCE Properties of Liquids and Solids

Grade 1-3 Visual Arts

Grade 1-3 Language - Oral Communication 1,2



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 ends with a whole-group sharing and analysis of students’ findings.

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

(Grade 4 People and Environments: Political and Physical Regions of Canada)

Grade 1-3 Language - Oral Communication 1,2 Reading 1



An arts- and geography-focused introduction the Museum, canoes and the Great Lakes Region with Holling C. Holling’s classic character, Paddle to the Sea, as host and guide.  We play a cooperative game on a huge floor map of the Great Lakes to reinforce ideas from the story/film about water safety, currents, Ojibwa culture, and lakes, rivers and habitat and mapping. Students get to handle materials for birch-bark canoe building and paint a Paddle to the Sea wooden cutout to take home.

While not required, pre-visit experience of the book or movie will greatly deepen students’ learning experience. Before your visit, please share the book or 30-minute film in English or French for your class. The film is available to stream at no cost from the National Film Board here:  Paddle to the Sea    Voyage a la mer 

Grade 1-3 Visual Arts

Grade 1-3 Language: Oral Communication 1, 2 Reading 1

Grade 1-3 Health and Physical Education Active Living/Living Skills



Carve a unique soapstone pendant using only stone, sandpaper, water and oil! 

A guided exploration of our Arctic Gallery, including handling and discussion of artifacts, provides an introduction to the Inuit cultural context of this art form.

Grade 1-3 Visual Arts

Grade 1-3 Language - Oral Communication 1,2





Interactive and fun activities exploring the five senses throughout the Museum's Galleries! Program elements include bannock-tasting, cooperative storytelling using North American animal puppets, plus learning a song! Students also create (and take home!) a cardstock canoe based on an Ojibwe watercraft in our collection. 

Kindergarten BC, SRWB, DLMB, PSI, Expectations: 1-4, 7,8,9, 21, 22, 23, 25, 28, 29,30

Grade 1-3 Language: Oral Communication 1, 2

Grade 1-3 Visual Arts




A hands-on painting skills program that puts art in the context of expressing one’s culture and connection to the environment. 

Students spend the majority of this program painting. They first learn specific watercolour techniques with artist-quality paint and brushes. And then it’s off into the Galleries, in pairs or groups of 3, to  to apply their newfound skills and create 2 paintings inspired by the exhibits of their choice. A ‘gallery exhibition’ of their work at the end of the program celebrates their creations, allowing each student to share and celebrate each other’s strengths and artistic expressions.

This program is available for grade 2+.

(For a painting program for Kindergarten and Grade 1, ask about our paddle-painting option)

Grade 2-3 Visual Arts

Grade 2-3 Language - Oral Communication 1,2



Duration: 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 and play with the whole Museum to yourselves. Features one program from the list above. Additional hands-on activities and snack time. An indoor campfire full of songs and stories. ‘Camping’ in the Museum’s Voyageur Encampment and/or Wigwam. Departure in the morning by 8:30am. Or add a morning program to further enrich your students’ Museum visit experience for only $5/participant.