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Paddle Carving at The Canadian Canoe Museum

Authentic Adventure

Peterborough & the Kawarthas has been shaped by its connection to the shining water that flows through our region. Shape your path forward with this fun paddle carving workshop as you immerse yourself in “canoe culture” at this national museum – that is just a quick portage from Peterborough’s vibrant downtown.

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Paddle Carving Workshops

If you liked this – the museum offers a wide variety of artisan workshops appealing to all tastes. Whether you’re interested in woodworking, weaving, leatherwork, sewing, or simply learning a new skill there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Info & Registration

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If you are already a member of The Canadian Canoe Museum you will receive a 10% discount off the workshop cost. It’s easy to become a member if you aren’t already one.

To Register or for more information contact Beth at 705 748 9153 x 206

Roll up your sleeves and find yourself immersed in the canoe culture that this region is known for. This hands-on workshop is held amongst the world’s largest collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft, making it an ideal spot to draw inspiration from the artisans who have come before you.

Come away prepared to paddle your own canoe (quite literally). With the guidance of a supportive, local expert, you can create your own beautiful carved and sanded black cherry paddle and go home with all varnishing supplies to see it complete. 

a person carves a piece of wood
a person carves a piece of wood
close-up image of a person carving a piece of wood
two people smile while carving wood

What to expect

Expect to tap into your own talents and creativity, while sharing some moments with friends or creating some new ones.

Using traditional tools, you will get a handle on the techniques quickly, and then take your time to complete a paddle ready to be taken out on the water (or transformed into decor – you choose). All tools are provided and we recommend you come prepared to get a little dusty.

This workshop takes place over two days, and is open to those at a variety of skill levels.

Why is Peterborough known as Canada’s Canoe Capital?

Paddling in Peterborough is serious business, when you’re a region at the heart of one of Canada’s greatest waterways, canoes and kayaks are well-suited vessels for exploration.

The city has a history of being home to canoe and boat manufacturers – both artisan makers, as well as well-known operations like the Peterborough Canoe Company, in fact the museum’s current location is in the old Outboard Marine manufacturing facility, and will soon be moving to the foot of the Peterborough Lift Lock (a great place to navigate the waters from).

Each year, the region becomes the place to be for both National Paddling Week and National Canoe Day.

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