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.
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.
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.
What else can I do nearby?
- Get out on the water in your own watercraft from Wild Rock Outfitters or Liftlock Paddle Co.
- Explore some of the incredible restaurants in the Hunter Street Café District
- Check out some of the Canoe Museum’s other artisan workshops – woodworking, weaving, leatherwork – or take part in one of their Voyageur Canoe Tours
- Are you a craft beer lover? Enjoy the region’s Brews, Bites and Barns Brewery Discovery Routes
Businesses associated with this Authentic Adventure
The Canadian Canoe Museum