Hands-On Experiences and Workshops in Peterborough & the Kawarthas
What memories will you make?
Peterborough & the Kawarthas is home to many highly skilled individuals, which you can learn more about through the Meet the Makers of Peterborough & the Kawarthas video series. Rather than just watching them create their own products, you can put your hands to work and create your own as well! What an incredible memory you will form and be able to take home with you as a reminder of your incredible journey to Peterborough & the Kawarthas. Whether you’re looking for an experience to create unique food and drink concoctions in the kitchen or create your own products to use such as a paddle for your canoe, there are so many great hands-on opportunities!
The Canadian Canoe Museum is a unique and national heritage centre that is worth visiting to learn more about the significance of the canoe throughout Canada’s history. They have fascinating collections available for viewing that’s worth a trip to the museum on its own. However, the Museum has more to offer as they have a variety of hands-on experiences as well, offering workshops throughout the year. Recent workshops offered by the Canadian Canoe Museum have included: Make a Canoe Paddle, Make a Pair of Moccasins (they have offered workshops on both summer moccasins and winter moccasins), Upscale Camp Cooking and many others. To find an incredible workshop to build your own memory please visit the Canadian Canoe Museum to learn about their workshop offerings at canoemuseum.ca.
A different type of hands-on experience that the Canadian Canoe Museum offers is the Voyageur Canoe Tours at the Peterborough Lift Lock. This one-of-a-kind tour involves paddling a 36’ foot Montreal canoe, just like the voyageurs! Previous paddling experience is not required. Additional information for the Voyageur Canoe Tour can be found also be found at canoemuseum.ca
If paddling isn’t for you, but you still want to take a trip back in time and experience other types of historical workshops, Lang Pioneer Village offers Traditional Music Workshops and Textile Master Classes. The Traditional Music Workshops in the past have included: Folk Songs of Peterborough County, Five-String Banjo for Beginners and Intermediate Players, and An Introduction to Improvisation for Acoustic Guitar and Banjo. The Textile Master Classes consists of a five-day beginner quilting workshop with acclaimed quilter Alice Olsen Williams/ Minaachimo-Kwe. Please visit langpioneervillage.ca for workshop dates and any additional information.
The Rice Lake Gallery has been home to sculpting workshops since 2006. Each year a Zimbabwean sculptor, represented by ZimArt, is invited to Canada to be the artist-in-residence for the season. During their stay in Canada, the artists lead sculpting workshops at the gallery. The workshops are five-days and for adults (participants must be at least 18 years old), and are open to all levels of participants from beginners to experienced carvers. They have also begun to offer a two-day introductory stone sculpting workshop. To book a workshop visit zimart.ca. The Rice Lake Gallery hosts special events for “hands-on” experiences throughout the summer including Plein Air Painting Inspired by Sculpture, Life Drawing in Nature, Yoga & Meditation, and African Dance Workshops. Please visit zimart.ca for dates and more information.
Peterborough’s local art gallery offers adult workshops with instructors that help bring out the creativity in participants. Class sizes are always restricted to small groups to allow more individual attention. Past workshops have included Exploring Creativity, Encaustic: The Ancient Art of Painting with Beeswax and Exhibition Tours. Participants must be 16 years of age and older. To find a workshop that inspires your inner artist, visit agp.on.ca.
Feeling artistic? Interested in pottery and throwing clay? The Kawarthas Potters Guild offers various workshops throughout the year. Click here to learn more about upcoming classes and workshops.
Want to learn more about the Ojibwa culture while engaging in a hands-on experience? The Curve Lake Cultural Centre offers workshops in which you learn the process of Ojibwa craft-making and traditional cultural practices. Learn to understand nature as well as learn the skills to create your own essentials with any of these workshops: food preservation, moss bag making, beading and weaving. Check out their events calendar for upcoming workshops at curvelakefirstnation.ca
The Kawartha Artists’ Gallery & Studio exhibits a variety of artists that each hold unique artistic skills. Many of their featured artists lead workshops, teaching through their own creative vision. Artists and workshops have included Lucy Manley: Landscapes in Oil and Acrylic and Bill Lockington: Photography. To find an artist that interests you, visit their website at kawarthaartists.org
Gardens Plus is home to award-winning display gardens with an array of beautiful flowers and plants. The hosts welcome guests both individually and in larger groups. If you are looking to enhance your groups’ experience, contact Dawn to organize a mini-workshop for a small fee. Find more details and contact information on their website: gardensplus.ca.
Children’s Summer Programs & Workshops
If you’re looking for hands-on activities for children throughout the summer, a great place to consider is the historic Hutchison House Museum. Visit hutchisonhouse.ca for more information and their events calendar.
Peterborough Museum and Archives is a great place for children to learn through hands-on experiences throughout the year, with different workshops for ages 4 to 6 and ages 7 to 11, including a Youth Leadership program for ages 14+. Visit peterboroughmuseumandarchives.ca for information regarding summer discovery camps!
The Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters Children’s Programs is a great way to immerse children in nature and natural education. Students learn a variety of survival skills as well as outdoor sports skills. O.F.A.H. organizes a variety of children programs throughout all school breaks such as summer, March break and P.A. Days. For dates and more information, visit their website at hfhc.ca
The Whetung Ojibwa Centre offers workshops that are age-appropriate for schools and camps. Have your children learn about the Ojibwa culture, traditions and practices through hands-on workshops. Participants can enjoy workshops such as Make your own Dreamcatcher, Make your own Necklace and Paint your own Totem Stone. Find out more about their educational programs at whetung.com.
Beavermead Campground offers Discovery Days throughout the summer for families and anyone interested in environmental workshops. They try to help people feel more comfortable in nature and with animals. Get out in nature with Yoga in the Park or TackleShare Fishing workshops! Find the full listing of events on Discovery Days at beavermeadcampground.com
The Art School of Peterborough offers a variety of adult and youth workshops and courses such as painting or pottery date nights, glass art, painting, pottery, drawing, jewellery and photography.