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Don’t miss the opportunity to get your kids into some great summer camps where they can enjoy the outdoors and new experiences.

The Canadian Canoe Museum has been offering a variety of summer paddling day camps and multi-day canoe trips for youth ages 8 to 14 for over 10 years. Whether your child is a novice paddler or a seasoned canoe enthusiast, there is a camp for everyone.


Source: https://www.canoemuseum.ca/paddling-camps/

Camps are based on the Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association (ORCKA) principles and skill levels.

The camps are popular! Register your child asap or you may have to put their name on a waitlist. Choose from:

  • Basics of canoeing one day camp June 29th for ages 8-10
  • ORCKA Level 1 four-day camp July 3rd to July 6th, ages 10-13
  • ORCKA Levels 2/3/4 five-day camp July 9th to 14th ages 11-14
  • ORCKA Levels 1/2 five-day camp July 16th to July 20th ages 10-13
  • Basics of Canoeing one day camp July 18th Ages 8-10
  • Boys Kawartha Highlands five-day canoe trip July 23-July 27 ages 11-13
  • Girls Kawartha Highlands five-day canoe trip July 30-Aug. 3rd ages 11-13
  • Learn to Camp 4 days/2 overnights Aug.7th to Aug. 10th ages 8-10.
  • End of Summer Day Camp Aug. 27th to Aug 31st ages 8-10.


Source: https://www.canoemuseum.ca/paddling-camps/

If your child’s interest in canoeing makes you a little envious, why not take lessons yourself? It is never too late. Adult classes are offered throughout May to August and include Basic Canoeing Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 as well as the opportunity for custom courses.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact the staff. Email them at camps@canoemuseum.ca or phone them at 705-748-9153 x 218. And Canoe Museum members receive a discount on camp registration!

Get more detail at https://www.canoemuseum.ca/paddling-camps/ and https://www.canoemuseum.ca/adult-canoe-programs/











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Family Drop-In Activities take place the last Saturday of every month at The Canadian Canoe Museum.  And on Saturday, January 27th you can stay one step ahead of winter by making a hand warmer sachet. The size of the palm of your hands, a hand warmer can take the chill off while you are enjoying the winter outdoors. You’ll have a variety of choices including a hand warmer owl or canoe.


Source: https://www.canoemuseum.ca/upcoming-events

Once you are done with the family drop-in activities there will still be plenty to do and see. In fact, save the link to the website to be sure you don’t miss any upcoming events.

The site https://www.canoemuseum.ca/family-visits outlines the “Family-friendly! Interactive! Educational!” activities to keep everyone engaged:

  • Puppet Theatre complete with Canada’s wildlife creatures.
  • Craft Station where kids can decorate, cut out, and shape their own cardboard canoes.
  • Canoe Drum is a full size 16’ canoe turned into a drum that just screams ‘play me’.
  • Building Table includes Roy Toy building sets and little wooden canoes on a play table where kids can spend time building boat houses, boat sheds, or…
  • Voyageur Encampment invites the whole family to climb under an overturned 36’ birch bark canoe, where it is possible to imagine oneself falling asleep along the bank of the French River.
  • Kids can also try a true to life 90lb canoe pack or pick up a paddle and try to paddle 50-60 strokes per minute just like the voyageurs.
  • Dress-up is for the whole family. Everyone can try on woolen Hudson Bay Company capotes, mittens and booties and try weaving a snowshoe, or learn to finger weave the iconic Voyageur belt, the ceinture flechee.
  • Experience a modern day canoe (on industrial springs) that kids can get into to rock and roll their way through the whitewater. The canoe is even equipped with paddles.
  • Relax and read in the reading nook with canoe and nature-themed children’s books.
  • Experience the fur trade with real beaver pelts to encourage kids to contemplate how this country depended on the beaver fur trade.
  • Sit in a birch bark winter wigwam and gather around the faux fire, listening to a recorded story being told by a Mi’kmaq elder.


Source: https://www.canoemuseum.ca/family-visits  

Family Drop-in Activities are the last Saturday of the month. Admission is free with Museum admission or Family Membership.

Family membership is only $50/year and includes free admission, discounts on kids’ workshops, March Break, Summer Camp and the store, and special events throughout the year.

Address:       910 Monaghan Road Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada

Phone:          (705) 748-9153

Website:      https://www.canoemuseum.ca/




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March Break is already here. But don’t worry, you can still choose among programs at the local library, swimming pool, ice rink, ski hill or a large selection of creative classes for all ages.

Local Library

Take for instance the Bethany Library at 1474 Highway 7A.

On Saturday you can take part in the Super Saturday Board Games event at the Bethany Library from 11:15 to 12:15.

No matter where you live in Kawartha Lakes, there is a something going on at your local library. Check out the list of March Break events at http://www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca/news/march-break-activities-in-kawartha-lakes.

If you have not been to your local library lately, you might be surprised at the wide range of offerings available! For instance, while your kids are busy you can borrow the books that have made it to the CBC Canada Reads Short List. The next edition of Canada Reads takes place March 27 to 30, 2017.

You or your kids might also be interested in downloading e-books, digital music, magazines…or you can take online courses for FREE! March Break might be just the time to see what the library is offering all year long.


Family Outings 

How about March Break at…

  • The Canadian Canoe Museum. They are offering workshops from half a day, to a full day, to multiple days. The fun includes Arctic Adventures, Woodworking with Wanigans, Make a Leather Bag, Paddle Carving, and Canoe Paper Arts.
  • OFAH Heritage Centre will be offering the first ever Wild March Break Day Camp for youth ages 6 to 13.
  • Buckhorn Maplefest 2017 – Wow! How about Horse drawn sleigh rides, maple demonstrations, sugar bush walk, log sawing, tree tapping, snow shoeing, rope making), live music, the sugar shack, farm animals, farm store and much more!


And there’s more!

  • Day Camp at Camp Kawartha
  • The Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre
  • Art Camps, Art Gallery of Peterborough
  • Peterborough Museum and Archives 

Check out the full list of programs in Peterborough and the Kawarthas at http://thekawarthas.ca/march-break/ 


How about Public Skating during the March Break? Here’s the schedule (but always check to make sure there have not been any changes to the schedule since it was published.)


…Skiing and Snow Boarding

Unfortunately, skiing and snowboarding may be an issue with our mild winter. Get all the latest news right from the source at:

Devil’s Elbow http://www.devilselbow.com/

Kawartha Ski and Snowboard School http://www.ksnowschool.com/

Enjoy the break – Spring is just around the corner!








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Located just a short drive from Bethany, the Canadian Canoe Museum is located in Peterborough.

“The Canadian Canoe Museum is a unique national heritage centre that explores the canoe’s enduring significance to the peoples of Canada, through an exceptional collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft.”


The Museum is engaging, interactive and family-friendly with more than 100 canoes and kayaks on display. The entire collection totals more than 600 artifacts and now includes examples of paddled watercraft from as far away as Paraguay and the Amazon, expanding the museum to include an International collection.

The display includes the great dugouts of the First Nations of the Pacific Northwest to the singular bark canoes of the Beothuk of Newfoundland; from the skin-on-frame kayaks of northern peoples from Baffin Island in the east to the Mackenzie River Delta in the northwest to the all-wood and canvas-covered craft manufactured by local Canadian companies.


A Recipe for a Unique Family Outing

Plan your visit to the Museum in the morning, grab a bite to eat at one of Downtown Peterborough’s cafe and then join the Voyageur Canoe Tour at the Peterborough Lift Lock!

Your family will take part in a one-of-a-kind tour, helping to paddle a 36′ Montreal canoe along the Trent-Severn Waterway and through the Peterborough Lift Lock. The experience has been created in partnership with Parks Canada, providing a great experience for people of all ages and abilities.

And the great news! No previous paddling experience is necessary, only a willingness to try new things!

Throughout the tour, you will hear stories about voyageur life and learn about the history of the waterway and how the Peterborough Lift Lock was built. As you travel through the Lift Lock you’ll gain an incredible view of the canal while learning basic paddling strokes. Your family will be working with the group to move the big canoe through the water.

Paddles and lifejackets are provided. You just need to bring a hat, water and sunscreen.

Soapstone Carving  

If you plan on being in Peterborough for July 27th, register your kids now for a Soapstone Carving Workshop. Participants 7 years and older will create a soapstone pendant using only pre-shaped stone and sandpaper, water and oil – a method inspired traditional Inuit with a lot of examples in the Museum’s collection. Register now to be sure your kids have a spot:

Soapstone Carving, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 9:30 am to 11:30 am

Ages 7+, Cost $13.95 member/$15.50 non-member

For information or registration call 705 748 9153 x 203

For more great photos and lots of information on the Canadian Canoe Museum visit their website at http://www.canoemuseum.ca


Monday to Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.


Adult (18+): $12.00

Senior (65+): $9.50

Student (ages 5-17 or with valid ID): $9.50

Family (up to 2 adults and 4 children ages 5-17): $30.00

Child (under 5): Free

Members: Free

All rates include HST


910 Monaghan Road Peterborough,Ontario K9J 5K4


(705) 748-9153


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