It was a Friday of a long weekend, so the traffic was pretty heavy. It was a rainy day as well. All the better to spend it indoors in a museum! The museum is easy to find, it has an ample parking lot, and despite the austere exterior, you can tell a lot of love and care has gone into the displays inside.
|Lots of parking!|
The museum has some very old canoes and some newer ones. The gentleman at reception will gladly give you a recommendation in which order to enjoy the exhibits. The museum was gifted Professor Kirk Wipper's extensive collection of canoes, kayaks and other watercraft. The museum has over 600 of these, but only 100 on display.
The first area we explored upstairs shows canoes designed and built by aboriginals many years ago. They have a display that gives a lot of information about the voyageurs and explorers that mapped Canada. Make sure you attempt to pick up one of the packs they have to feel how heavy the voyageur's portaging load was. The main floor is more current. There is some information about how canoes were used as recreational vessels, as well as how camps were built to give young people a taste of living in nature. Bill Mason is honoured, as well as Pierre Elliot Trudeau (the two were friends), and recent Olympic athletes have watercraft displayed.
There is a workshop where artisans may be at work building a canoe or kayak. And there is a lovely gift shop with a great variety of products to choose from.
We both enjoyed the museum and I would recommend it being well worth a visit (and the drive to get there).
Now, the pictures!
|Amazing methods of working with what was easily found in nature|
|Prized paddles got decorated as well|
|Weapons used for hunting|
|One end of a voyageur canoe|
|The other end, Hudson's Bay Company|