If you have June 22 free on your calendar you should really consider making your way to Peterborough Ontario and visit the Small Craft Rendezvous currently being organized by the Canadian Canoe Museum.

It’s going to be a jam-packed day celebrating all things small craft including demonstrations of canoe canvassing by Carlisle Canoes, back-country cooking, tool sharpening by Lee Valley Tools and wood bending Michael Fortune.

What makes this event unique from pretty much everything else in the paddling world is that your MC for the day is actor, woodworker, canoe builder and all-round funny guy, Nick Offerman. You might remember him from the TV show, Parks and Recreation.

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Kirk Wipper. Image Credit: Paddle CanadaAs you many know one of the great Canadian canoe lovers, Kirk Wipper died back on March 18th of this year.

If you never had the pleasure of meeting this great man you really missed out. He was best known for his massive 600 piece collection of canoes and kayaks which went on to form the Canadian Canoe Museum but he was also one of the original founders of Paddle Canada back in the day.

To help celebrate his life, the Canadian Canoe Museum will be hosting a public memorial on May 1. In a lead up to the memorial, friends of the Wipper family are organizing an event called the Wipper Portage. They are planning to portage a canoe from Hart House at University of Toronto (where he taught for many years) 130 kilometres all the way to the museum in Peterborough.

The portage has been divided into 13, 10km sections and volunteers will be asked to portage the canoe smaller 500 meter chunks.

The portage starts on Thursday, April 28 with plans to arrive in Peterborough on May 1 just in time for the memorial.

If you want to get involved visit the Kirk Wipper website for more info.

The Wipper Portage is something that I would absolutely love to participate in and I’m disappointed that I’m going to be out of town for both the portage and the memorial.

Back in the mid 90’s when I used to work in the head office of Paddle Canada, I enjoyed when Kirk stopped in before board meetings to say hi. He was a really interesting guy and always had a great story to tell. I will always remember the private tour he once gave me when I visited his museum around that time and I was amazed that he knew every boat in the collection including where he picked it up and why it captured his imagination.

More info: kirkwipper.ca

Image credit: Paddle Canada

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Birch Bark Canoe - Photo Credit: thisiscornwall.co.uk

The National Maritime Museum has revealed the discovery of what some are saying might be the oldest canoe in the world.

The birch bark canoe was discovered in a barn on a family estate where it has been sitting for over 230 years. Yes, 230 years.

It was originally brought to Britain from Canada by Lt. John Enys after he fought in the American War of Independence in 1776 and has remained on the family estate ever since.

The plan is to restore damaged portions of the canoe then put it on display at the National Maritime Museum in Cornwall from late January to September 2011 where it will then be repatriated back to Canada for further research.

The article doesn’t say where the canoe will be going but my guess is that it will end up at the Canadian Canoe Museum as they have a strong research and education department on staff.

Andy Wyke, boat collections manager at the museum said, ''Lt Enys sailed from Falmouth in a packet ship to join his regiment in Canada to relieve the city of Quebec, which was under siege from the Americans. He fought many military campaigns and toured the area for his personal interest – discovering this canoe along the way.

''It's incredible to think its legacy has been resting in a barn in Cornwall all this time."

More information: thisiscornwall.co.uk
Photo credit: thisiscornwall.co.uk

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Canadian Canoe MuseumThe Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario has just announced that John Summers will be sitting in the stern, steering the canoe.
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Friday, 23 November 2007 16:30

Farley Mowat at Canoe Museum Saturday

Farley MowatI just found out about this so I apologize that it is such last minute.

Farley Mowat will be at the Canadian Canoe Museum this Saturday (Nov. 24) as a part of FarleyFest, reading and signing autographs starting at 12:30 p.m.  As well, his films will be screened -- Snow Walker at 10:30 a.m. and Never Cry Wolf at 2:30 p.m.

The big event will see Mowat leave behind a gift, his "sweetheart" -- a 16-foot, 80-pound 1922 vintage Peterborough sailing canoe. Mowat's father acquired the canoe in Sakatoon in 1932, where he named it Vagabond.

More info: mykawartha.com

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Thursday, 26 July 2007 12:54

Prince Andrew's Canoe Trip

Prince Andrew
Prince Andrew visits the Canadian Canoe Museum in November 2007.
Photo Credit: Canadian Canoe Museum
News has leaked out that Prince Andrew (The Duke of York) was recently in Canada on a canoe trip with 3 of his private school buddies. He paddled the Natla and Keele Rivers in the North West Territories. It was kept all hush for security reasons but it took place sometime between June 23 and July 8.
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