Today Is National Canoe Day!

Although numerous canoe related festivities took place this weekend, National Canoe Day is officially today (June 26th). The Canadian Canoe Museum—housed right here in Peterborough—is hosting an open house to celebrate, so stop in and explore some of our canoe heritage and culture.

[Contributed by PtboCanada's Evan Holt]

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PtboPics: National Canoe Day Festivities In Millennium Park

As part of National Canoe Day celebrations, Peterborough kicked off the event today in Millennium Park next to the Silver Bean Cafe.


Canoe manufacturers, antique boats and canoes, and paddling trips in an authentic Voyageur Canoe from the Canadian Canoe Museum were all part of the festivities.

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PtboPics: National Canoe Day At Beavermead Park

Lots of local folks gathered at Beavermead Park today to celebrate National Canoe Day. With children's activities, continuous paddling opportunities, a BBQ, displays from the Trent Severn Antique & Classic Boat Association and musical entertainment, there was something for everyone. I was able to participate in the family paddle and enjoyed the calmness of the water while learning about the Canadian Canoe Museum and its history from our guide Barry.  —PtboCanada's Julie Morris

At right: Young paddlers Nate & Tori make sure they have the right paddles


The Canada Parks mascot, Parka, gives a wave


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National Canoe Day Activities Saturday & Sunday in Peterborough

National Canoe Day gets underway Saturday at 11 a.m., with activities taking place throughout the day at Beavermead Park. Then on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., you are invited to tour the Canadian Canoe Museum—free of charge! Bring the family and come and enjoy all things paddling!

[National Canoe Day; Canadian Canoe Museum]

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June 26 is National Canoe Day: Visit the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough and Try some great Local Canoe routes

Visit the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough. It rocks!June 26 (Saturday) is National Canoe Day, and you can learn about some of the local festivities happening here in Peterborough by visiting the Canadian Canoe Museum website.

In honour of National Canoe Day, Peterborough's Kevin Callan—a renowned expert on canoeing, camping, and the great outdoors—gives PtboCanada some great paddling routes for people to try in the Kawarthas:

Eels Creek

Route 1: Take Highway 28 north, through Burleigh Falls and before Haultain. Drive over Eels Creek bridge on highway and park immediately to the right. Put in and paddle downstream to Northey’s Bay Rd. Take out or simply paddle back up stream.

Route 2: Shortly before Haultain, turn right off Highway 28 onto Northey’s Bay Road, towards Petroglyphs Provincial Park. Use parking area on the northwest side of Eels Creek bridge. Paddle upstream to Highfalls and return via same route.

Crab Lake

Route: Take Highway 28 north, through Burleigh Falls and almost to Apsley. Turn left off highway onto Anstruther Road. Drive five kilometers and turn left on to small road leading to Wolf Lake public access. Paddle across Wolf Lake and take 107 meter portage to Crab Lake.

Lovesick Lake Wolf Island Provincial Park

Route: Drive north on Highway 28 to Burleigh Falls. Put in at the public launch on the northwest side of the falls. Paddle upstream to Lock 30 and circle Wolf Island.

Gold and Cold Lakes

Route: Drive north on Highway 36, north of Buckhorn, then yield right onto Highway 507 (at Flynn’s Corner store). Approx. 15 km make a right onto Beaver Lake Rd. A public access for Catchacoma Lake is about 3 km along but you can continue, crossing the bridge. Park along the road before the second bridge. Gold Lake is to your right. Paddle almost directly across to the 100 meter portage on beach, to the right of creek leading into Cold Lake.

Coon Lake Ponds

Route: Drive north on Highway 28. Shortly after Burleigh Falls, turn left onto Coon Lake Road. Watch it. It curves to the left after a couple of kilometers. After about 6 kilometers you’ll see a rough parking area and the Coon Lake access is down the grade to your right. Paddle across Coon, portage up and over a hill to the first pond and take shorter portages into two remaining ponds. Return via same route.

[Kevin Callan - The Happy Camper; Kevin's Explore Blog; The Canadian Canoe Museum]

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