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“If it is love that binds people to places in this nation of rivers and in this river of nations then one enduring expression of that simple truth, is surely the canoe.”

— James Raffan, adventurer, acclaimed author and Director Emeritus of the Canadian Canoe Museum.

Historically, the canoe connected these lands. Originally a technology of Indigenous people, the canoe played a vital role in Canadian history. This, and much more, can be felt by a trip to The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough. The canoe continues to connect us to the lands that have been inhabited by the Indigenous peoples from the beginning. Paddling offers a healthy social activity that connects us to each other. The canoe is a vehicle for creating unforgettable memories, exciting adventures, and your own sense of what it means to be Canadian.

Canadian canoe culture reaches beyond the canoe to include all forms of paddling and symbolizes the core values and ideals of our province, our country, and ourselves. We now use canoes and other forms of paddling to escape the noise and distractions of modern life. Canoeing appeals to the wild-at-heart, the introverted, the romantic, the explorer, allowing all of us passage in our own ways to places no other vehicles can take us.

With nearly 400km of interconnected lakes and rivers along the Trent-Severn Waterway, and some of Ontario’s hidden gems for paddling, Kawarthas Northumberland is a paradise for both new and seasoned paddlers.


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