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Canoeing and Kayaking

Feel your paddle cut through the water

Canoeing and Kayaking

Feel your paddle cut through the water

Discover Canoe Culture

“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. The canoe also offers a healthy social activity that connects us to each other. This 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 the various 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.

Ontario’s Paddling Playground


Kawarthas Northumberland is a vast, natural wonderland perfect for getting out on the water and it is steeped in Canadian tradition. With hundreds of lakes and rivers, and the majority of the Trent-Severn Waterway right here, we are Ontario’s perfect paddling playground. Whether canoeing, kayaking, or stand-up paddle boarding, paddling is a fun activity for everyone. It truly shows what it means to be Canadian. Explore the Trent-Severn Waterway and gain access to pristine and natural lakes and rivers. Paddle until you’re ready for a break and stop for lunch along the water’s edge, discovering nearby towns and uncovering local art scenes.

Paddling connects us with wilderness, culture, and family


Paddling throughout Kawarthas Northumberland’s wilderness inspires creativity and provides an immediate connection with nature. It teaches core values, skills, and inspires a love for nature, and is best shared with your loved ones. Paddling removes distractions and brings us back to the essential things in life – our relationships with each other and our sense of self.

Exploring what the water has to offer can be a nostalgic experience. Grip your paddle, push off, and be surrounded by the beauty of nature that takes you back to your memories of spending summers at the cottage.

Spend quality time with your family and loved ones out on the water for an exciting adventure exploring the untamed beauty of Kawarthas Northumberland. Paddling can connect us with nature, friends and family and forge unforgettable memories that connect us to our Canadian culture.

The Canadian Canoe Museum

Canadian Canoe Museum Website

Originally a technology of Canada’s 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. At the heart of all things Canadian, multi-cultural, and artisanal, The Canadian Canoe Museum is home to the largest collection of canoes and kayaks in the world – some of them several hundred years old. This is a museum that parents and kids will both enjoy.

The museum tells the remarkable story of paddling as a tradition which helped build Canada as a country. Home to Pierre Elliot Trudeau’s famous buckskin coat and some of the fastest canoes and kayaks in the world, it is also home to some of the world-class, finely engineered boats used by Canada’s many Olympic champions. There is sure to be something here that will make you proud to be Canadian.

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