Up the creek without a paddle? Not to worry. We’ll show you how to make one!

Water transportation was still very important in the first half of the 1800’s. Small boats and canoes traveled up, down and across rivers and lakes. Fishing and duck hunting was very common and an important source of food for early Canadians. If you lived in close proximity to water, you had some kind of water craft. This was in particular quite true along the Grand River and its tributaries.

Early settlers often had to build their own boats and canoes. As well, they had to make their own paddles and oars. Join us on Sunday, May 13 for our pop-up demonstration on using an apprentice’s shaving bench and draw knife to carve canoe paddles from a wooden board. This technique and these tools were common in the early part of the century. Once the rough cut-out of the paddle is made with a saw, the shaping and planing of the blank into a paddle will take just a couple hours.

Remember to bring Mom out for a lovely afternoon in the Village from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. Stop by the General Store to buy a homemade tea biscuit with jam and butter or enjoy an old fashioned soda.