Commanda’s Birchbark Canoe: A Canadian Treasure

Join us on Saturday, January 23 to learn about the importance of the canoe on display at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre.

Fabricated by Algonquin Elder William Commanda, this birchbark canoe was gifted to the Friends of Gatineau Park by the Waddell family in October 2014.

Canoe 2014 0The crafting of this type of canoe requires a great deal of skill and patience. Through a selection of original photos and a short video, participants will be able to appreciate the complexity of the fabrication process for this type of birchbark canoe. Then, a comparison will illustrate the differences between this Algonquin canoe and those made by other Aboriginal groups across the country.

The bilingual presentation will be given by Claude Cousineau, founding member of the Friends of Gatineau Park and canoeist.

This activity is for people age 13 and older. Reservations are required.

Where: Gatineau Park Visitor Centre , 33 Scott Road, Chelsea, Québec
When: Saturday, January 23, 2016, 4 pm to 5:30 pm (bilingual)
Cost: Member – Adult (18+), $16; Senior (65+) & Student (13+), $13
Non-Member – Adult (18+), $20; Senior (65+) & Student (13+), $16
Information and Registration: 819-827-2020 | 1-866-456-3016

The funds raised will help support Friends of Gatineau Park activities.

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