The canoe is one of Canada's most enduring symbols. Aboriginal peoples developed
these watercraft over thousands of years. The country's vast system of lakes
and rivers demanded a mode of transportation rugged enough to handle its rocky
shores yet light enough to carry over land.
The canoe played a central role in the exploration and economic expansion of
Canada by European explorers and traders. Using Aboriginal peoples' water routes
and adopting their watercraft, Europeans were able to travel inland from the
St. Lawrence River to the Great Lakes and on to Western Canada.
Canadian Canoe Museum
Eaters - Native Watercraft in Canada - Canadian Museum of Civilization
Nastawgan - Interactive Map of the Temagami Anishinawbeg First Nation (northern