This day was all about the history of the Cedar Strip Canoe and Boat Building industry in Peterborough and Lakefield as well as the history of the Outboard Marine Company and its fine Outboard motors. Peterborough, Lakefield, Richardson and Brown Boat companies were all represented.
It was a beautiful day with more than 3000 people visiting the event. More than 40 Cedar Strip boats and canoes were on display by our association members along with more thanb 40 outboard motors courtesy of the Maple Leaf Antique Outboard Motor Club.
Current local builders Clarion Boats of Campbellford, Voyageur Canoe Co. of Millbook, Bear Mountain Boats of Peterborough, Woodwind Yachts of Nestleton and Buckhorn Canoe from Buckhorn proudly displayed their boats and canoes.
A big attraction was the Peterborough Museum and Archives display of the 1,000,000th outboard motor built by Outboard Marine Corporation of Peterborough, complete with its plexiglass cover.
Parks Canada had an interpretive display that was a hit with the younger folks.
The Canadian Canoe Museum offered canoe rides to all that were interested.
The Oldest canoe was an 1890s model built by the William English Canoe Company of Peterborough.
A 1924 - 24 Peterborough Long Deck Launch Autocraft and an 11 - 1929 Peterborough Bullet race boat were crowd pleasers along with a (pre) 1928 17 Brown Boat Works Launch that was made in Lakefield.
Many of the people that came remembered that the first cedar strip boat or canoe that they had as well as their first motor was made in Peterborough. Many were built by family members that worked at either Peterborough Canoe Co, Lakefield Canoe Co. or OMC.
The day was a great success and yes we will do it again so stay tuned.