Canoe Build on the Beach!

There is something very special happening at Murphys Point this month.

Chuck Commanda and his apprentice, Cole, have set up at the picnic shelter at the main beach from July 7 to 20 to build a birchbark canoe. They have worked with park staff to carefully select materials from in and around the park to use for the build, including birch, spruce gum, ironwood and spruce roots, just to name a few of the authentic materials used in this beautiful build.

eventual end product

Chuck grew up as part of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, an Algonquin First Nation, and helped his grandparents make birchbark canoes. Today he takes his knowledge and shares it with the public across the country. He is carrying a message of reconciliation through shared experiences with the canoe.

Take some time to visit Chuck and Cole at the park over the next few weeks to learn more about this craft and see the evolution of the canoe at Murphys Point.

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