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WCHM Canoe & Wooden Boat Show

May 25 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Canoe & Wooden Boat Show
The Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum (WCHM) in Spooner is once again making plans to celebrate Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Day in 2024 on Saturday May 25 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This free event marks the opening of the fourteenth season for the museum, and will include open house in the museum exhibit hall, ongoing activities in the canoe workshop, live music and food and beverage outdoors in the beer garden, a silent auction and canoe raffle, and of course the Canoe & Wooden Boat Show.
​The Canoe & Wooden Boat will be the highlight of the day. Over twenty exhibitors are expected to display wooden boats of all shapes, sizes, and designs –both classic and modern– as well as all kinds of classic and vintage water and paddling related items.Last year we were happy to feature Tom Matthiae of Hayward who brought a 14 foot wooden lapstrake canoe that he built.  Stewart River Boatworks from Knife River, Minnesota, was there with two solo canoes, a Solitude and Firefly, and two tandem canoes, an Ami and Mon Amie, for sale. Mike Knuth of Duluth showed his 1930s Thompson Brothers Indian model canoe which he restored in 2015. Many Waters Boatworks from Minneapolis  showed a canoe custom made for YMCA Camp Menogyn. Megan Johnson from Pine City, Minnesota, had her handmade Megusta Paddles on sale.

There is always room for more, booth space is free, and reserving a space is easy. You can use our online registration form, or write to info@wisconsincanoeeritagemuseum.org or call 715-635-2479.

Food & Music In The Beer Garden

While the Canoe & Wooden Boat Show goes on through the day, the outdoor beer garden will once again feature food, beverage, and live music on the “back porch” stage. In 2024 we’ll enjoy the music and shenanigans of Blu Kanu and also Les Fils du Voyageur, along with burgers, brats, and beverages from Bent Paddle Brewery in Duluth.

Blu Kanu performs crowd favorites from the 70s through present times. These two sibling troubadours engage the audience and create an atmosphere where folks want to join in singing or play one of the many percussive instruments the duo shares. With a lot of positive energy when performing, they make the most of their “sibling DNA harmonies.”

Les Fils du Voyageur brings the fur trade era to life through songs of the voyageurs. Performed a capella in three part harmony, and portrayed in authentic period costume, Les Fils du Voyageur present an extensive collection of paddling, working and playing songs that paint an exciting historical overview of the life and times of a voyageur.


May 25
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


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Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum
312 N. Front St.
Spooner, WI 54801 United States
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(715) 635-5002
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