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Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Day is from 10AM to 4PM on Sat May 26, 2018 at the WCHM

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WCHM invites participants for its ninth annual Canoe & Wooden Boat Show, to be held in conjunction with Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Day on May 26, 2018. This one day free event will also include museum tours and open house, the unveiling of new displays, ongoing activities in the canoe workshop, and live music and food and beverage in the beer garden. Now is the time to make plans to be an exhibitor and display your canoe, wooden boat, or other canoe related items of interest.


Booth space is free, and reserving a space is easy. You can download a booth reservation form to the right. Or request one be sent to you by emailing to or calling 715-635-2479. Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Day is produced by the WCHM each year on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

The Canoe & Wooden Boat Show

Over twenty exhibitors are expected to provide a wide variety of canoes, boats, and canoe related materials of all types. Classic and modern, traditional and contemporary, for sale or just for show, it will all be on display in the street in front of this former grain elevator turned museum. Exhibitors might include individuals, commercial entities, non-profits, authors, government agencies, educators, crafters, and businesses whose products or services are relevant to boaters and wooden boats and canoes. 


In 2017 we had a great mix of private and commercial exhibitors. Mike Knuth came from Duluth with his restored 16’ Thompson Brothers Indian model. Damian Wilmot came from Superior with a pre-1900 Joe Lucius canoe. Harold Blumer of Cumberland brought five newly restored wood canvas canoes, including a 1918 17’ BN Morris, a 1912 18’ Old Town, a 1915 16’ Old Town, a 1924 16’ Old Town, and a 1935 17’ Old Town. And after missing a few years, Bill Stewart of Spooner returned with his 16.5’ Salmon Wherry sail and rowboat with a 16’ mast. 


Do you have something you would like to exhibit? Exhibitor space is free for private, commercial, or non-profit exhibitors. And there is still time to register. You can download an exhibitor registration from at right, or contact us at 715-635-2479 or

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Live Music In The Beer Garden

Meanwhile, out in the beer garden there will be live music on the “back porch” stage. Last year we featured Brave Cowboy with Jason Rabuck on harmonica and guitar and Eric Schubring on banjo and guitar. Like the character in Edward Abbey’s book, Brave Cowboy refuses to be branded, labeled, or fenced in by musical stereotypes. They provided an inspired and vibrant blend of folk, rock, blues, and originals. They were joined by two other duos, Tom & Jed from Ashland and Olive Sings from Chippewa Falls. Here was the stage  schedule from 2017: 11:00 Tom & Jed, 11:40 Olive Sings, 12:30 Brave Cowboy, 1:30 Tom & Jed, 2:10 Olive Sings, 3:00 Brave Cowboy.

Inside The Exhibit Hall

While the festivities continue outside, our exhibit will be an open house for folks to wander through. You'll be able to see the museum’s new 2018 displays, as well as checking out past exhibits. Don't forget to stop in the gift store on your way out and support the museum with a souvenir purchase.

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Inside The Canoe Shop

Inside, the canoe shop we will plan to feature several demonstrations and workshops on various wooden canvas canoe construction techniques. If you've got an idea and want to schedule a presentation in our canoe shop, contact Jed Malischke at

Where To Find Us

Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Day will be from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday May 26th, 2018. The public is invited to this free event at 312 N Front Street in Spooner, Wisconsin. There will be  museum tours and open house, a canoe and wooden boat show, canoe shop demonstrations, live music, plus food and beverage in the beer garden. 

For more information call 715-635-2479 or write to 

For nearby motel lodging we recommend Spooner Riverplace at 715-635-9770. For camping, travel, or other lodging information contact the Washburn County Tourism Association at 800-367-3306.

Click here for a map.

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