A small museum on the St Lawrence riverside, great for young kids to keep them entertained and active! The museum (with its three small houses) invites you to learn about the history of Gananoque as a center for boats throughout the years. Your kids can craft a wooden boat and enjoy playing in a naval theme indoor playroom with lots of dressing up, related toys and books.
Address: 125 Water Street, Gananoque, K7G 3E3, ON
Drive: about 2h40 north-west from Montreal. Almost halfway between downtown Montreal and downtown Toronto.
Parking: Street parking only, check local municipality signs
Entry Fee: $5 for 7 years old+, free 0-6 years old.
Additional $5 per wooden boat (for kids to decorate)
Opening time (2018): From Saturday of Victoria Day weekend to June 30, and from Labour Day to Canadian Thanksgiving – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm – Thursday to Sunday (and Holidays). From July 1st to Labour Day – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm – 7 Days a week
Suitable for a baby stroller
You may start your visit at the workshop house in the left corner, nearby the green area (if you are facing the river). There you can pay the entry fee and for an extra $5 your kid will have the opportunity to craft a boat (it is totally worth it). The kids can start working on the boat in the workshop area (there are real nails, real hammers etc.).
In order to reach the second house (kids’ house), continue walking past the Heritage museum until you reach it. It will be on the right side of the museum. At the ground floor, the kids can continue decorating their boats, read a book at the kids’ corner section or play upstairs at the pirate-themed play area.
The third house is the museum itself. You will find an antique boat collection on the ground floor and a restoration of a 19th-century house on the first floor. In total, we spent about 2 hours going in and out of each house.
The final art from my kids: 🙂