During the 2022 season, the Mattawa Museum was honored to have Marcel Labelle (@Birch Bark Canoes by Mahigan) build a 20-foot canoe from scratch, using hand tools only, with birch bark as the main material.
Listen to Marcel Labelle speak about the different parts of birch bark canoes in the outdoor display at the Mattawa Museum. Just use your phones camera to scan the QR codes!
Take a look at our online photo exhibit about “The Gift” made by Marcel Labelle and his grandson Alex! This exhibit features photos from the start (just an outline of the canoe!) to our amazing celebration of The Gift on August 27, 2022.