Behind the Scenes by Izzy Merritt…

Hello everyone!

My name is Izzy Merritt and this is my first summer working with the Mattawa museum!

We’ve been working on plenty of fun projects, including an escape room (watch out for our announcement about that!) and a scavenger hunt you can do in the museum! 

I’ve had plenty of fun working here and have already learned so much about Mattawa and our history!

One of the fun mini-projects I worked on was a small guessing game!

A nice lady brought us a couple of bags full of plastic bread tags that she found at a yard sale! I took it upon myself to count them all out and put them in a jar for people to guess the amount there was… How many do you think there are?

Send your answer to Use subject line # of bread tags.

The museum is currently collecting the new cardboard bread tags, we’re open to taking them between 10:00-4:30! Please feel free to stop by if you have any!

It’s been interesting to see Marcelle and his grandson Alex building the canoe just outside the museum. We’ve also been planning the canoe launch event which will be on August 27th, 2022!

I’m very excited to see what projects we work on in the future!

Escape Room

Last night, Detective James Allen was found murdered! As his most trusted colleagues, it is up to you to investigate his death. Step into his office and find the clues you need to solve the murder of Mattawa’s most famous detective!

Pre-Game Basics:

  • $20 per person
  • 3-4 people in a group
  • 60 min game
  • Recommended Age: 12+
  • Difficulty: Average
  • 20$ deposit to reserve the time slot (All cancellations must be done within 24 hours of the reserved time slot to receive a refund on your deposit)
  • Arrive at the museum 15 minutes prior to your time slot

Game starts Friday, August 12, 2022 and will run until the end of the Museum season


  • Book the date and time using the calendar
  • Select Pay Now

You will receive an email confirmation your booking.

Pay Now

Voyageur Days has come and gone…

This was a first for us, being open on Voyageur Days, so wanted to send an extra BIG THANKS to the Town of Mattawa and Recreation Director Renee for making that happen this year.

Thank you to other businesses in town, as we were sending people to see you, you were sending people to see us and that is truly what we love about small town communities supporting each other.

Shout out and big thanks to all those who visited during what many were telling us was a “homecoming weekend” for them and how happy they were that they finally got to visit the Museum.

So many people who came were family visiting from out of town! Many shared stories of family and offered to share old photos that we can add to our new media presentations for everyone to see.

We had rock painting and mini paddle painting – big hits with all family members. Of course, seeing the Voyageur Canoe being built was/is another special part of the visit.

We’ve still got a lot of summer to enjoy, come share some stories!

Museum Staff

Behind the Scenes by Judy Toupin…

It is so great to be ‘back’. Literally not that we went anywhere, but it’s nice to be open.  It’s been an exciting season so far, with a great many visitors from literally all over the world and from across Canada.

We are open 7 days a week now until the end of August, 10 am until 4:30 pm. 

This is a first for the museum, so we are excited to welcome everyone. If you have family/friends visiting, hope you take some time to come see the Canoe Build and visit the Museum.

Lots of changes, come and explore. Visit the Gift Shop.

Every day there will be various activities outside, so come join us at Explorer’s Point.

Wanted to take a moment to introduce our awesome summer team!

Here they are, pictured with Marcel Labelle in front of the birch bark canoe that he is building.

From left to right: Alex Roberts, Izzy Merritt, Marcel Labelle, Alex Labelle, Alex Guscott, Mia Skelling and Victoria Childs

There are stories here ….

Where two rivers meet, come share some stories with us!

Does anyone from the area remember collecting plastic bread tags?

In the 1980s, Donald Lavigne (resident of Mattawa), engaged the local community in the collection of bread/milk tags for his project.

He created the “Hope Church” which is made up of 159,900 bread tags, weighs 180 pounds, and it took two and half years to complete !!

Come to the museum to have a look at it!

We recently noticed that plastic bread tags are being replaced with a more environmentally friendly alternative… cardboard!

So, we are asking you to save up your cardboard bread tags and bring them to the museum.

When we collect enough, we will attempt to make something creative with the collected tags and share it with you!

You can drop your bread tags off at the museum every day this summer from 10:00-4:30.

We invite you to join the adventure!