The Muskoka Lakes Museum’s Marine Room


The Marine Room features all things to do with boats and boating in Muskoka. Admire the craftsmanship of the wooden canoes and rowboats that were built for the vacationers staying at the region’s early resorts. Our Boat Guide provides the details of each canoe and rowboat. The Alister MacKenzie story is particularly intriguing.

 Operate the display version of the Disappearing Propeller Motorboat device, and ingenious invention born right here in Muskoka, and enjoy the restored 1922 ‘Dippy’ boat on display.

Reminisce over our collection of old outboard motors, dating from as early as 1916 to the 1950s. Most have been expertly restored by the Maple Leaf chapter of the Antique Outboard Motor Club.

Check out the details of the scale model of the RMS Sagamo, the largest steamship in the Muskoka Lakes Navigation Company’s fleet.Sagamo Model

Peruse the sample replica models of each of the major wooden boat builders, and learn about the Port Carling builders in the various displays.




The Marine room also contains the Cottage Corner. Enjoy reminiscing about cottaging in the past and view a replica model of the 1888 cottage Elsinore, which was located on Lake Joseph.




Did You Know?

Some Pioneers couldn’t swim.
But they still enjoyed the water!

Pioneer girl paddling in barrel bathtub