The Muskoka Lakes Museum’s School Programs

Spend ½ of the day exploring Early Settlement in Upper Canada through 3 — 30 minute programs – Trade & Barter, Pioneer Play and Digging Detectives, (details are below). Each program includes hands-on activities and a game or craft.

The other ½ of the day has 3 more fun ‘Hands-on’ programs, discovering some local history. ‘Aye Aye Captain’, ‘Phones and Postcards’ and ‘More Pioneer Play’ (details below) are each aSchool Programspprox. 30 minutes long, with a game or craft along with hands-on activities.

Facilities & other stuff — There are 12 large, sturdy picnic tables on the island, and washrooms on the island, as well as in the museum. The large and small locks are right there, and operate throughout the day. The museum has a video on the lock’s history, and a 2-dimensional, color display showing how they work. There are also a number of scavenger hunt activities designed for children to independently ‘tour’ the museum. Please note — the museum could accommodate up to 30 people inside for lunch if the weather is inclement.

Trade & Barter — Relationships between the Europeans and First Nations were important in the War of 1812. Play a trading game with European and First Nations trade goods, and use your own copy of an old map to explore these relationships which gave Muskoka its connection to this war with the United States.

Digging Detectives — Become an artifact detective to learn about First Nations’ culture and history. You’ll even learn how to ’dig’ for artifacts like a real archeologist !

Pioneer Play — Live like the early pioneers of Muskoka. Play pioneering games and see a real log cabin!

Aye, Aye, Captain! — Put on your captain’s hat, we’re going on a fun-filled adventure! Learn about Muskoka’s boating history, and build your very own boat.

Phones and Postcards — what was it like before the days of cell phones and Facebook? Find out how the early cottagers and tourists kept in touch.Use old working phones, and make your own postcard to mail.

More Pioneer Play – it wasn’t all work back then, and even the work could be fun!

All of the above programs are available from Wednesday through Friday,

May 21 – June 28 & Sept. 3 – Oct. 18, 2019

Costs are $5 per child per ½ day, (includes 3 programs)

OR $10 per child per full day, (Includes all 6 programs)

Picnic tables & Washrooms are on the Island. We can accommodate a maximum of 60 children due to space and staffing restrictions.

For more information, or to register your class:


Please use the Museum’s School Booking Form to book your class.

Other programs for other grades:

Understanding Matter and Energy: Grade 4- Light and Sound

This program focuses on the Sound component of this unit. By using our old working phones and switchboards, students will be introduced to a hands-on opportunity to understand the forms of sound, the terminology of sound, as well as the unique characteristics of sound through our feature exhibit. While students use the phones to investigate the basic properties of sound, they will learn and use many problem-solving skills while using this sound device. Students will leave the museum with a thorough understanding of the sound objectives and components of the Grade 4: Light and Sound Ontario Curriculum unit, as well as a strong vocabulary in relevant key terms. This program includes pre-visit activities, museum visit activities, as well as post-visit assignments.

Email the museum for a complete lesson plan, including assignments.

Heritage and Citizenship: Grade 6- First Nations Peoples and European Explorers

With a focus to engage students in a hands-on, interactive lesson on understanding the First Nations Peoples of Canada and European exploration. With a focus on local Aboriginal tribes and early exploration, our 1st Gallery is completely devoted to artifacts and history that relates to the First Nations history of Muskoka, as well as the changes that took place when the Europeans arrived. With a focus on the pre-exploration history of First Nations Peoples in Muskoka, the motivations of European Explorers, as well as the contact between the two groups, this program offers a great interactive learning experience for students to better understand the early history of Canada.

Carefully fulfilling many, if not all, of the Ontario Curriculum requirements for the Grade 6: First Nations Peoples and European Explorers, this program is a great hands-on opportunity for students to gain a further understanding of Canadian history through local history and artifacts. Pre-visit and post-visit assignments are included, as well as hands-on museum activities.

Email the museum for a complete lesson plan, including assignments.

History: Grade 10- Aboriginals Peoples in Canada (NAC20)

The focus of this program is to engage students in a hands-on, interactive lesson on understanding the First Nations Peoples in Canadian history. With a focus on the Aboriginal peoples and the government; legal, political, social and economic issues; and the daily lives of Aboriginal Persons, our 1st Gallery exhibit will be a great opportunity for students to further understand Aboriginal history,

Focusing on many of the objectives and requirements of this course, the Muskoka Lakes Museum program encourages students to analyze artifacts and gain a further understanding of past events. Students will also learn about government-Aboriginal relations, identify current Aboriginal groups and leaders, explain the significance of Aboriginal symbols, be introduced to relevant terminology, gain an understanding of primary and secondary sources, as well as analyze and evaluate information. This program includes a pre-visit and post-visit assignment, as well as structured, educational museum activities.

Email the museum for a complete lesson plan, including assignments.

We also welcome additional units, and will do our best to accommodate your requirements should you be interested.