Going on a canoe trip is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and to explore much of Canada. It was also the main mode of transportation for the Voyagers of the fur trade. They crossed the country countless times down rivers and streams with their canoes and when traveling by river was not possible they portaged their canoes and goods across land till they reached water again.

To celebrate the voyagers we can make your very own popsicle stick canoe.


  • paper
  • red, blue, yellow, grey or white paint,
  • a sponge
  • 31 Popsicle sticks
  • 4 small rectangle wooden pieces or 1 jumbo popsicle stick
  • glue
  • paint


Take 9 sticks and put them side by side in a diamond shape like the picture above.

Add Glue to two sticks then place on top of the ends of the 9 sticks.

Put dots of glue on the four corners of the boat then add the next sticks to form the sides of the boat. Never glue two sticks the same way just like the photo.

Keep adding sticks for three more layers. Then Taking the two biggest rectangles* add them to the boat for seats (like the picture). Cut the corners off the rectangles so they line up with the edge of the boats and don’t stick out the sides. Glue into place.

*Note: you can either buy precut wooden rectangle pieces that are no bigger then 2 inches or use a jumbo popsicle stick then cut it into the sizes you need for the seats and the paddles.

Add all but two Popsicle sticks, gluing as before to finish the sides of the boat. With the last two sticks glue the final two rectangle pieces to the end to make the paddles. Let both the boat and paddles fully dry.

Once dry you can paint the boat or just let keep it the wooden colour. When your Canoe is complete you can see if it floats in a bathtub or sink full of water.

Don’t forget to take a picture of your Craft and tag us on Instagram @kreativekidswpg

For more Festival du Voyager Activities please check out their website Here


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