The Royal Ontario Museum has some breathtaking artifacts from all over the world and all realms of history. As an outdoors enthusiast, there are some particularly interesting subjects that are from much closer to home.
Canoes played a very big role in Canadian history, and many are prominently displayed in the Canada gallery. From an 1800's Freight Canoe to an early 20th century Algonquin Birchbark canoe, you can see the progression canoe designs, as well as shapes to accommodate their roles. Transportation, trading and exploration all helped mould the Canoe into varying sizes.
Kayaks were also an important part of Northern Canadian history. It is neat to see the contrast of these animal skin Kayaks of yore where tools were attached to the deck, to the modern kayaks that we presently attach our gear to.
Snowshoes were also another tool that were inspiring to look at. Over the years, we have come from pretty much hollowing out a slab of wood, to manufacturing snowshoes from extremely light plastic or aluminum. These early models are quite awe-inspiring.
There is some lovely artwork depicting canoes on display throughout the gallery as well. It is worthwhile to stop and take in the work that went in to these oil on canvas paintings.