A sense of place in every piece.

The boats that built us.

Visit the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador and glimpse an indelible tradition that endures to this day.

Keep the tradition alive.

From foraging the materials, to fashioning the tools, to moulding the timbers, boat building was always a collective effort. Visit today to see the fruits of our forebearers’ labour.

Let’s build something.

Workshops are offered for children and adults interested in learning the art of boat building.

A sense of place in every piece.

When our only sustenance came from the seas that surround us, boats were crucial to survival. From Fogo to Ferryland, and from Heart’s Content to Hopedale,  Newfoundlanders struggled to fashion their own from whatever materials they could find. In the process, wooden boatbuilding became a cherished family tradition, and gave birth to an entire legacy of cultural emblems. It is the mission of the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador to preserve that tradition and its emblems, which offer a fascinating glimpse into the unique places in which they were built, and the generations of Newfoundlanders who built them.


Winterton Rodney

Monday, June 26th-30th, 2023 and July 3rd-7th, 2023


“You don’t see that shape dory nowhere else. You can go around the island and you’ll see dories, but you’ll never see none like the Lark Harbour.”

Gordon Wheeler, Lark Harbour, West Coast

A tradition built on community.

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A local legacy lives on.

For centuries, the primary source of sustenance for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians were the seas that surrounded them. During this time, wooden boats were essential to survival, and boatbuilding became a crucial skill that was passed down from one generation to the next.

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Contact Us

The Wooden Boat Museum is located on The Baccalieu Trail (Highway 80) in Winterton, approximately 72 kilometers north of the Trans Canada Highway.


273 Main Rd
Winterton, Newfoundland and Labrador
A0B 3M0
P.O. BOX 59