8th Annual Wooden Boat Conference will be held in Harbour Grace on September 11-12, 2015.

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Dear Members, Boat & Model Builders and Friends:

Our 8th Annual Wooden Boat Conference will be held in Harbour Grace on September 11-12, 2015.

Join us Friday morning, September 11th, at 11:00 AM for a two hour training workshop for our on the water Heritage Skills Challenge. Stay tuned for further details as the program develops. Bring your boats and join in our on the water activities which will take place from the Harbour Grace Marina beginning at 2:00 PM.

Legendary Coasts Eastern NL DMO will be also be hosting a Tourism Breakfast on Friday, September 11th – details to be announced.

Conference Sessions – Saturday’s sessions will begin with a presentation highlighting the Petten Family – longtime boat builders and fishermen. Bruce Whitelaw will bring us up to date on what’s happening in Trinity in 2016. Our International Conference is taking shape and it’s an event you won’t want to miss. The morning will conclude with our boat builder demonstrations – a time to chat and see them demonstrating their unique boat building skills.

During the afternoon sessions, Jerome Canning and Jim Dempsey will give a presentation on their trip to Pasaia, Spain earlier this year where Jerome had an opportunity to participate in the building of the San Juan Replica.

Conference Agenda 2015 – Tentative

Show and Tell – Do you have any models, half models, three piece molds, pictures or any other items you would like others to see? We will have tables set up for you to display your items. If you plan on bringing things to display, contact Beverley King at and we’ll reserve a table for you.

Kitchen Party – Our Kitchen Party has been a major success at past conferences! Be sure to bring along your guitars, accordions, ugly sticks, etc. and join our Kitchen Party MC, Melvin Green, onstage Saturday night!

Spouses Program – Again this year we are pleased to be offering a spouse’s program. Dozenodd Gallery in Carbonear will be the hosts for the Saturday program – the day’s events will be available by mid-July.

Early Bird special – Register before August 15th, 2015 and receive a $20.00 discount!

Deadline for registration will be August 31th, 2015.

List of accommodations and conference registration form provided below.

Accommodations – Harbour Grace – Carbonear
Conference Registration Form 2015

Looking for to seeing you in Harbour Grace!

Yours truly,

Beverly King
Project Manager


Winterton Headquarters Opens June 15, 2015

The Wooden Boat Museum located in Winterton is the headquarters of WBMNL’s organization. Visit Winterton to learn the story of Newfoundland and Labrador’s wooden boats from prehistory to today, view our collection of traditional wooden boats and artefacts, watch our resident boat builder as he works in our boat building shed, take part in our demonstrations and workshops, or explore our Heritage Walking Trail.

The Wooden Boat Museum is open daily 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM from June 15, 2015 to September 4, 2014.

Driving Directions

The Wooden Boat Museum is located on The Baccalieu Trail (Highway 80) in Winterton, approximately 71 kilometers (54 minutes drive) north of the Trans Canada Highway.

Google Map

If you need help finding us, we can be found on the Google Map below. You can zoom in / out on this map to get a better feel for where we are located.



The Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador is pleased to announce the addition of a new exhibit at our headquarters in Winterton. “They Came for the Fish and Stayed for the Stages” tells the story of Newfoundland and Labrador’s salt cod fishery through a look at the physical infrastructure which supported this way of life across the province. With a special focus on Winterton, this exhibit describes how stages and flakes were used to process salt cod, and includes photos and genealogical information that traces the history of fishing stages back to the early twentieth century.


Wooden Boat Museum of NL wins Cultural Tourism Award

At HNL Annual Conference in Gander today, the Wooden Boat Museum of NL was presented with the Cultural Tourism Award – this award is presented by Hospitality NL and Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism to an individual or organization that recognizes and promotes the pursuit of cultural expression within the tourism industry.

Chris Osmond, Director, accepted the award on behalf of the Museum.    The Museum is pleased to be recognized for the work we have done in the past and will continue to do in the future.

Congratulations also to Joe & Loyola O’Brian, O’Brien’s Whale and Bird Tours, recipients of the Doug Wheeler Award!

Cultural Tourism Award

Melvin Green named “Founding Father” at 7th Annual Wooden Boat Conference

The Wooden Boat Museum of NL paid tribute to Melvin Green at their Conference Dinner on Saturday, September 6th in Petty Harbour Maddox Cove. Melvin Green has dedicated the past 18 years of his life to ensure that the traditional wooden boat and the skills and knowledge of the men that built them would be preserved, safeguarded and exhibited for generations to come.

Melvin was recognized as a “Founding Father” and received the Museum’s 3rd Honorary Life Membership.

Melvin was further recognized with an Award of Merit presented by Museums Association of Newfoundland and Labrador on October 18, 2014. The Award of Merit recognizes significant contributions to the practice of museum and heritage work in Newfoundland and Labrador. It is awarded to an organization, agency, or individual for an outstanding, innovative or creative achievement in the museum, gallery or heritage field, or in any area related to the preservation and development of the provinces cultural heritage, including research, collection, documentation, exhibition, public programming and management.

Congratulations Melvin!

Honouring Melvin Green, WBMNL Founding Father from Wooden Boats on Vimeo.

2015 “Only a Boat” Dinner & Auction Announced

Save the Date!

WBMNL’s biennial “Only a Boat” Dinner & Auction is an evening of entertainment in support of our wooden boat heritage. The event includes dinner, silent and live auctions,  and raffles for lots of great prizes. In previous years, auction and raffle prizes have included original artworks, concert tickets, dinner and hotel accommodations, airline tickets, and much more. All proceeds go towards WBMNL programs and initiatives dedicated to safeguarding the skills and knowledge of wooden boat building in Newfoundland and Labrador.

 Our 3rd “Only a Boat” Dinner & Auction will be held on February 28, 2015 

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