A sense of place in every piece.

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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.


Marcus French Rodney

January 9th, 2024-March 28th, 2024


“You keep songs alive, stories alive. Why not keep boats alive? That’s what got us here and kept us here for a long time.”

Paul Curtis, St. Lunaire

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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