Gone Fishin’ Talk: Meet the Collector

Hear from the collector behind this past summer’s Gone Fishin’ exhibit, Donald Stokes. He will be speaking to his years of collecting pieces of Canada’s fishing history.

In addition to this captivating talk, our friend, Steve Tanner will be playing live music!

Time: 6:30PM doors open and live music, with talk staring at 7:00PM

Demographic: Best for ages 13+

No pre-registration is required. 

Sneak Peek of the Talk:

“The first thing I learned when I started to look at Canadian made outdoor collectibles, was that things are not quite what one may think. The simple act of noting “made in Canada”, can be an eye opener.

Oddly despite, how ingrained it is into what it means for many, its history remains largely ignored, as to what has and has not worked and how it came into being. In short, a lot of the stories were never recorded. In recent years, a change in collecting began to see a slight shift that has begun to see some of these items and the people behind them celebrated.” – Donald Stokes

And yes, it is perfectly fine to bring in your tackle box or favourite rod and reel. Questions are encouraged!

Presenter Bio:

My grandfather used to have an old boathouse, in Bolsover, Ontario. It seemed like a special place and its memories remain sweet as time moves on. Every nook and cranny held something magical, from the old metal fishing rods, to our cedar strip boat, to even gently peeking into the water hoping to catch a sudden swirl of a muskellunge.

This eventually led to pursuing older fishing items as a collection. At first it began with some common names with no regard to origin. After extensive travel in various parts of the country, the collection become more focused and it has now been thirty years and counting.

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Please note that the Museum & Archives will be closed from Saturday, September 2nd - Monday, September 4th for the Labour Day long weekend.

Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, September 5th.
Have a great long weekend!