Gone Fishin'

May – August 2023

I am Canadian-Canadian Outdoor Collectibles is bringing a special collection of fishing nostalgia and fun to the Museum this summer. Your fishing memories will surely be sparked with this fun look at Canada’s fishing past.

Having a fishing history that predates confederation, our methods have evolved from primarily a food source, into what is now a large and varied sports-fishing industry, with offshoots in most communities in Canada. Fishing has seen some items be it a reel, lure, rods, boats, motors and more all being made in Canada at one point or another. World affairs, geography, trade policy and distribution methods have all came into playing a role, with regional items and indeed species playing a huge role, to this day.

“My grandfather used to have a little white boathouse, tucked into a small bay, in Bolsover Ontario. It always seemed like a special place, with every nook and cranny having something in it, relating to enjoying fishing. From old lures and rods, to a cedar strip boat, it is a memory that helped shape a few young people, with questions arising many years later about its history and origins in Canada”- (fishing memories, private collector)

Welcome to Gone Fishin’. Some distinctly Canadian fishing history lies within.

Plan my visit


Monday – Saturday: 10am–5pm
Macpherson House: Open for tours in the summer


Adults: $3
Children Under 12: Free


Adults: $25*
Students/Seniors: $20*
*Does not include MacPherson House or special event programming.

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Museum hours

Monday – Saturday: 10am–5pm

*closed on holiday weekend Saturdays and Mondays

Macpherson House & Park hours

Closed for the season – stay tuned for 2023 updates

Archives Hours

Monday – Friday: 10am – 12pm*, 1pm –4pm

*closed from 12pm –  1pm 

Museum and Archives daily rate

Adults (ages 13+): $3
Children (ages 12 and under): free

Museum & Archives location

97 Thomas St E, Napanee, ON K7R 4B9

Macpherson House & Park location

180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee, ON K7R 1B5