MLA Antique Boat Show

Mark Saturday August 13, 2016 in your calendar; come out, and enjoy a day with these fine craft and their owners.  The show runs from 10 AM to 4 PM.  Admission is free.

The Age of Elegance - 2014 show review

When we reflect on the glory days in Muskoka’s boating history, we often think of the period between 1890 and the early 1930s.  The archives at the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre are rich with photographs of period waterfront resorts and “cottages”, ladies with long dresses and men in their jackets.  Our historians delight in telling the stories of that period because there is so much to tell.  It was the Age of Elegance.

Old photos show the numerous “White Boats”, steamboats of all sizes and early gasoline powered motor boats, and of course those unique Muskoka Built Mahogany Launches.  Our Boat Show this year promised to delight you with a generous array of each.

Our poster boat this year is a perfect example of the Age of Elegance.  It is Paul and Helen Gareau’s Marmilwood, affectionately known as The Big M, so named by workers at Duke Boats where it was restored in the mid 1960’s.  It is a 32’ 1927 Minett-Shields originally built for Robert Eaton, a nephew of Timothy Eaton who had a cottage of the same name in Milford Bay.   In 1939 the Big M was gifted to the Taylor Statten Camps on Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park and was used to transport campers and their parents to and from the camps.  Discarded in the mid 1960’s it was purchased by the Smythe family as a gift to their father Stafford of Maple Leaf Hockey fame.  It was one of the first major antique boat restorations undertaken in Muskoka, starting a new restoration industry which thrives to this day.

The MLA Boat Show brings together fine surviving examples of the wooden boats built and used in Muskoka by those who went before us.  These wooden boats are maintained and cared for as never before.  With luck and love, they will tell their stories of the Age of Elegance for many generations.

The MLA Antique Boat Show is a bi-annual event held in Port Carling.  It was started by the late Bob Purves to honour boats that have been built in Muskoka, or have spent most of their life in Muskoka Waters.

 

The Antique Boat Show is a bi-annual event held in Port Carling and sponsored by the Muskoka Lakes Association.  It was started in 1971 by the late Bob Purves to honour boats that have been built in Muskoka or have spent most of their life in Muskoka Waters.

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