New virtual tours by The Canadian Canoe Museum engage seniors, reduce isolation

Seniors in Peterborough City and County will now be able to visit The Canadian Canoe Museum without leaving the comfort and safety of their residences, thanks to new funding.

Intended to reduce social isolation, and provide opportunities for community interaction, The Canadian Canoe Museum’s new virtual tours will engage seniors who are in longterm care, retirement residences, and living independently. The live virtual tours will connect seniors with a museum guide as they explore exhibits and artifacts, providing an opportunity to interact with museum staff and each other.

“We know that the need to self-isolate during COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the lives and mental health of seniors,” says Karen Taylor, Director of Programs. “The Canadian Canoe Museum is excited to develop new programming that will provide stimulating and enriching entertainment for local seniors who are unable to visit the museum at this time. While we have been offering virtual field trips for students for years now, this will be the first time we are able to offer virtual tours for adults! I am looking forward to sharing the collection’s stories with seniors in our community, and, above all, to fostering new ways of connecting with each other.”

Funding for this new initiative has been provided by the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Emergency Community Support Fund, which is being dispersed locally through the United Way of Peterborough.

More information is available at canoemuseum.ca/virtual-tours-for-seniors or by contacting Karen Taylor by email ( [email protected]) or phone (705) 7489153 ext. 203.

PETERBOROUGH, Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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