On Canadian Ground - Stories of Footwear in Early Canada See more of the Virtual Museum of Canada
ExhibitionMemorable Shoes

KAMIKS OF THE INUIT
MOCCASINS OF THE FIRST NATIONS
CHANGING STYLES - THE ROLE OF TRADE & VOYAGEURS
CANADIAN FOOTWEAR IN THE AGE OF THE CRAFTSMAN
CANADIAN FOOTWEAR IN THE AGE OF THE MACHINE

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Welcome to our Memorable Shoes. These artifacts have been chosen as exhibition highlights not only because they are stellar examples of craftsmanship, but because they reflect the essence of footwear stories in early Canada. By studying them we can learn much about available natural resources, protection from the varied Canadian climate as well as the exchange of goods and knowledge between Aboriginals and immigrants of European descent. In addition, they inform us of the need for both practical and fancy footwear amongst all of the founding cultures, as well as the transition from handcrafted to machine-made footwear. Whether for traversing arctic ice and snow, hunting on the forest floor, exploring the granite outcrops of the Canadian Shield or navigating the mud, cobblestones and corduroy roads of early farms and settlements, these shoes are memorable for their significant contribution to the narrative of early Canadian footwear.
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