Queen Victoria's son and heir to the throne, Edward, Prince of Wales, toured Canada in 1860. Among the gifts given to him in the colonies was a Montreal Canoe presented by the Hudson's Bay Company Governor Sir George Simpson.

Unknown artist, London Illustrated News, 1860
Birch-Bark Canoe Presented to his Royal Highness . . .
Canadian Museum of Civilization (98-08)

G.H. Andrews, London Illustrated News, 1860
The Prince of Wales in Canada - The Lumberers Regatta - Ottawa
Canadian Museum of Civilization (96-444)

Nineteen years old when he visited the Canadian colonies in 1860, Edward, Prince of Wales, immensely enjoyed the spectacle of canoe races, timber rafting, and other water contests.

By the time of Confederation in 1867, river and lake crossings in Canada were no longer accomplished almost exclusively by canoe since large sailboats or steamers were available to carry cargo and passengers. Nevertheless, canoes were still highly popular and useful vessels in all regions.

Alfred Jones, London Illustrated News, 1870s
Boat Regatta at Ottawa
Canadian Museum of Civilization (96-445)