Thunder Bay city councillors heard from the mayor of Atikokan at a meeting Monday night, as he pleaded his case to bring the 1967 centennial canoe to his town.
That community — also known as the canoe capital of Canada — has a particular attachment to the vessel, as a resident helped paddle the canoe during the Centennial Race.
Atikokan Mayor Dennis Brown asked Thunder Bay councillors to give the canoe to his community, where it would be put on display.
"Surely that's something we need to be proud of in Ontario. We need to display our history …to preserve it," he said.
"It sure deserves more respect than to be put under a tarp."
The canoe is currently stored at Fort William Historical Park, on a custom trailer, under a tarp.
Brown learned the canoe was given away more than 15 years ago to the Neebing Voyageur Brigade.
The private group told council it will consider Atikokan’s request.