About the Project

A major cultural and recreational destination between Toronto and Ottawa, the new museum will be located next to the Peterborough Lift Lock and the Trent-Severn Waterway – both National Historic Sites.

Visionary Award-Winning Design

The new museum’s architecture has been envisioned with, and for, its community and the facility will be a leader in 21st century sustainable design with a LEED silver designation. The new home for the collection will be as innovative as the canoe itself, and will play a key role in the stewardship of this national cultural asset.

Award Winning Architectural Team

heneghan peng & Kearns Mancini Architects

The visionary design of the new museum was created by architects heneghan peng of Dublin, Ireland, in a joint venture with Toronto’s Kearns Mancini Architects. The Irish-Canadian team won the international architectural design competition for the museum’s redevelopment. The team’s elegant, serpentine glass pavilion graced by a rooftop garden, was chosen as part of the two-stage competition to house this world-class collection.

In addition to the new Palestinian Museum, heneghan peng architects designed the Grand Egyptian Museum, currently under construction in Giza at the foot of the pyramids, and the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Center in Northern Ireland at the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kearns Mancini’s work includes dynamic university buildings in Canada as well as the award-winning Fort York Visitor Centre, with Patkau Architects, that inserts a powerful Cor-ten steel and glass volume below Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway.

A Whole New Visitor Experience

The museum exhibitions will be immersive, dynamic and experiential thus allowing the visitor to engage in multiple ways. The spaces, in the building, on-land and on-the-water, will offer new and exciting experiences.

World Class Exhibit Designers

GSM Project

The Canadian Canoe Museum has partnered with GSM Project following a nationwide selection process. GSM Project will work alongside staff and the Exhibit Design Committee to create visitor experiences in both the exhibition galleries and collection centre. CCM will join GSM Project’s repertoire of more than 1,000 exhibit designs in more than 120 cities worldwide. GSM Project was the lead designer of the new Canadian History Hall at the Canadian Museum of History – the largest exhibition about Canadian history ever developed. They also recently completed The Alaska Gallery at the Anchorage Museum; Human at the Montreal Science Centre; three of the galleries at the new Canada Science and Technology Museum; and the Canada Goose Arctic Gallery at the Canadian Museum of Nature.

The Building

The new museum will play a vital role in shaping the region’s identity as a premier destination.

The approximately 83,000 square-foot facility, purpose-built for the collection, will emerge from the drumlin – complementing the lift lock and contouring the waterway. The site-sensitive facility will offer stunning views of its one-of-a-kind surroundings.

71% of the space in the new museum supports mission-driven activities and includes the Exhibition Galleries, Collection Centre, Research and Knowledge Centre, classrooms, artisan skills workshops, a canoe-building studio and an array of other spaces. The spaces will provide the collection with a national standard of artifact care and preservation.

29% of the space consists of visitor support services and includes the Galleria, a gathering space spanning the length of the building that is open to the public at no change, a café with car, a gift shop and a large Event Centre with pre-function space including a catering kitchen.

With a 100% intensive green roof; more than 60% of the wall area below grade; and extensive use of the latest lighting, mechanical systems and controls, the museum will be almost 40% more energy efficient than a comparable design that only meets current standards and codes.

Design & Build News

New Museum Progress Update

This week The Canadian Canoe Museum was given the opportunity to provide Peterborough City Council, sitting as Finance Committee, with a progress update on the new museum. Just over one year ago, Council made a $4 million commitment to the new museum. This incredible...

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Architectural Inspiration Revealed

The Canadian Canoe Museum's architectural team, lead by heneghan peng, of Dublin, Ireland, will share with community members its inspiration for the new building's award-winning design at a public presentation next week. The presentation, titled Architectural...

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