A Journey of Connection

Learn how our world-class collection and museum is connecting Canada to the land, water, and one another.

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About Us

Welcome to The Canadian Canoe Museum, located on the Traditional Territory of the Williams Treaties First Nations in Peterborough, Ontario! For more than 25 years, The Canadian Canoe Museum has stewarded the world’s largest and most significant collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft.

More than 600 in number, the watercraft and their stories have a pivotal role to play in understanding our past and our collective future. As part of our responsibility for this one-of-a-kind collection, we have built it a new home along the water’s edge.

We invite you to explore this world-class collection and uncover the stories that shape our collective identity. From honouring Indigenous traditions to embracing diverse perspectives, our commitment to stewardship extends far beyond artifact preservation—it’s a pledge to foster meaningful connections and inspire new generations of stewards. Come paddle with us!

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Our Mission

With our world-class collection as a catalyst, The Canadian Canoe Museum inspires connection, curiosity and new understanding.

Our Vision

Canadian heritage connecting all peoples to the land and to each other.

An aerial concept render of the new museum along Ashburnham Drive, with Little Lake in the background.

Our Commitment

Our commitment begins with stewardship and leads to outstanding opportunities for connection and experience.


We believe that a world-class collection and cultural asset of national significance deserves the best possible home to provide the care it requires and to foster and support these skills and traditions for generations to come.

We are:

  • Enhancing care, stewardship and accessibility by housing 100% of the Museum’s collection in a facility that meets Class “A” Museum Environment Control standards.
  • Facilitating access to the entire collection on-site.
  • Creating an accessible Knowledge & Research Centre consisting of Archives Storage, a Library & Research Room, and a recording area to preserve oral histories, allowing researchers and students to benefit from these collections.
  • Offering dedicated spaces and opportunities for artisans and builders-in-residence to share hands-on learning with students of all ages – preserving skills and perpetuating traditions.


We believe we have a unique opportunity, with the canoe as our lens, to share Canadians’ stories, aspiring to include and welcome diverse voices and perspectives from across the country.

We are:

  • Honouring the cultural histories and stories within the collection by engaging with and learning from First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities.
  • Guided by the Calls to Action from the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
  • Providing opportunities for all visitors to find their place at the Museum and connect with the collection in their own unique way.
  • Ensuring voices and languages from Indigenous communities are seen and heard through the Museum and exhibits (as part of the Indigenous Languages Program supported by TD Bank Group through the TD Ready Commitment).
  • Featuring temporary and travelling exhibits that will broaden the visitor experience.


We believe that the best way to learn is by doing – encouraging hands-on discovery for a deeper understanding.

We are:

  • Expanding experiential learning opportunities in the Museum, outside the Museum, on the water and virtually.
  • Providing dedicated spaces that encourage and facilitate hands-on learning.
  • Inspiring adventure, spiritual connection, personal reflection and discovery.
  • Ensuring the Museum is accessible and inclusive to all by meeting or exceeding the standards set by the Canadian Standard Association’s “Accessible Design for the Built Environment” and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
  • Creating indoor and outdoor multipurpose gathering spaces to support community events, celebrations, event rentals and programs.

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Our Journey

How did we get here? The Canadian Canoe Museum is more than a collection of watercraft; it is also the story that each artifact carries with it. Learn more about where we started and our journey to the water’s edge.

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Our Team

We can’t portage alone! Meet the dedicated Canadian Canoe Museum team of staff and board members.

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A group of paddlers in a large voyageur canoe look up to the sky at the camera.

National Council

Learn about the Museum’s National Council, a group of distinguished individuals who are passionate about the work of the organization – past, present and future.

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Working with Indigenous Peoples

The Canadian Canoe Museum supports the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, and we are working with Indigenous Peoples to care for and share the culture and history of the canoe.

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A conceptual rendering of The Canadian Canoe Museum's Atrium. The Atrium is full of school children, visitors at the front desk, a volunteer working on a canoe in the artisan studio, and visitors enjoying the cafe.

Plans, Reports, & Financials

Learn about our strategic plans for the future of the Museum and view past annual and financial reports.

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Employment Opportunities

Join our team! Learn about employment opportunities at The Canadian Canoe Museum.

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Bill Mason's red canoe sits at the edge of the lake.

Canadian River Heritage Award

The Canadian Canoe Museum, in partnership with the Canadian Heritage Rivers System, recognizes outstanding individual contributions of national significance to river heritage and conservation with The Canadian Heritage River Award, which is awarded triannually.

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Media Centre

Access a collection of promotional resources and materials. We are always happy to work with media and share the story of the canoe with even more people!

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Our Policies

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Contact Us

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Truth & Reconciliation in Action

The Canadian Canoe Museum supports the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Rights (UNDRIP) as outlined and emphasized in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action specific to museums and archives.

Elder Eemeelayou Arnaquq writes Inuktitut words relating to the qajaq on chart paper.
Elder Eemeelayou Arnaquq writes Inuktitut words relating to the qajaq on chart paper.

Approach to Language

The Canadian Canoe Museum's new logo formatted vertically. On the left, the pictograph is centred on a red rock face and below it, "The Canadian Canoe Museum" appears in three languages, Anishnaabemowin, English, and French.

The Canadian Canoe Museum has worked closely with Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg knowledge holders to translate the Museum’s name into Anishnaabemowin, the language of the territory, lands and waters on which the Museum is situated.

In Anishnaabemowin, “Jiimaan Kinomaagewin” translates to “Canoe Place of Learning for All.” Our trilingual name (Anishnaabemowin, English, and French) is featured on the front of the building and incorporated into the Museum’s logo. Learn more about our logo.

The Canadian Canoe Museum’s logo pays tribute to the pictograph (mazinaawbikinigin) that inspired the Museum’s original logo, which is located on a rock face at Pictured Lake within the traditional territory of Fort Williams First Nation.

In addition to the logo, the Museum has been working with local knowledge keepers to translate interpretive content within the exhibitions, as well as wayfinding and signage throughout the building and outdoor campus.

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The Canadian Canoe Museum respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on the Treaty 20 Michi Saagiig territory and the traditional territory covered by the Williams Treaties First Nations. The Canadian Canoe Museum also recognizes the contributions of Indigenous Peoples including First Nations, Inuit and Métis, in shaping this community and country as a whole.

As an organization that stewards the world’s largest and most significant collection of canoes, kayaks & paddled watercraft, we will honour and share the cultural histories and stories within the collection in all that we do.

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2077 Ashburnham Dr
Peterborough, ON
K9L 1P8

Phone: 705-748-9153

Email: [email protected]


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