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Museum on the Move Media Kit: Construction Commencement

The Canadian Canoe Museum (CCM) will host a formal event, October 16, 2021, starting at 11:00am, celebrating the beginning of the building of its new world-class museum at the Johnson Property located at 2077 Ashburnham Drive in Peterborough, ON. Project donors, funders, partners and members will gather together at the property’s western point. The ceremony will be broadcast at 4:00pm ET on the Museum’s website at canoemuseum.ca.

Media are asked to register to attend the event by Noon on Friday, October 15, 2021, by emailing [email protected].

 

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News Release - ENGLISH


Museum on the Move: Canadian Canoe Museum Commences Construction

Takes significant step toward moving to the water’s edge

 

 

PETERBOROUGH, ON, OCT. 16, 2021 – The Canadian Canoe Museum (CCM) will host a formal event, today starting at 11:00am, celebrating the beginning of the building of its new world-class museum at the Johnson Property located at 2077 Ashburnham Drive in Peterborough, ON. Project donors, funders, partners and members will gather together at the property’s western point. The ceremony will be broadcast at 4:00pm ET on the Museum’s website at canoemuseum.ca.

“We are excited to celebrate the beginning of construction of our new world-class canoe museum in the company of our project partners, donors and funders and with our community as a whole,” said Victoria Grant, Teme-Augama Anishnabai Qway, chair, board of directors, The Canadian Canoe Museum. “These watercraft, conceived and built over millennia by the Indigenous Peoples of what is now Canada, were central to building relations between the First Peoples and those who arrived four hundred years ago from Europe, beginning our shared history. These beautiful and functional craft offer us a vehicle through which we can better understand and appreciate that history.  That understanding is essential in producing the Truth upon which Reconciliation between the First Peoples and those who came later must be founded.”

The new museum will enable CCM to house 100 per cent of its collection in a building that meets Class A conservation standards, directly on the water, which allows for increased on-water and in-person programming while being a key cultural tourism driver in what will become a vibrant community hub on the Peterborough waterfront.

“It has been a long journey, and we are very excited that construction is starting. The new Canadian Canoe Museum is a welcome addition to the Peterborough/Nogojiwanong waterfront and will continue to be an important community asset,” noted Peterborough Mayor, Diane Therrien. “The new location and state of the art build will be an attraction for locals and tourists alike. The City is proud to be a partner in this exciting venture.”

The project is made possible by the generous support of the Government of Canada, Province of Ontario, the City and County of Peterborough, the Weston Family Foundation, along with other very generous lead donors and many donors from the community-at-large.

“CCM is incredibly grateful and proud of our extraordinarily successful fundraising of the last few months,” said Carolyn Hyslop, executive director, The Canadian Canoe Museum. “I’m overjoyed to announce that we have received significant donations, totalling $2M, from family foundations from across the country, affirming that this project, and our fundraising campaign, continues to have incredible momentum.”

Johnson Property is situated on Little Lake, north of Beavermead Park and south of the Parks Canada-Trent Severn Waterway head offices. The new canoe museum will be built on a flat portion of the property, away from the floodplain, on the open land along Ashburnham Drive so as to preserve the existing trail, shoreline and natural waterfront. The new museum slated for completion in 2023.

About The Canadian Canoe Museum (www.canoemuseum.ca)
With a world-class collection as a catalyst, The Canadian Canoe Museum inspires connection, curiosity and new understanding. In partnership with individuals, groups and communities – locally, provincially and nationally – we work to experience and explore all that our collection can inspire. This sees students opening their minds in our galleries; community members connecting through artisanry; people of all ages getting on the water and learning to paddle; and exhibitions and events that spark conversation and collaboration.

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For further information:
Caroline Spivak
Profile Communications Corp.
[email protected]
416.371.9740

News Release - FRENCH

Le musée déménage : La construction du Musée canadien du canot débute

Étape importante en vue de son déménagement au bord de l’eau

PETERBOROUGH, Ont., 16 OCT. 2021 – À compter de 11 h aujourd’hui, le Musée canadien du canot (MCC) organisera un événement officiel pour marquer le début de la construction de son nouvel emplacement sur la propriété Johnson, située au 2077, rue Ashburnham, à Peterborough, en Ontario. Les donateurs, bailleurs de fonds, partenaires et autres participants au projet se réuniront à la pointe ouest de la propriété. La cérémonie sera diffusée à 16 h (HE) sur le site Web du musée, à l’adresse canoemuseum.ca.

« Nous sommes ravis de souligner le début de la construction de notre nouveau musée du canot de classe mondiale, en compagnie de nos partenaires de projet, donateurs et bailleurs de fonds, ainsi qu’avec l’ensemble de notre communauté », a déclaré Victoria Grant, Teme-Augama Anishnabai Qway, présidente du conseil d’administration du Musée canadien du canot. « Ces embarcations, conçues et construites pendant des millénaires par les peuples autochtones de ce qui est aujourd’hui le Canada, ont joué un rôle central dans l’établissement des relations entre les premiers peuples et les nouveaux arrivants d’Europe il y a quatre cents ans, amorçant le début de notre histoire commune. Ces embarcations à la fois magnifiques et fonctionnelles nous permettent de mieux connaître et comprendre notre histoire. Cette compréhension est essentielle pour faire ressortir la Vérité qui jettera les bases sur laquelle doit reposer la Réconciliation entre les premiers peuples et ceux qui sont arrivés par la suite. »

Le nouvel emplacement permettra au MCC d’abriter la totalité de sa collection dans un bâtiment répondant aux normes de conservation de classe A, directement sur l’eau, et de rendre possible une programmation enrichie d’événements ou d’activités nautiques à vivre en personne, tout en représentant un moteur clé du tourisme culturel dans ce qui deviendra un centre communautaire dynamique dans le secteur riverain de Peterborough.

« Ce fut un projet exigeant un long cheminement, et nous sommes extrêmement ravis que la construction puisse enfin commencer. Le nouveau Musée canadien du canot est une merveilleuse addition au secteur riverain de Peterborough/Nogojiwanong et il continuera d’être un atout communautaire important », a fait remarquer la mairesse de Peterborough, Diane Therrien. « Le nouvel emplacement et le bâtiment d’avant-garde seront un pôle d’intérêt tant pour les résidents locaux que pour les touristes. La ville est fière d’agir en tant que partenaire de ce projet emballant. »

Le projet est rendu possible grâce au généreux soutien du gouvernement du Canada, de la province de l’Ontario, de la ville et du comté de Peterborough, de la Fondation de la famille Weston, sans oublier les dons très généreux des principaux donateurs et de nombreux autres donateurs de la communauté élargie.                                                                                              

« Le MCC est incroyablement reconnaissant et fier du succès extraordinaire des collectes de fonds entreprises au cours de ces derniers mois », a dit Carolyn Hyslop, directrice générale du Musée canadien du canot. « Je suis plus que ravie d’annoncer que nous avons reçu des dons importants, d’un montant total de deux millions de dollars, de la part de fondations familiales de tout le pays, ce qui confirme que ce projet et notre campagne de financement continuent de bénéficier d’un soutien incroyable. »

La propriété Johnson se situe sur le lac Little, au nord du parc Beavermead et au sud des bureaux de Parcs Canada du lieu historique national de la Voie-Navigable-Trent-Severn. Le nouveau musée sera construit sur une partie plane de la propriété, à l’écart des terres inondables, sur le terrain non aménagé le long de la rue Ashburnham, de manière à préserver le sentier existant, la ligne de rivage et le secteur riverain naturel. La construction du nouveau musée devrait être terminée en 2023.

À propos du Musée canadien du canot (www.canoemuseum.ca)
Avec une collection de classe mondiale comme principal attrait, le Musée canadien du canot inspire le contact relationnel, la curiosité et une nouvelle compréhension. En partenariat avec divers particuliers, groupes et communautés locaux, provinciaux et nationaux, nous cherchons à expérimenter et à explorer tout ce que notre collection peut inspirer. Ainsi, des étudiants ouvrent leur esprit en visitant nos galeries, des membres de la communauté tissent des liens par le biais de l’artisanat, des personnes de tout âge vont sur l’eau et apprennent à pagayer, et des expositions et événements suscitent la conversation et la collaboration.

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Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements:
Caroline Spivak
Profile Communications Corp.
[email protected]
416.371.9740

Renderings

Graphics Credit: Lett Architects Inc., courtesy of The Canadian Canoe Museum.

Site Plan Rendering

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A major cultural and recreational destination between Toronto and Ottawa, the new museum will be located on the waterfront of Little Lake, in the heart of Peterborough, Ontario (2077 Ashburnham Drive).

The five-acre site of the new museum will provide stunning west-facing views of Little Lake, a connection to the Trans Canada Trail and will be surrounded by public parks. It will become a vibrant community space for outdoor activities and the Museum’s canoeing and outdoor programs and events. 

Exterior

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The Canadian Canoe Museum’s unique curved façade and use of weathered steel make for an impressive view from the street.

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The Canadian Canoe Museum makes an impression from the streetside. Its curving façade gently lifts to reveal the mass timber elements through large expanses of glazing. The building is clad in weathered steel panels, giving a warm quality to the Museum that suits its natural lakefront setting. The building’s impressive scale and unique design reinforce its status as a nationally significant museum.

Atrium South

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From the entrance of the Museum looking south, visitors experience the impressive, curved façade of the building and get a glimpse of the large fireplace in the café lounge.

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The Museum’s interior is a thoughtful blend of contemporary design and refined cottage sensibilities. The curved façade provides ample daylight into the space, and the swooping veil element adds interest and dynamism to the public atrium. The Museum features a large indoor/outdoor fireplace directly off the public café – the perfect spot to relax with a mug of hot chocolate after touring the Museum’s impressive world-class collection.

Atrium North

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The public atrium of the Canadian Canoe Museum features soaring double-high ceilings and beautiful exposed mass timber elements as well as views into the Museum’s Collection Centre.

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The entrance of the Canadian Canoe Museum features a soaring double-height atrium space with exposed mass timber elements and a beautiful wood ceiling. The atrium is the heart of the public space and contains the Museum’s reception area, retail zone, elevator, and the feature stairs to the exhibition hall on the second floor. From the atrium, the public is also offered access to the Artisan workshop to witness the art of canoe-making and restoration first-hand, as well as into the Museum’s collection storage center, where hundreds of watercraft rest on racking awaiting future exhibition.

Lakeview Terrace

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The public terrace directly off the Museum’s café offers scenic lakefront views and a large fireplace for the public to enjoy.

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Directly off the Museum’s café is a covered outdoor terrace where visitors can enjoy a beverage and a snack while taking in lakefront views. The terrace is also accessible from the Trans-Canada Trail to the west of the building, allowing the public to stop by for refreshments as they walk the local network of trails. This space features a large fireplace and comfortable seating, making it the perfect spot to relax as the sun sets over Little Lake.

Construction Commencement Event Images

Image is of the speakers and in order from left to right they are:
Chief Laurie Carr, Janet McCue, Chief Emily Whetung, Marcel Labelle, Min. Lisa MacLeod, MPP Dave Smith,  Carolyn Hyslop, ED, CCM, Victoria Grant, Chair, CCM BOD,  Jeremy Ward, Curator, CCM, Warden J. Murray Jones, Councilor Andy Dufrane

Credit: Photo by FusionRiver Photography, courtesy of The Canadian Canoe Museum. 

Image is of the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Team and in order from left to right they are:
Helen Batten, Basterfield & Associates Inc., Tim Coldwell, Chandos, Michael Harrington, JHG Consultants, Michael Gallant, Lett Architects, Carolyn Hyslop, ED, CCM, Bill Lett, Lett Architects, Victoria Grant, Chair, CCM BOD, Jeremy Ward, Curator, CCM, Scott Hunt, Chandos.

Credit: Photo by FusionRiver Photography, courtesy of The Canadian Canoe Museum. 

Media Inquiries

For further information:
Caroline Spivak
Profile Communications Corp.
[email protected]
416.371.9740

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