Photo: Our team has begun transferring canoes and kayaks to the new Collection Hall. On the left, empty racks line one of the five aisles, while canoes and kayaks fill the right side from floor to ceiling. Once complete, the Collection Hall will be home to more than 500 canoes and kayaks.
This Giving Tuesday, be part of something special – join us in our mission to Fill the Collection Hall with over 500 canoes, kayaks, and paddled watercraft, each with their own unique memories and histories!
The Canadian Canoe Museum recently achieved a significant milestone in our move to the water’s edge. 100 canoes and kayaks have been moved from the current Collection Center warehouse to the brand-new Collection Hall, where they are now installed on custom-built racks.
This milestone is significant because the Collection Hall and everything that it represents is the reason we embarked on this incredible journey in the first place!
“A key reason we’re making this move is to put this collection in a safe and accessible place that matches the quality and significance of the collection.”
With the 100 canoes and kayaks that will soon be on display in the Exhibition Hall already moved in this past summer, approximately 33% of the collection has been moved into the new museum.
We’ve made incredible progress on our final portage, but we still have a way to go, and we need your help to move the collection!
Photo: Collections assistants Dane Allendorf and Nicholas VanExan stand in the centre of an aisle and smile.
By making a donation this Giving Tuesday to Fill the Collection Hall, you will help ensure the safe and successful transfer of the entire collection into its new, permanent home.
The new Collection Hall will enable:
- Integrated, On-Site Storage: Providing 20,000 square feet of seamlessly integrated and accessible storage space for the collection, ensuring preservation (stewardship?) and ease of access for ongoing curation.
- Inspiring Visibility: Drawing in visitors with a captivating view from the Atrium and Mezzanine through magnificent 23-foot high glass windows, inviting everyone to witness the diversity and depth of the collection.
- Enhanced Artifact Care and Stewardship: The Collection Hall will care for the collection with Class “A” Museum Environmental Control standards, nurturing these artifacts with the utmost respect.
- Honouring of Cultural Histories: Embracing traditional care practices, the Collection Hall sets a precedent for the rest of the museum in accommodating practices like smudging ceremonies, and fostering an inclusive and respectful environment.
- Open Doors, Shared Stories: For the first time, the collection will be available to view via tours and appointments, facilitating increased engagements, connections, and understanding.
In this way, the Collection Hall becomes not just a repository but a living narrative where stories of the past find a vibrant home, ready to inspire and connect us all!
Photo: The 20,000-square-foot Collection Hall is situated on the main floor of the new museum, next to the Artisan Workshop where the living traditions of canoe building will be visible to inspire visitors. With 23-foot-high ceilings and a glass wall in the atrium and mezzanine, visitors will be able to take in the vast expanse and diversity of the collection for the first time in the museum’s history. (Rendering: Lett Architects Inc.)
“When people step into the Collection Hall or look through the window, they will immediately realize the story of the canoe is so much bigger than they ever imagined.”
The countdown to our grand opening in May has begun, and every contribution brings us one step closer to our goal. Let’s Fill the Collection Hall together and make history this Giving Tuesday!
We invite you to be part of this special moment as we share move-in milestones over the coming weeks and months as our once-distant dream becomes a reality.
Thank you for your continued support.
The Canadian Canoe Museum
Go behind the scenes in the brand new Collection Hall with this article by our media sponsor, kawarthaNOW
As its spring grand opening nears, hundreds of canoes make their journey across town to Peterborough’s new Canadian Canoe Museum
“As the spring grand opening of The Canadian Canoe Museum’s new facility on the shores of Little Lake draws closer, the museum is approaching another monumental milestone as part of its move — its team has begun to install the remainder of the world’s largest collection of paddled watercraft in the Collection Hall.
While the canoes and kayaks featured in the new 20,000-square-foot Exhibition Hall have already been moved in, these 100 watercraft represent only one-sixth of the entire collection that will be housed in the state-of-the-art facility at 2077 Ashburnham Drive.
Over the coming months, another 500 watercraft will be installed in the similarly sized Collection Hall. Once that milestone has been completed, the entire collection will — for the first time in the museum’s history — be under one roof and accessible to visitors. At the museum’s previous Monaghan Road location, visitors could only see around 20 per cent of the collection on exhibit.”