About The Canadian Canoe Museum
The Canadian Canoe Museum, located on the Traditional Territory of the Williams Treaties First Nations, in Peterborough, Ontario, has stewarded, for the last 25 years, the world’s largest and most significant collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft. More than 600 in number, these watercraft and their stories have a pivotal role to play in understanding our past and our collective future.
As part of the Museum’s responsibility for this cultural asset of national significance (Senate of Canada, 2013), it is building a new 65,000-square-foot home that aspires to be as innovative as the canoe itself.
The future home of The Canadian Canoe Museum, set to open later this summer or early fall, will invite visitors to walk in the front door of the Museum and paddle out the back with an array of outdoor programming on its new Lakefront Campus. Render by Lett Architects Inc, courtesy of The Canadian Canoe Museum.
About the New Museum
The new 65,000-square-foot museum and lakefront campus located on the Trent-Severn Waterway will not only care for the watercraft and share their stories, it will enable visitors and youth to experience the transformative nature of the canoe and enjoy the outdoors firsthand. The new facility on Little Lake (at 2077 Ashburnham Drive) will inspire the community and visitors to learn about Canada’s collective history and build connections to land, water and one another – all through the unique lens of the iconic canoe. Visitors will be able to walk through the front doors and paddle out the back!
Quick facts about the new museum:
- An inspiring two-storey, 65,000-square-foot, purpose-driven facility
- A dramatic 20,000-square-foot Exhibition Hall featuring a brand-new suite of exhibits
- An integrated Collection Hall allowing for the display of 100% of the Museum’s watercraft in a Class “A” controlled museum environment
- A Lakefront Events & Education Centre with a sweeping view of the lake
- An accessible Library & Research Room with Class “A” archival storage
- An authentic Artisan Studio and Canoe-Building Studio to facilitate hands-on learning for youth and adults alike
- The Museum has hired Indigenous Peoples from 6 different communities to support language-related projects that will create content for new exhibits
- Opening in late summer/early fall 2023
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Recent News Releases
Canadian Canoe Museum Announces $1.775M Transformative Gift for New Waterfront Campus
The campus will feature a Gathering Circle, a Canoe House, an accessible boardwalk, two seasonal canoe docks, and an adaptive canoe and kayak launch. Photo: Jeremy Ward (Curator), Rodger Wright...
New year, new museum: Canadian Canoe Museum provides a progress update ahead of an exciting year
Steady progress has been made, but industry-wide construction challenges have delayed the museum’s opening to late summer or early fall.
Brewing up a new partnership: The Canadian Canoe Museum announces the Silver Bean Café as the new museum’s café operator
Drinks, light lunches, tasty treats, and grab-and-go options will all be available at The Canadian Canoe Museum’s (CCM) new café and patio beginning next summer, thanks to a new partnership with the Silver Bean Café. Named the Silver Bean Café on the Lake, the café will offer tourists, surrounding neighbours, and the general public delectable delights year-round.
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New Museum Renderings
Graphics Credit: Lett Architects Inc., courtesy of The Canadian Canoe Museum.
Site Plan Rendering
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.
The Canadian Canoe Museum’s unique curved façade and use of weathered steel make for an impressive view from the street.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The public terrace directly off the Museum’s café offers scenic lakefront views and a large fireplace for the public to enjoy.
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.