About The Canadian Canoe Museum
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.
The Canadian Canoe Museum has more than 600 canoes, kayaks, and paddled watercraft in its collection.
More than 100 canoes and kayaks are on display in the galleries.
In 2013, the Senate of Canada declared The Canadian Canoe Museum and its collection a cultural asset of national significance.
About the New Museum
The Canadian Canoe Museum is creating a new cultural destination that will inspire visitors to learn about Canada’s collective history and reinforce our connections to land, water and one another – all through the unique lens of the iconic canoe. Located on a five-acre site at the Little Lake waterfront in Peterborough, the Museum’s new home is expected to open in the summer of 2023. Learn more at canoemuseum.ca/new-museum.
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Recent News Releases
Canadian Canoe Museum receives $750,000 to develop exhibits for new 20,000-square-foot Exhibition Hall
Canadian Canoe Museum receives a $750,000 investment from FedDev Ontario towards developing exhibits for the new museum’s 20,000-square-foot Exhibition Hall.
Temporary closure extended as The Canadian Canoe Museum continues emergency repairs following storm damage
This week saw a flurry of activity at The Canadian Canoe Museum as restoration and repair crews worked to address the serious damage caused by the storm (a derecho) on May 21st. The storm’s violent...
An update regarding the damage sustained by The Canadian Canoe Museum following last Saturday’s severe storm
If you’ve driven or wandered by the Museum these past few days, you may have witnessed some of the damage we sustained during the severe thunderstorm that affected Peterborough and the surrounding...
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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.