A Message from Honourary National Council Chair, His Royal Highness,
Prince Andrew, Duke of York
I have been canoeing since I was at school in Lakefield, Ontario. The canoe is one of the things that makes Canada unique, and The Canadian Canoe Museum celebrates this fact.
Today the museum is housed in 1960s factory buildings–these facilities are unsuitable for the collection. At its core, the new museum will ensure that a fundamental part of Canadian heritage is not lost.
The new museum will see the canoe as a conduit to an extraordinary suite of experiences, as it shares Canadians’ stories. And, as the museum reaches out across the country and around the world, more people will have the opportunity, as I have, to see the unique portrait of Canada that has been composed through the canoe.
I believe this is a project of immeasurable cultural value and national resonance. As Honourary Chair of the National Council, and Patron since 2007, I am privileged to work with a distinguished group of Canadians to support this important project.