The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario, has stewarded, for the last 20 years, the world’s largest collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft. More than 600 in number, the watercraft and their stories have a pivotal role to play in understanding our past and, our collective future. As part of our responsibility for this one-of-a-kind collection, we are building it a new home that aspires to be as innovative as the canoe itself. The construction of this new museum at the water’s edge will be supported by a $65M campaign.

In 2013, the Senate declared The Canadian Canoe Museum and its collection a cultural asset of national significance.

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A New Museum Progress Update | Fall 2019

2019 has been a busy year at The Canadian Canoe Museum. Our Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and our new museum project partners have been working hard to ensure that we are in the best possible position to share our one-of-a-kind...

Reflections On Our Journey To The East Coast

Robin Cavanagh, Jeremy Ward, and Fred Metallic in Listuguj First Nation viewing where we were in relation to the Seven Traditional Districts of the Mi’gmaq By Robin Binèsi Cavanagh, Director of Indigenous Peoples Collaborative Relations A large part of my...

Government of Canada invests $10 million in the new museum project

The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, announced today that the Government of Canada is investing $10 million to support the construction of the new museum. “It is an historic day, and on behalf of the entire canoe museum...

New Museum Progress Update

This week The Canadian Canoe Museum was given the opportunity to provide Peterborough City Council, sitting as Finance Committee, with a progress update on the new museum. Just over one year ago, Council made a $4 million commitment to the new museum. This incredible...

The new museum: A welcoming home for all our relations

The following is an introductory blog written by Robin Binèsi Cavanagh, who has recently joined the museum in the new role of Director of Indigenous Peoples’ Collaborative Relations.  I did not understand the significance of my birthplace until my late twenties. I was...

*Please note that the images of the new museum throughout the website are conceptual drawings.


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