Peterborough County
Peterborough County

The Canadian Canoe Museum, located on the Traditional Territory of the Williams Treaties First Nations, 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 along the water’s edge. 

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

Why a New Museum?

The Building Overview

The Exhibits Inside

Collaborative Relations

Our Project Team

National Council

Ways to Support

Move the Collection

Opening in winter 2024! 

Grand opening celebrations will be held the weekend of May 11, 2024.

Secure your admission tickets now for the first few weeks of opening!

Discover a new skill through hands-on learning in one of our first workshops!

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The Journey

Led by avid paddling enthusiasts and local community leaders Mike Judson and Neil Morton The Move the Collection: Final Portage campaign will see the two carry a red canoe throughout downtown Peterborough this summer and fall to its new 65,000-square-foot home on Ashburnham Drive in a symbolic portage of the upcoming move of the Museum’s entire watercraft collection. 

Follow the progress of our move and fundraising campaign as they portage past iconic local landmarks while building excitement for the Museum’s grand reopening!

Latest Video


Giving Tuesday: Fill the Collection Hall

Giving Tuesday: Fill the Collection Hall

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...

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