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.

Why Build?

The Building

The Exhibits

Project Team

National Council

Ways to Donate


Champions of The Canadian Canoe Museum join its National Council

 The Canadian Canoe Museum is pleased to introduce its National Council – a group of distinguished individuals who are champions of the work of the organization, past, present and future. These 32 individuals from across Canada and beyond, are lending their names in...

Building A Museum Upon Relationships

Nearly two decades ago, the fledgling Canadian Canoe Museum set out on a journey to develop 20,000 square feet of exhibits for nine, newly-created galleries within its renovated factory setting. Among the many remarkable people who were part of that team...

Request for Expression of Interest Process

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST PROCESS The Canadian Canoe Museum stewards the world’s largest collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft. This collection, with its more than 600 watercraft, inspires connection, curiosity and new understanding. We are...

New Museum’s Exhibit Design Committee to Be Led by Dianne Lister

Design and development of the new museum’s exhibition spaces to begin in earnest The Canadian Canoe Museum is pleased to announce that Dianne Lister will lead the organization’s Exhibit Design Committee. A community leader and member of the organization’s Board of...

Looking Back at 2017

2017 was an incredible year for the museum! We hosted many events, launched a new exhibit and celebrated some significant milestones. We also made significant progress on our redevelopment project. A series of funding announcements related to our future home allowed...

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


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