The new museum is vital to the care of this world-class collection and the realization of all that it can inspire. A collection of this calibre deserves the very best possible home – to preserve, promote and protect, and to foster skills and traditions for generations to come.
At the core of the new museum will be the Exhibition Galleries and Collection Centre – spaces totalling 37,000 square feet. For the first time, the entire collection will be on site and accessible as part of the visitor experience.
- Exhibition Galleries – Approximately 17,000 square feet of Class A (curatorial standard) exhibit space expected to feature thematic exhibition zones.
- Collection Centre – Approximately 20,000 square feet of Class A (curatorial standard) open storage space, featuring more than 500 full-sized watercraft stored on individual mounts and arranged on racking systems, as well as small artifacts storage.
Visitors will also see and hear Indigenous languages and voices from the moment they enter the Museum, with the local Michi Saagig dialect of Anishnaabemowin used throughout the building and within its exhibits alongside English and French, with additional Indigenous languages featured in relation to specific watercraft.
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
Before us, is the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to design and develop exhibits for this collection of national scope and significance. This new suite of exhibits will determine how the stories the collection carries will be presented to all those who visit.
With this opportunity, we realize and accept our responsibility. We must, and we will honour the cultural histories and stories within the collection. Guided by the canoes in our collection, we will be reaching out across the country to consult, and to build relationships with Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals and communities.
As we work to shape the exhibits for the new museum, we will create the conditions for collaboration, and the foundation for long-term relationships. These reciprocal relationships are the new beginnings that will chart the course for every facet of the Museum’s future.
A critically important component of this work, we will be broadening and deepening our collaborative relations with Indigenous Peoples.
The Museum’s curatorial staff team is working with experts, thought leaders, and community members from coast to coast to coast to ensure that the collection is experienced to its fullest in the new exhibit spaces.
CCM Exhibits Design Team
Jeremy Ward (Curator) • Dr. Laura Peers (Exhibits Project Manager) • Beth Stanley (Associate Curator) • MaryJane Proulx (Exhibits Project Coordinator) • Karen Taylor (Director of Programs) • Carolyn Hyslop (Executive Director)
As part of our commitment to collaborative relations, the Museum is beginning to work directly with eight Indigenous communities and with an emerging Indigenous museum professional to ensure that Indigenous knowledges, perspectives, and voices are directly represented in the exhibitions and educational programming. We will be announcing these roles shortly.
Exhibits Design Firm
The Museum has also partnered with GSM Project, following a nationwide search process. The firm is working alongside staff to create truly unique visitor experiences. The Museum has joined GSM Project’s repertoire of more than 1,000 exhibit designs in more than 120 cities worldwide. GSM Project was the lead designer of the new Canadian History Hall at the Canadian Museum of History – the largest exhibition about Canadian history ever developed.
Learn more about our exhibit design process and our approach to collaborative relations here.
Design & Build News
Takes significant step toward moving to the water’s edgeThe Canadian Canoe Museum (CCM) will host a formal event, today starting at 11:00am, celebrating the beginning of the building of its new world-class museum at the Johnson Property located at 2077 Ashburnham...
Building to begin in October The Canadian Canoe Museum (CCM) today announced that on September 22, 2021 it completed the purchase of Johnson Property, from the City of Peterborough. The land at 2077 Ashburnham Drive in Peterborough, ON is the site where it will build...
New Canadian Canoe Museum to feature languages and voices from Indigenous communities throughout exhibits
Indigenous Languages Program supported by TD Bank Group Kokomis Tchiman, a 26-foot long birchbark canoe built by Marcel Labelle, Métis elder and canoe-builder from the Mattawa Ontario region, sits on display in the Canadian Canoe Museum’s collection storage centre....
Dear Community Members, Recent inaccurate comments by the Peterborough Canoe & Kayak Club (The Club), as reported in the Peterborough Examiner on Friday, August 19, 2021, have caused confusion amongst our members and our community in general and we are writing to...
Consultation next step in planning for new museum buildThe Canadian Canoe Museum (CCM) announced today that it is hosting a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at 6:30 pm EDT, via Zoom, when it will unveil details about its new museum. This will...
Marks significant milestone in advancing new museum buildThe Canadian Canoe Museum (CCM) and the City of Peterborough announced today the conditional purchase and sale of Johnson Property, the City-owned land at 2077 Ashburnham Drive in Peterborough, ON. City Council...
Background The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario, stewards the world’s largest collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft. More than 600 in number and with a significant representation of Indigenous canoe cultures from across Canada and around...
Clears way for next phase of feasibility workThe Canadian Canoe Museum (CCM) announced today that Johnson Park, the City-owned property at 2077 Ashburnham Drive in Peterborough, ON, has been deemed viable for the building of its new canoe museum. This confirmation...
Environmental assessments set to begin at end of November The Canadian Canoe Museum (CCM) announced today that it has identified Johnson Park, the City-owned property at 2077 Ashburnham Drive in Peterborough, ON, as the preferred site for the building of its new canoe...