Move the Collection
A new, world-class Canadian Canoe Museum cannot exist without a world-class collection. And as you can imagine, moving more than 600 watercraft and 500 paddles, along with hundreds of artifacts and an entire archives and library collection to a new location is no small feat!
Every vessel and artifact requires detailed cleaning, documentation, stabilizing, packaging, transportation, a quarantine and inspection process and installation in the new museum. Each step is crucial to preserve this renowned collection so it can be shared for generations to come.
The new museum is vital to the care of this one-of-a-kind collection and the realization of all that it can inspire.
We need your help on this final portage to get the collection to its new waterfront home!
Help move the collection to:
- offer facilitated access to 100% of the collection
- increase educational and public programming
- honour its cultural histories and stories
- enhance artifact care, stewardship and accessibility
- inspire connection, curiosity and new understanding.
How do you move a collection of this size?
Under the direction of the Curatorial Department, staff and interns will be carefully cleaning, photographing, documenting, and packing each canoe and kayak before placing it on a custom pallet to see it safely moved. Once packed, each canoe will be tagged according to its future location in the impressive racking system within the Class “A” Collection Hall or to be incorporated into our brand new exhibits, making the move-in choreography as easy as possible.
Help us Move the Collection
Paddle & Pack
$100 – $500 donation
With your Great Portage contribution, you are supporting the transfer of the largest vessels cared for in the Museum’s collection (ranging from 25’ to 53’ long). This group of watercraft range from great cedar dugouts representing First Nations of the Pacific Northwest region to 15-person flatwater sprint “war canoes” used by racing clubs, to enormous Fur Trade era canoes.
These watercraft have a striking presence and their size tells a unique story, which also means their size poses unique challenges and accommodations in their handling and relocation. Each of these enormous vessels requires its own unique pallet, transportation and care to safely lift it to the second floor of the museum by way of a large davit crane that will swing out over the two-storey Atrium area.
With your Big Lift contribution, you are supporting the transfer of the Museum’s large-sized canoes and kayaks from across Canada and around the world (measuring from 18 to 25 feet in length). From rugged cargo canoes used in the Canadian north to sealskin-covered kayaks made in Inuit communities, to unusual expedition canoes made specifically for remarkable journeys, these large watercraft also require special accommodations in their handling and relocation.This is no regular portage, these bigger-than-average watercraft need a big lift.
With your Solo Carry contribution, you are supporting the transfer of the largest cohort of canoes and kayaks represented in the Museum’s collection (measuring up to 18′ in length). This diverse grouping includes birch bark canoes that span across North America, Inuit kayaks and umiaks, patented production offerings from wooden canoe manufacturers over more than a century and canoes and kayaks designed specifically for use at the Olympics and International competition.
Paddle & Pack
$100 – $500 donation
With your Paddle & Pack contribution, you are supporting the transfer of more than 500 paddles and other related equipment that enrich our understanding and add to the interpretive value of the watercraft themselves. Aside from paddles from across the continent and around the world, this collection includes canoe and kayak-making tools, food harvesting equipment, expedition gear used over centuries, canoe sailing gear and a myriad of other objects.