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The Final Portage

The Final Portage

Our Move the Collection: The Final Portage campaign journey has officially come to a close. It’s with immense pride and heartfelt appreciation that we share the monumental success achieved through the collective efforts of our passionate community!

Sponsors and donors have lifted a massive weight off our shoulders throughout this portage, and we extend our most sincere gratitude to you for helping us safely transport the collection to the new museum. Your donations, support, and enthusiasm have left a major mark on our journey. You’ve helped us reach the finish line, but more importantly, you’ve become an integral part of our story. Thank you!

Last but certainly not least, we want to extend our deepest appreciation to our wonderful Lead Portagers, Neil Morton and Mike Judson. The energy and passion these local canoe enthusiasts brought paved the way for an incredibly successful campaign.

“It has been an absolute honour to be Lead Portagers for this historical journey in the legacy of The Canadian Canoe Museum! Let’s pull together to finish this campaign strong!”

Neil Morton & Mike Judson

While the Move the Collection: The Final Portage campaign may have come to a close, the wider Move the Collection campaign journey charges on as we continue to move into the new space. The Exhibition Hall has been filled, but we need your help filling the Collection Hall, which holds about 5x more watercraft!

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About The Final Portage Campaign

The Canadian Canoe Museum, home to the world’s largest and most significant collection of paddled watercraft, is embarking on an extraordinary journey as we prepare to move the entire collection from its current landlocked location to our new waterfront museum and campus across the city.

However, we cannot achieve this historic move without the support of passionate businesses and individuals like yourself!

“Moving a collection of this size and scale in the span of months is no small feat for our team and supporters. This move represents a pivotal moment in our museum’s history. By relocating to Ashburnham Drive, we will not only enhance the accessibility and visibility of this extraordinary collection but also create a transformative experience for our visitors. We are inviting donors and sponsors to be a part of this monumental move and help us bring the legacy of paddled watercraft to a wider audience.”

Carolyn Hyslop, Executive Director

In honour of this moment, we are launching our new Move the Collection: The Final Portage campaign.

Led by avid paddling enthusiasts and local community leaders Mike Judson and Neil Morton this campaign follows the two as they carry a red canoe throughout downtown Peterborough to the Museum’s new 65,000-square-foot home on Ashburnham Drive in a symbolic portage of the move of the Museum’s entire watercraft collection. Through a series of videos and behind-the-scenes content, the Final Portage campaign seeks the support of donors and sponsors to make the relocation a resounding success.

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Mike and Neil’s journey has been documented in a series of videos, allowing you to witness the progress of our fundraising campaign as they portage past iconic local landmarks while building excitement for the Museum’s grand reopening!

Your contributions have allowed us to continue connecting people to our collective past and inspiring future generations through the safe relocation of this nationally significant collection.

A graphic with the words "Sponsor our Historic Move" in teal and red. The "O" in the word move is replaced with a backpack. A paddle acts as an exclamation mark at the end.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Lead Sponsor & Official Mover of The Canadian Canoe Museum

McWilliam's Moving & Storage Ltd. logo in green, featuring a clip-art representation of the Mayflower in a green and yellow gradient.
Dan McWilliams, of McWilliams Moving & Storage Ltd, stands smiling in a blue branded polo shirt with his hand on an overturned red Chestnut wooden canoe in the Canadian Canoe Museum's old Collection Centre at 910 Monaghan Road. Canoes wrapped in plastic can be seen in the background.

McWilliams Moving & Storage has been moving satisfied customers across town and across the country for more than 60 years. Based in Peterborough, Ontario, McWilliams provides a full range of exceptional moving services to families, individuals and businesses across all points of North America. We are your trusted moving experts.

“McWilliams Moving and Storage has been part of The Canadian Canoe Museum family since its inception with the first portage of museum artifacts from Dorset to Peterborough over two decades ago. We are honoured to continue this tradition as the Official Movers of The Canadian Canoe Museum and complete the final portage to the new architectural and cultural landmark in the city of Peterborough. Our team of highly qualified movers take great pride and care in the work they do. Having the opportunity to pack and transport these pieces of Canadian heritage allows McWilliams Moving and Storage to be part of the journey and story of this national icon settling in our great city.”

– Dan McWilliams, President, McWilliams Moving & Storage

Media Sponsor

kawarthaNOW's logo. It includes the text: A Quid Novis Production. Choose local. Keep it in the Kawarthas.
A photo taken from the seat of a yellow and black kayak on a lake, with trees and rock surrounding the shoreline. A person wearing a shirt decorated with kayaks paddles an identical yellow and black kayak in the center of the photo. is a locally owned online media news publication providing current events and community news and information to residents, visitors, relocators and cottagers in Peterborough and the greater Kawarthas area including Peterborough County, the City of Kawartha Lakes, and Northumberland, Hastings, and Haliburton counties. Our audience includes over 72,000 regular readers, over 75,000 social media followers and over 14,000 readers of our weekly VIP enews. provides advertising and digital marketing services to our advertisers and clients.

“kawarthaNOW is proud to be the official media sponsor for The Canadian Canoe Museum’s “Move the Collection” campaign. Our local and national waterways are vitally important to our heritage and future, and the canoes and kayaks in the Museum’s collection reflect both our national history and the local history of the “land of reflections” — The Kawarthas, Nogojiwanong and Odoonabi-ziibi. kawarthaNOW has a long history with The Canadian Canoe Museum, having been one of the first web developers to create a web presence for the Museum in 2002, and we continue to be ongoing supporters. We are lifelong kayakers and are committed to promoting the Museum and “the final portage” of the Museum’s collection to its new waterfront home both to our local audience and to the world.”

– Jeannine Taylor, CEO, founder, and publisher of

Tourism Sponsor

Peterborough & The Kawartha's Tourism logo in grey and green. The logo is made up of green clip art depicting landmarks, sports, arts and culture activities in a circle.
Six Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism staff members smile at the camera while a red Chestnut wooden canoe is lifted up behind them in the Canadian Canoe Museum's old Collection Centre at 910 Monaghan Road. They are all wearing black shirts with the Peterborough & the Kawarthas logo on it in white, and many are wearing plaid shirts tied around their waists.

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism (PKT) is a division of Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development and is the official Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for the City and County of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. PKT operates the year-round Visitor Centre located at 270 George Street North on the first floor, in downtown Peterborough, Ontario.

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism provides industry leadership and destination marketing services to attract visitors to the region. We are a not-for-profit, partnership-based organization with more than 400 tourism partners, with the objectives of promoting the destination, increasing visitation and economic impact for the industry, our partners and our community. The mission of Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development promotes and facilitates business opportunities to create a thriving economy, resulting in regional prosperity.

Final Portage Partners

Grant Thorton's logo. It features a purple circle swirling in on itself.
Ten Grant Thorton staff members smile at the camera while  lifting up a red Chestnut wooden canoe in the Canadian Canoe Museum's old Collection Centre at 910 Monaghan Road. They are all wearing purple shirts with the Grant Thorton logo in white.

Grant Thornton is a leading Canadian accounting and business advisory firm providing audit, tax and advisory services—locally in Peterborough and across Canada— to dynamic privately owned, publicly listed and public sector organizations. Our experienced advisors are dedicated to helping our clients, colleagues, and communities thrive.

“We’re excited to be a partner of the Canadian Canoe Museum’s Move the Collection – The Final Portage campaign. This is a wonderful opportunity to not only support the Peterborough community but to also be part of a pivotal moment in the museum’s history. We believe that this sponsorship will help create a meaningful impact on the community and deepen our shared understanding of Canadian and Indigenous histories.”

Final Portage Supporters

Mike Cara's logo with yellow and white text on a black background. Text on the logo says FRSA 10500 Mortgage Broker. A graphic showing a hand holding a house made of arrows facing upwards says The Mortgage Store - Your Advocate Since 1990.

Miigwech, Thank You, Merci

Funded by: Federal Economic Development Agency for Ontario. Financé par: Agence fédérale de développement économique pour le Sud de l'Ontario. Features a Canada wordmark with a Canadian flag.

The “Big Lift” project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

Le project «Big Lift» a été rendu possible en partie grâce au gouvernement du Canada.

Fun Fact!

If you were to line our watercraft collection up end-to-end, it would stretch more than 3km. That’s approximately the distance between our current location and our new waterfront home!

A graphic depicting four people wearing packs portaging a red canoe.
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The Canadian Canoe Museum respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on the Treaty 20 Michi Saagiig territory and the traditional territory covered by the Williams Treaties First Nations. The Canadian Canoe Museum also recognizes the contributions of Indigenous Peoples including First Nations, Inuit and Métis, in shaping this community and country as a whole.

As an organization that stewards the world’s largest and most significant collection of canoes, kayaks & paddled watercraft, we will honour and share the cultural histories and stories within the collection in all that we do.

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