This week saw a flurry of activity at The Canadian Canoe Museum as restoration and repair crews worked to address the serious damage caused by the storm (a derecho) on May 21st. The storm’s violent winds tore signage off the building, blew out windows in the Collection Centre, downed trees, and tore up our main building’s roof membrane, which allowed significant rain and moisture to enter the galleries. We are happy to report that the watercraft collection is safe and has suffered no damage.

The Museum is grateful for the excellent local tradespeople who have worked tirelessly to address these issues. We have been impressed with their commitment and professionalism as we’ve navigated this latest challenge together.

Unfortunately, despite best efforts, repairs to one section of the Museum’s roof will take a little longer to complete. Out of an abundance of caution and to ensure a positive visitor experience, sadly, the Museum will remain closed until this work is complete.

While we cannot provide an exact date just yet, we will share an update on our website and social media when we can reopen for summer visitation.

Until then, we encourage you to explore our virtual learning resources, including recorded and 360-degree tours. In addition, our online store continues to be open, and we ship worldwide (in fact, now is the perfect time to order a gift for Father’s Day!).

We look forward to welcoming visitors back very soon!

Thank you,
Carolyn Hyslop
Executive Director