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Embrace new experiences in our new state-of-the-art Museum on the shores of Little Lake.

Whether you are exploring incredible stories through the canoes in our Exhibition Hall, getting your hands dirty at the Campfire Pit or in the Artisan Studio, enjoying Little Lake from a canoe, or building a connection at the Gathering Circle or the Silver Bean Cafe, you are bound to make memories and learn something new with every visit!

Named one of the Best Cultural Spots on National Geographic’s Best of the World 2024, the brand’s annual guide of the most exciting, meaningful, and one-of-a-kind travel experiences for 2024!

Hours of Operation

The Museum’s Exhibition Hall, Store, and Lakefront Campus all have the same hours of operation.

The Cafe will open 1 hour earlier than the rest of the Museum, and food will no longer be served 1 hour before closing. Baked goods, ice cream, and beverages will still be available.

Daily10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day
A conceptual rendering of The Canadian Canoe Museum's Atrium. The Atrium is full of school children, visitors at the front desk, a volunteer working on a canoe in the artisan studio, and visitors enjoying the cafe.

Admission & Tickets

Set against the beautiful backdrop of Little Lake, our newly constructed museum and waterfront campus at 2077 Ashburnham Drive offers the ultimate visitor experience.

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Getting Here

We are located on the shores of Little Lake in Peterborough, Ontario. Whether you are arriving on foot, on wheels, or on the water, we can’t wait to welcome you!

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A conceptual render of the Lang Lakefront Campus, looking west. Visitors walk along the Trans Canada Trail, boardwalk and docks along the shore of Little Lake, surrounded by trees.

The Lakefront Campus

The Lakefront Campus offers vibrant public spaces and immersive experiences that encourage visitors and the public to connect to the land, water, and one another!

Discover paddling experiences, our campfire pit, and gathering circle
Voyageur Canoe Connected by Canoe

Paddling Experiences

Experience the canoe as it’s meant to be experienced: on the water. We have several options for you to get on the water, suitable for all paddling abilities. Explore canoe and kayak rentals, Voyageur Canoe Tours, and how to bring your own canoe or kayak.

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Experience a captivating journey through The Canadian Canoe Museum’s new exhibits with a tour. Led by trained docents, these tours offer a deeper understanding of the Museum’s collection, builders, and storytellers, enriched with fascinating behind-the-scenes stories.

Reserve a spot on an exhibition tour
A group of adults and childrens raise their paddles and smile in a Voyageur Canoe about to embark on a paddling tour.

Group Visits

Visiting the Museum with a large group of friends or for a special event or interest group? We invite you to request a reservation and learn about group size and rates. Let us accommodate your group visit and ensure experiences are filled with wonder!

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A conceptual render of the outdoor terrace. Visitors sip at their coffee, converse, and enjoy the outdoor fireplace. In the background, visitors are also enjoying the Trans Canada Trail and lakefront.

Shop & Cafe

Whether you’re visiting the Museum to see our world-class collection, grabbing a coffee to go, or popping in for some lunch and shopping, The Canadian Canoe Museum’s atrium is open to the public and visitors alike – no need to purchase admission.

Explore our shop & the Silver Bean Cafe
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Tourism Information

Seeking a uniquely Canadian experience exploring history and the outdoors by canoe? The Canadian Canoe Museum offers visitors and visiting groups unforgettable memories while Peterborough and The Kawarthas’ other attractions ensure trips are something special every time.

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What to Expect

Planning your visit to The Canadian Canoe Museum and wondering what exactly to expect? Details about our facility features and amenities, accessibility, and frequently asked questions address any questions or curiosities you have before visiting.

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Current Exhibitions

A concept render of the entrance to The Canadian Canoe Museum's Exhibition Hall. A man in a suit stands reading a text panel, while in the background visitors make their way through the exhibits.
A concept render of the entrance to The Canadian Canoe Museum’s Exhibition Hall.

Explore the Collections

Canoes, kayaks, and paddled watercraft can be linked to human, cultural, and historical experiences throughout all of time. These vessels serve as a lens to understand the world, reminding us that we are all connected by water.

The Canadian Canoe Museum is sharing these stories in new and engaging ways in our new 20,000-square-foot Exhibition Hall with hands-on elements, immersive components, and collaborative content throughout.

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Choose Your Adventure

Embark on a journey through The Canadian Canoe Museum’s galleries with our captivating Exhibition Tours! Whether you crave an in-depth exploration or a quick overview, our docents will guide you through the incredible stories and people behind the more than 100 watercraft on display!

Deep Dive Tours: Dive into the stories of the collection daily at 10:30 A.M. Book now for an immersive 1.5-hour experience at $20 per person.

Speedy Paddler Tours: Short on time? Join us daily at 1:00 P.M. for a complimentary 20-minute journey with the purchase of a general admissions ticket (first come, first served).

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An Algonquin birch bark canoe built by William and Mary Commanda of Kitigan Zibi, Quebec. (Photo Credit: Michael Cullen)

Visit the Store

Nalgene water bottle with CCM logo
32oz Widemouth Nalgene Bottle with Pictograph – Juniper
The Chocolate Rabbit
Chocolate Canoes – Made Locally in Lakefield ON
Tshirt-rockface Heather Grey
Classic Pictograph T-shirt – Heather Black
CCM Logo White

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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2077 Ashburnham Dr
Peterborough, ON
K9L 1P8

Phone: 705-748-9153

Email: [email protected]


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Supported in part by:

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