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The Lakefront Campus

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.

The Canadian Canoe Museum proudly stewards a 5.3-acre waterfront property that offers a range of outdoor activities to enjoy, both on land and on the water. The property features 1,200 feet of shoreline, docks, boardwalks, restored and naturalized spaces, wetlands, and a 2,500 sq. ft Canoe House. It also serves as a multi-purpose outdoor classroom for learners of all ages.

The accessible boardwalk and dock system invites you to enjoy the water from the shore or by canoe or kayak. They are also the home base for our paddling lessons and adaptive canoe and kayak launch.

Our campus is also bisected by the Trans-Canada Trail, connecting us to the community and promoting active and accessible transportation. Learn more about the extensive Trans Canada Trail system.

If arriving canoe or kayak, you can easily store your watercraft on our designated racks near the cafe terrace. If arriving by bicycle, you can find designated bike racks by the main entrance, adjacent to the Gathering Circle.

Join our paddle carving or canoe restoration workshops to create your own handicrafts and test them on the water. School groups and campers are encouraged to get their hands dirty while exploring the biodiversity of our wetland or learning how to build a campfire.

Visit the Lakefront Campus today and experience the wonder of the great outdoors, nestled in the heart of the city!

Visit the Lakefront Campus Today

A conceptual illustration of the Lakefront Campus and Gathering Circle. The 5.3-acre Lakefront Campus on the Trent-Severn Waterway includes a Gathering Circle, an accessible boardwalk to the Trans Canada Trail and waterfront, a Canoe House, a dock for voyageur canoe tours, a large dock for teaching and canoe and kayak rentals, an accessible canoe and kayak launch, and a walk-in canoe launch.
A conceptual illustration of the Lakefront Campus and Gathering Circle. (Basterfield & Associates Ltd.)

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Gathering Circle

The Gathering Circle is a space for welcoming visitors, connecting, and reflecting. It is located outside the Museum’s main entrance, on the southeast end of the property, and greets groups and any visitors who wish to stop by.

Inspired by Canadian canoe routes and water’s impact on the landscape, the Gathering Circle features natural elements, emphasizing the relationship between land and water. A water infiltration garden, wood slat benches, and a small amphitheatre surrounded by large granite boulders and white pine trees offer visitors a space for contemplation before or after their adventures.

Paddling Experiences

Experience the canoe as it’s meant to be – on the water.

At The Canadian Canoe Museum, we are dedicated to inspiring both new and experienced paddlers. We have several options for you to get on the water, suitable for all paddling abilities. Whether renting a boat, going on a guided tour, or bringing your own canoe, our friendly staff are ready to help you with anything you may need on the docks.

Learn more about our paddling experiences

Campfire Circle

Get a little taste of the backcountry in the city!

At The Campfire Circle, people of all ages can come together to learn fire-building techniques, develop their over-the-fire cooking skills, or enjoy the campsite ambiance. The space is designed to foster community gatherings, encourage fire-gazing, and the sharing of tall tales from past canoe trips. The Campfire Circle is located lakeside of the Museum, at the west end of the property.

Check out our Events Calendar to see if there are any special events happening at the Campfire Circle

Canoe Racks

Arrive in your own canoe or kayak or bring your own along for a post-exhibits paddle! You can use our docks or a naturalized sloped put-in. Staff are available to assist with your entry and exit at either spot.

Canoe / Kayak Racks are available near the cafe terrace. Please bring your own lock to secure your watercraft. The Canadian Canoe Museum is not liable for any damage or theft of your belongings that may occur during use of the canoe / kayak racks.

Bike Racks

Arrive by bike or bring your bike along for a post-exhibits cycle! The Canadian Canoe Museum is a certified Ontario By Bike destination.

Bike racks are available outside the main entrance, near the Gathering Circle. Please bring your own lock to secure your bicycle to the racks. The Canadian Canoe Museum is not liable for any damage or theft of your belongings that may occur during use of the bicycle racks.


The Lakefront Campus features an accessible path and boardwalk running from the Lakefront Terrance to the docks and intersects with the Trans-Canada Trail.

Our docks are equipped with Peterborough’s only adaptive canoe and kayak launch. It features a sheltered put-in and a multi-level transfer bench.

Learn more about accessibility at the Museum

Miigwech, Thank You, Merci

The Lang Lakefront Campus & Gathering Circle was made possible thanks to a transformative gift from Stu and Kim Lang.

Learn about donating to the Campus upkeep and renaturalization.

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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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