Why a New Museum?
The new facility will ensure that a fundamental part of Canadian heritage is not lost. The museum has a national role to play but is limited by its lack of suitable space and its inland location. The new museum and all that it encompasses and enables, is foundational to the realization of a strong, sustainable national organization. The need for a new museum is rooted in three key areas:
Preservation, Promotion & Protection
Since 1997, the museum has been located in the former Outboard Marine Corporation buildings, a 1960s-era factory site in a highly concentrated commercial area. The museum and storage facility do not meet curatorial standards required for a collection of this significance. As such, the artifacts are at risk of accelerated deterioration and potential loss. This facility has always been considered interim due to its location and the limitations of the building.
Organizational Sustainability & Growth
Without the opportunity to increase attendance, grow programs and diversify revenue, the long-term strength and permanence of the organization is compromised.
Award-winning educational programming has reached capacity due to lack of space. The visitor experience is limited as only 20 per cent of the collection is accessible. On-water programming is restricted due to the museum’s inland location.
We believe that a world-class collection and cultural asset of national significance deserves the best possible home – to preserve, protect, and foster skills and traditions for generations to come.
- We will build a facility that meets Category A curatorial standards.
- We will allow access to 100 per cent of the collection on site.
- We will offer dedicated spaces and opportunities for artisans to teach students of all ages – preserving skills and perpetuating traditions.
We believe we have a unique opportunity, with the canoe as our lens, to share Canadians’ stories, aspiring to include voices and perspectives from across the country.
- We will honour the cultural histories and stories within our collection by engaging with and learning from First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities.
- We will be guided by the recommendations from the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
- We will provide opportunities for all visitors to find their place at the museum, and to connect with the collection in their own unique way.
We believe that the best way to learn is by doing – encouraging hands-on discovery for a deeper understanding.
- We will provide experiential learning opportunities in the museum, outside the museum, on the water and virtually.
- We will provide dedicated spaces that encourage and facilitate hands on learning, like classrooms and workshops.
- We will inspire adventure, spiritual connection, personal reflection and discovery.
“In 2017, we celebrated our 20th anniversary and looked back upon two decades of growth and accomplishment. The museum, with its world-class collection, has come a long way. The new facility will take us to a whole new level and ensure a strong, sustainable future.”