The Canadian Canoe Museum is on the Move
The Canadian Canoe Museum will be moving to a new home that will physically connect the more than 600 watercraft in its collection to the waterways of the country. This new facility will be located beside the Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site on the Trent-Severn Waterway, bringing together two of the region’s most significant sites.
The museum is moving forward on the project with much momentum thanks to an incredible project team, strong support on all fronts and key partners in redevelopment, the City of Peterborough and Parks Canada.
The new museum's award-winning architecture has been envisioned with, and for, its community, and the facility will be a leader in 21st century sustainable design. Purpose-built for the collection, the new museum will be the high-profile hub of the organization and the headquarters from which it reaches out across the country – inspiring connection, curiosity and new understanding.
The facility will be as innovative as the collection itself, and will play a key role in the stewardship of this national cultural asset. The redevelopment project and all that it encompasses and enables will allow the organization to realize fully its role as a national museum.
Right now, the project is in the detailed design phase. In addition, the organization is laying the groundwork for a success capital campaign that will rely on support locally, provincially and nationally.
Global award-winning architects, award-winning design
The visionary design for the new museum was created by heneghan peng architects of Dublin, Ireland, in a joint venture with Toronto's Kearns Mancini Architects, and Foggy River Farm, Landscape Architects.
The Irish-Canadian team won the international architectural design competition for the museum’s redevelopment. The team's elegant, serpentine glass pavilion graced by a stunning green roof, was chosen as part of the two-stage competition. The first stage of the competition garnered close to 100 submissions from around the world. More Information about the Request for Qualifications process, and Stage 2 Selected Firms is available here.
In late 2016, the team was presented with a prestigious Canadian Architect Award of Merit for the design of the new museum. The jury commended The Canadian Canoe Museum design team for reinforcing the connection to the waterways where canoes have travelled and highlighted the multiple viewpoints of the Lift Locks that visitors will be able to enjoy.
January 21, 2016 - Visionary Design Announced for the New Canadian Canoe Museum