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.

This new museum will offer enhanced opportunities for Canadian families to better explore the canoe’s history in Canada as well as enjoy the diverse on-water programming and associated activities that can be offered at this new location.

This new museum will offer enhanced opportunities for Canadian families to better explore the canoe’s history in Canada as well as enjoy the diverse on-water programming and associated activities that can be offered at this new location.

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. 

The new building design was selected in January 2016 after a two-stage international architectural design competition.

The new building design was selected in January 2016 after a two-stage international architectural design competition.

The museum’s stunning green roof will provide a community green-space with fantastic views to the Lift Lock. 

The museum’s stunning green roof will provide a community green-space with fantastic views to the Lift Lock. 

Canadian Cultural Spaces funding announced for new Canadian Canoe Museum

On February 24th, 2017 the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women and MP for Peterborough-Kawartha, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced more than $1.4M in cultural infrastructure funding from the Government of Canada.

With this funding, the organization will proceed with the pre-construction phase of the new museum. The Museum's architects heneghen peng, of Dublin, and Kearns Mancini, of Toronto, will work on the detailed design planning, while specialist consultants will continue their work to completion. At the end of this phase, the organization will be prepared to proceed with the construction of the new museum.

“The Canadian Canoe Museum community is incredibly grateful for this federal funding – it will allow us to proceed in earnest with the pre-construction phase of a facility that will become the high-profile hub of the organization and the headquarters from which it reaches out across the country,” says Bill Morris, Chair, Board of Directors. “The museum's world-class collection is indeed, a cultural asset of national significance, and we are building it a new home that will aspire to be as innovative as the canoe itself. And we are so pleased to be doing it with the support of Canadian Heritage. The new museum, once complete, will care for the collection the way it deserves to be cared for – and preserve it, protect it, and showcase it for generations to come.”

 

The museum is so pleased to now be able to say that this project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

For more information about the Cultural Spaces Funding announcement for The Canadian Canoe Museum, visit our blog.

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.

February 24, 2017-  Supporting Cultural Spaces in Peterborough - News Release from Canadian Heritage

December 1, 2016-  Canadian Canoe Museum design team receives 2016 Canadian Architect Award of Merit

May 19, 2016-  Architectural Inspiration Revealed - community members invited to hear from the new museum's architectural team

May 5, 2016-  The Canadian Canoe Museum takes the next step in its redevelopment project

January 21, 2016 - Visionary Design Announced for the New Canadian Canoe Museum

May 20, 2015 – Canadian Canoe Museum Selects Architects for Stage 2 Limited Design Competition

April 23, 2015 – Canadian Canoe Museum Takes Another Step Towards Relocating to the Peterborough Lift Lock

April 9, 2014 –  Parks Canada and Canadian Canoe Museum Consider Potential Relocation of Museum to Peterborough Lift Lock