Museum on the Move

Parks Canada and The Canadian Canoe Museum continue to work towards the relocation of the Museum to the Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site on the Trent-Severn Waterway as a way to boost the tourism and revenue potential for both organizations.

The construction of a new museum at this location would consolidate two significant tourism and recreation destinations in the region and offer enhanced opportunities for Canadian families, including the opportunity to better explore the canoe’s history in Canada and enjoy the diverse water-related programming and associated activities that can be offered by the Museum at this historic location.



One step closer to moving to the Water

After much deliberation, the Selection Committee and the Board of Directors of the Canadian Canoe Museum are very proud, honoured and excited to announce that the design team lead by internationally renowned architects heneghan peng and Kearns Mancini as the designers of the new Canadian Canoe Museum at the Peterborough Lift Lock.

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  • The building is approximately 80,000 square feet of internal area
  • The design includes:
  • 17,000 sq ft of exhibition
  • 20,000 sq ft of high bay storage that will be accessible to the public
  • 250 seat mult-purpose room available for events and weddings
  • Restaurant café
  • Gift shop
  • Toddler play area
  • Trent Severn Canal Exhibition
  • Artisanal workshops
  • On canal programming - winter and summer
  • The building will be designed to LEEDS Gold designation;
  • This new Museum project supports economic growth with new construction as well as creating additional employment and business opportunities along the Trent-Severn Waterway.  The Canadian Canoe Museum currently provides an economic contribution to the local region in excess of $10 million annually and supports over 83 direct, indirect and induced jobs. The project has the potential to create as many as 600 direct, indirect and induced construction jobs and up to 23 additional permanent direct, indirect and induced  jobs at the new Museum with its expanded programs and facilities.
  •  Altus Group cost consultants have estimated the cost to be in the range of $45 to $50 million depending on final design and start date of construction
  • Project Team:

o   heneghan peng Architects – Design Architect

o   Kearns Mancini Architects – Architect of Record

o   ARUP – Building Services & Structural Engineers

o   Foggy River Farm Design – Landscape Architect

o   Bartenbach – Lighting Design

o   Kaizen – Food Service Planning & Design

The five finalists were:


“We are very excited and honored by the scope, quality and creativity of the submissions to the Canadian Canoe Museum and the enthusiasm and skill brought by all the proponents.   Any of the designs would be a great landmark for Peterborough, the Lift Lock and the Canadian Canoe Museum.  The heneghan peng Kearns Mancini design stands out through its commitment to sustainability at all levels, alignment with the ethos and culture of the canoe and kayak, its long term operational flexibility and low operating cost and its respect for the Lift Lock National Historic Site.”

Lisa Rochon, Chair, Canadian Canoe Museum Selection Committie

“I would like to thank Lisa Rochon, Chair of the Selection Committee, and the representatives from Parks Canada, City of Peterborough and Curve Lake First Nation for their insight, support, patience and hard work in thoughtfully and equitably considering the outstanding submissions received by the Canadian Canoe Museum.”

Bill Morris, Chair, Canadian Canoe Museum Board of Directors


“The Canadian Canoe Museum will immediately start work on the design and submission of a planning application to the City of Peterborough and Parks Canada to approve the new facility as well as laying the ground work for our fund raising campaign. 

This is a very significant and extremely important project for all Canadians, Parks Canada, The Canadian Canoe Museum, the City of Peterborough, the County of Peterborough, the Trent Severn Waterway and the entire Kawartha Region and we will need everybody’s strong support and backing in whatever way possible to make this project a reality”

Richard Tucker, Executive Director, Canadian Canoe Museum