An Update to our Community

Another important paddle in the water: Peterborough County invests in the new museum

From Carolyn Hyslop, General Manager &

John Ronson, Chair, Board of Directors

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We are excited to share that yesterday, Peterborough County Council voted to invest $500,000 over eight years in the new museum project.

On behalf of The Canadian Canoe Museum family, we thank council for its investment and local leadership. We are pleased to welcome the county as our newest project partner and look forward to working together as we move forward.

As councillors discussed and deliberated this investment, they focused on economic growth and development and more specifically, job creation and tourism. One councillor even cited “civic duty”. We too, believe that this investment in the future of the museum, is an investment in the future of the county – and beyond.

Over the next five years, the overall estimated economic impact of the museum’s operations and its redevelopment project will be $86 million – $71.6 million of that will be related to the redevelopment project. That $86 million will support an estimated 820 jobs – 682 of those will be related to the redevelopment project.

Peterborough County joins the City of Peterborough, the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada, along with several early donors, who have demonstrated their leadership with investments in the new museum. The city has contributed $4 million, the provincial government $9 million and the federal government $1.4 million. A second funding application for $13.6 million is before the federal government right now.

The county’s commitment is a significant step forward as we work to fund raise for the new museum. And, this vote of confidence at the local level is an important indicator for our current and future funding partners, and as we reach out to philanthropists across the country. This commitment will support the museum as it continues its conversations with the federal government.

There is incredible momentum for the new museum project, and as of today, there’s another important paddle in the water. Thank you, Peterborough County, for your investment, and all the strength and the support that it will bring. 

Carolyn Hyslop, General Manager

John Ronson, Chair, Board of Directors

Education Update

Virtual Field Trips

It's been a busy couple months for Virtual Field Trips. Since the beginning of 2018, our education animators have connected with 1159 students at 37 schools, including visits from Manitoba, BC, UK and Vietnam!


All of this adds up! We recently checked our "Skype mileage", or how many kilometres we have "traveled" in our Skypes to classrooms around the world. With member and donor support we've clocked 338,000 km since beginning the virtual field trip program in February 2016!

"Student feedback was amazing," says Nancy Clow from Linklater Public School in Gananoque, Ont. "They loved how you brought history to life in the form of artifacts and dramatic presentation. The kids appreciated not having to take a long ride on a bus! Students liked learning about the different artifacts that First Nations, Europeans and Voyageurs used to survive. Students thoroughly enjoyed learning about what was traded when the Europeans made first contact. The amount of time for this session was perfect, loved how kids could participate. Hands down, the favourite component for all was the dramatic presentations with the artifacts! We enjoyed it so much, I've recommended it to several teachers and will be 'visiting' you again soon! Thank you!" 

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Some other highlights:

  • Our new birthday party program for children under five is a hit! Piloted in January, we've run three of these new camping-themed, family parties so far this year (and five other birthday parties!) with great success!
  • 606 JK-12 students from our local school boards have visited the Museum for staff-led, curriculum-connected, hands-on learning!
  • 30 Fleming College students visited in support of their outdoor leadership studies, with a special introduction to the collection by Curator Jeremy Ward.
  • Our 4th Annual Great Canadian Family Day was a great success, with around 385 families visiting on February 19! A big welcome goes to the 32  families who joined our membership community on Family Day.

Are there little ones in your life?

There's still time to sign up for next week's unique March Break workshops, with half-day or full-day options March 12-16! This includes woodworking, blanket mittens, paper arts, soapstone carving and more! For more information or to register, call Victoria Veenstra at 705-748-9153 ext. 218 or sign up online here

Paddler's Ale Raises over $7,000

On February 27, we recieved a cheque from Publican House Brewery for our portion of the sales from Paddler's Ale, a beer new to the lineup in 2017. 

 Marty Laskaris (left) presents Carolyn Hyslop with partial proceeds from sales of Paddler's Ale.

Marty Laskaris (left) presents Carolyn Hyslop with partial proceeds from sales of Paddler's Ale.


Surrounded by local media and tourism partners, Marty Laskaris, co-founder and president of Publican House Brewery, shared how their desire to support the community grew into a successful partnership. Carolyn, our general manager, thanked Publican House on our behalf, shared of our hopes to see the reach of Paddler’s Ale continue to spread!

The brewery finds Paddler's Ale has a look customers tend to reach for on the shelf, and a refreshing, smooth taste that keeps people coming back. We have noticed the same, as Paddler's Ale is a favourite at our Silver Canoe Dinners, Volunteer Potluck and annual Beaver Club Gala!

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The beer was first sold at the brewery's retail location, and it is now available in 473mL cans from other locations including Sobey's on Towerhill Road, Peterbough and LaManita's Grocery in Lindsay. Soon, Paddler's Ale will be available at Sobey's on Lansdowne Street as well. Visitors to the Publican House Brew Pub can enjoy Paddler's Ale on tap.

We're grateful for all who purchased Paddler's Ale in 2017, and we hope you will continue to support us by raising a glass in 2018!

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Valentine's Day

With over 1000 postcards in our archival collection, we couldn’t pick just one photo to share with you on Valentine’s Day! Whether you have someone to canoodle, you're hanging with your gal pals, or paddling solo, we hope you are feeling the love today. 

All images are from The Canadian Canoe Museum’s O’Connor Postcard Collection or Art Seidenberg Postcard Collection.



How are you spending Valentine's Day this year? Leave a comment and let us know!