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 it encompasses and enables will allow the organization to realize fully its role as a national museum. In addition, the organization is laying the groundwork for a success capital campaign that will rely on support locally, provincially and nationally.
Canoe Museum Announces Completion of Concept Design Phase
Form Follows Function at the New Museum
The new museum project continues to progress with much momentum.
The first phase of the project, concept design, is complete, and it will be followed by: schematic design, detailed design and finally, construction documents.
In concept design, museum staff and volunteers worked with the architect team to create preliminary floor plans and elevations. These are based on the functional requirements of the organization. In other words, the design team worked to answer the question “What spaces do we need and where do they need to be – to deliver upon our mission.”
Many stakeholders and advisors were included in concept design. They contributed to extensive discussion, broad based consultation and decision-making. There are several significant developments
The Collections Centre, which will house the museum’s entire collection and be totally accessible as part of the visitor experience, will become a Category A collecting facility. This high level curatorial standard will allow the museum to borrow artifacts from other distinguished museums in North America, and beyond. The Board of Directors believes that Category A is in the best interests of the collection. With this decision comes upgraded, much more sophisticated mechanical systems as well as the space they require.
The height of the building has been decreased.
The building will have a lower profile overall and as such, be more site sensitive. As a result, additional square footage will be required in the Collections Centre. Simply put, the museum will require additional floor space as the lowered ceiling height will reduce some elevated display areas.
The size of two important public spaces has been increased: The first is the pre-function space outside the multipurpose room. This space supports the multipurpose room by providing a pre-event gathering space. This will be used for check-in tables and coffee breaks at conferences, and for cocktails and gathering before dinner and wedding receptions. This space complements and adds capacity to what is already a one-of-kind, much needed space for Peterborough and the surrounding area. The museum will draw large-scale events, which will contribute significantly to community capacity and local economic growth.
The second is the galleria space, which is the wide hallway that winds along the waterway – adjacent to the serpentine glass wall. This space celebrates the connection to the historic Trent-Severn Waterway and is the passage where visitors will circulate through the museum. It will be a space that is free, open and accessible to the public – a space to warm up in the wintertime after skating on the canal, or to cool down after a paddle or a yoga class on the green roof.
These are significant, but important developments in the design of the new museum and the Board has carefully considered each one of them. In addition, and as part of this phase, a class D costing was undertaken by the Altus Group Ltd. indicating increased cost in the range of approximately $10M to $15M. As is the case with every capital project, costing will be advanced and refined with every subsequent phase.
The Board is confident that the museum, as planned in this first phase of the project, is the one required to fulfill our role as stewards of this one of a kind collection, and to deliver on our mission. Peterborough, Ontario, and Canada deserve a museum they can truly be proud of, one that appropriately stewards, preserves and exhibits the collection and one that is sustainable well into the future.
We will continue to provide updates as the project progresses, and appreciate your continued support as The Canadian Canoe Museum moves onto the national stage.
THE NEXT PHASE of the project is schematic design. This phase will see the design team advance the concept design by adding depths to walls and floors, adding doors, furthering key elevations and much more. Decisions related to landscape, parking and site plans, furniture placement and lighting, and mechanical systems are within the scope of this phase.
Capital Campaign Update
The campaign team continues to be buoyed by the strong connection to, and affinity for, the new museum project. There has been a great deal of generosity from early leadership donors, and several gift announcements will be shared in the coming months. In addition, the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada have provided exceptional leadership and a solid foundation for the museum’s fundraising campaign. Over the next few months, the museum team will continue its conversations with the City of Peterborough along with Peterborough County.
To support the important developments in the concept design phase, the museum will be raising more money through its national fund raising campaign. The Board has committed to an increased fundraising target and campaign that involves individuals and corporations from coast to coast to coast. At this time, it is estimated that 90% of private donations will come from across the country.
A cabinet, with national representation from across the country, will lead this broad-based campaign, seeking to raise funds from donors in all provinces and territories.
Ontario Invests in expansion of The Canadian Canoe Museum
On May 26th, 2017 the Honourable Jeff Leal, MPP Peterborough and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs announced $9 million in funding from the Province of Ontario for the Museum's redevelopment
“This investment from the Province of Ontario is nothing short of transformational for the future of The Canadian Canoe Museum, as well as for Peterborough, the region, the province and the country as a whole. On behalf of all those from around the world, who will be inspired by the museum's world-class collection from its new high-profile headquarters, we are grateful,” said John Ronson, Chair, Board of Directors.
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.
January 21, 2016 - Visionary Design Announced for the New Canadian Canoe Museum