Museum on the Move (Archive)

Read all previous press releases about the museum's partnership with Parks Canada, our design competition and other efforts to make this move to the water a reality:

  • April 9, 2014 – Parks Canada

          Parks Canada and Canadian Canoe Museum Consider Potential Relocation of Museum to Peterborough Lift Lock

  • April 23, 2015 – Peterborough ON

          Canadian Canoe Museum Takes Another Step Towards Relocating to the Peterborough Lift Lock

  • May 20, 2015 – Peterborough, ON

          Canadian Canoe Museum Selects Architects for Stage 2 Limited Design Competition

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On September 23rd, 2015 we hosted an open house to have each of the Stage 2 Selected Firms present their proposals:

Kohn Pederson Fox of New York City

  • The concept came from separating the museum into two general zones in a North-South axis and mimics a village settlement along the canal
  • A boathouse exists along the shore of the canal
  • The canopy-roof underside is clad is wood, mimicking the inside of a canoe
  • Restaurant, bar, cafe and pre function areas all face outside
  • Monumental staircase and glass elevator connects exhibit space to lower level

Heneghan Peng Architects of Dublin

  • Horizontal design has Entrances from both parking lot and canal
  • Parapet wraps around the edge of the museum which is created from repeating/mirrored arches. These contours create areas for an outdoor garden above and outdoor spaces below
  • There is a central ‘spine’ skylight that runs from front to back of the museum
  • solar shading canopy on the canal side

The team of Bing Thom Architects of Vancouver and Lett Architects of Peterborough

  • Design is meant to be easily accessible from neighbouring trail system, provide ample space between the building and the water to host special events (such as Farmer’s Markets, Food Festivals, Art Fairs, or Canoe Celebrations), weddings, Summer education (such as Paddling Classes/Workshops, and Outdoor Yoga/Aerobic classes) and Winter Activities (such as Ice Hockey games, Ice Skating and Winter Fairs).
  • As you walk through the museum, it offers you glimpses of the exhibition areas, storage areas, the cafe and restaurant, and surrounding landscape
  • You are greeted by the admissions desk, cafe and retail shop when you first arrive
  • Education and administration can circulate without having to go through the exhibition spaces (Education also has direct access to outdoors as well)
  • Seating along the edge of the canal for on the water/ice events

The team of Provencher_Roy of Montreal and NORR of Toronto

  • Understand the museum as a Archive, an Exhibit and a Collective
  • Archive contains: canoe and operation storage, archive, shipping & receiving
  • Exhibit contains: permanent, temporary, public services, rental and lobby
  • Collective contains: Parks Canada, multi-purpose, restaurant, bar and cafe
  • Three shell designs were created, each with equal access to the water, surrounded by nature and open to indirect northern light
  • Collective pavilion has more direct southern light for multipurpose spaces whereas the Archive has none to protect the collection. Exhibit allows for direct natural light to enter the lobby.
  • Photovoltaic modules can by used on the building skin for collect +/- 15% of annual electricity needs, while a ground source heat exchange helps modulate temperatures within
  • Rain garden with neutral filtration
  • Building shape provides protection from South-West prevailing winds
  • Storage space is doubled in height to save space.
  • Service spine at the back of the building links all three pavilions in a functional way, hidden from the public
  • Plenty of supplementary parking all linked through outdoor walkways

5468796 Architecture Inc. of Winnipeg and Moriyama & Teshima Architects of Toronto

  • The idea was to transform the presently landlocked building into a pavilion in a beautiful clearing that is surround by the landscape
  • Museum can be entered from all directions and it has two levels to shorten the travelling distance and leave more room for outdoor use
  • Large external walls expose interior space
  • A metallic mesh is draped over the top of the museum which acts as a natural shading device, tempering climatic conditions while allowing diffused light to penetrate.
  • A large forest both behind the museum and along the east canal bank will be created to provide a buffer between the museum and the city
  • a wooden boardwalk brings you from the parking lot, through the trees to the glazed vestibule of the museum
  • site includes a creek, meandering trail, and pond
  • scrims can be used throughout the museum to project video and colour onto, while artifacts can be lit behind it
  • a catwalk allows you closer inspection of artifacts
  • There are views of the education space and artisan workshop area from within the museum, plus the ability to see the collection through the glazing even when the museum is closed
  • An amphitheatre is incorporated into one of the sets of stairs

If you couldn't attend our event, here is the archived live stream...


  • Parks Canada and The Canadian Canoe Museum have signed a Letter of Intent to formalize their collaboration.
  • The Canadian Canoe Museum Redevelopment Project Feasibility Study identified the Parks Canada location as the preferred destination for the new Museum.
  • This initiative would bring new economic growth with new construction projects as well as create additional employment and business opportunities for the Trent-Severn Waterway. The construction of the new museum may include a building of 80,000 square feet and space for a gift shop, a restaurant and a meeting room facility to accommodate up to 250 people.
  • The relocation of the Museum at the Lock 21-Peterborough Lift Lock historical site would unite two of Peterborough’s major tourism attractions, providing water access for the Museum’s programming activities as well as preserve Canadian heritage of canoes and other related watercraft.



“The collaboration of Parks Canada with The Canadian Canoe Museum demonstrates our government’s support for creating quality tourism and recreation opportunities on the Trent-Severn Waterway that will lead to stronger communities, opportunities for families and ultimately more sustainable canal operations.”

–Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

“We are delighted to be collaborating with Parks Canada to bring The Canadian Canoe Museum and its nationally significant collection and related programs to the water. The Peterborough Lift Lock location allows for us to unite two of Peterborough’s major tourism attractions, providing water access and preserving the heritage of Peterborough as the national ‘shrine’ celebrating canoes and other related watercraft.”

–Ken Powell, Chair, Board of Directors, The Canadian Canoe Museum