New Canadian Canoe Museum gets a $1.25 million anonymous donation

Exciting new project takes another step toward completion

The Canadian Canoe Museum’s big move to the water’s edge with a brand new facility just got a major boost this week after receiving an out-of-province $1.25 million donation. An unprecedented gift for the Peterborough-based facility.

The Canadian Canoe Museum stewards the world’s largest collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft, and is moving from its 1960s-era former factory building to an 85,000 square-foot-facility to be built alongside the Peterborough Lift Lock on the Trent-Severn Waterway – both National Historic Sites – in Peterborough, Ontario.

“We are grateful for this generous gift, and the donor’s appreciation for the national nature of the new museum project. This donor recognizes the canoe as a national icon, and sees its potential and power to connect Canadians,” says Bill Morris, Capital Campaign Chair.

“Our collection is of national importance, as is our work; and the new museum will not only allow us to attract more visitors from across the country, it will allow us to reach out from coast to coast to coast in new and different ways. It will be our new high-profile headquarters.”

The new museum, which will make accessible all 600 watercraft, thousands of small artifacts and an archive, is designed by an award-winning team of heneghan peng architects (Dublin, Ireland) with Kearns Mancini Architects (Toronto, Canada). The museum has partnered with world-class exhibition design firm GSM Project to create one-of-a-kind visitor experiences.


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