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Supporting Tourism in the Peterborough Area

Ontario Investing $9 Million to Expand Canadian Canoe Museum



Tourism in the Peterborough Area will receive a boost thanks to funding by the Government of Ontario for the redevelopment of a local cultural asset of national significance.


Jeff Leal, MPP for Peterborough, was at the Canadian Canoe Museum to announce the province’s investment to support the construction of the museum at a new site. The larger museum will be able to display more pieces of importance to Canadian and world history.


Ontario is supporting cultural attractions, festivals and events to showcase the province as a vibrant place to live and visit during the province’s 150th anniversary.


Investing in local tourism is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.





“I am pleased that our government is showing its commitment to building up the cultural attractions of the Peterborough area. Our support for the redevelopment of the Canadian Canoe Museum will help attract more tourism, boost our local economy and create good jobs in our region. I look forward to seeing the reinvented museum and the remarkable collection of canoes and watercraft and innovative exhibits that the new space will accommodate.”

-       Jeff Leal, MPP


“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.


“Today's announcement is pivotal to the redevelopment project and we find ourselves one significant step closer to the realization of what will be a dynamic destination and one-of-a-kind cultural space.”


“Cultural institutions like the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough give us a glimpse into the history of an iconic Canadian symbol, which is particularly fitting as we commemorate our 150th anniversary this year. I’m delighted that the Government of Ontario is providing funding for the redevelopment of the Canoe Museum, creating a lasting legacy for the community.”


-       Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport




  • $9 million represents Ontario’s total contribution to the project. The Canadian Canoe Museum is engaged in fundraising efforts and is seeking municipal and federal contributions to the project.
  • Established in 1997, the Canadian Canoe Museum is now home to the world’s largest and most significant collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft.
  • On behalf of the people of Canada, The Canadian Canoe Museum stewards the world’s largest and most significant collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft. More than 600 in number, the craft and their stories of national and international significance have a pivotal role to play in our collective future.
  • The approximately 75,000 square-foot museum will be built next to the Peterborough Lift Lock and the Trent-Severn Waterway (both National Historic Sites), creating new cultural experiences and a dynamic destination. Via our highways, railways, waterways and by air, the new museum will draw tourists from across the province, the country and around the world.
  • The new museum will preserve, protect and promote the collection; and expand programmatic capacity by offering on-site, on-water programming, meeting educational programming demands and creating a research and archives centre.
  • The new museum is designed by an award-winning team of heneghan peng architects (Dublin, Ireland) with Kearns Mancini Architects (Toronto, Canada). The elegant serpentine glass pavilion, graced by a rooftop garden, was chosen from among 100 submissions as part of a two-stage international design competition. The new museum, purpose-built for the collection, will emerge from the drumlin – complementing the lift lock and contouring the waterway. The site-sensitive facility will offer stunning views of its one-of-a-kind surroundings.
  • An inspired visitor experience, engagement with Indigenous Peoples, and 21st-century sustainable design are among the principles that will inform and inspire the planning process.


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The Canadian Canoe Museum redevelopment project

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