Press Release: Canadian Canoe Museum Receives $10 Million For New Building

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On April 1, 2019,The Honorable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism announced that the Canadian Canoe Museum would be receiving $10 Million in funding towards their new building in Peterborough.

The location for the new facility will be at the Peterborough Lift Lock on the Trent Severn Waterway. The existing location was heavily restricted by its size, with many of the 600 watercraft and thousands of artifacts not on display.

The new $65-million, 85,000-square-foot building will replace the 1960s-era building and boast the world’s largest collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft.

“Our government knows that investments in arts and culture help build vibrant communities and support local economies,” Rodriguez said.

“It’s the largest investment the canoe museum has ever seen,” said Executive Director Carolyn Hyslop.

The reason for this new building is rooted in three key areas:

  1. Preservation, Promotion & Protection – Artifacts are at risk of accelerated deterioration and potential loss in current building
  2. Organizational Sustainability & Growth – An opportunity to increase attendance and grow programs
  3. Programmatic Capacity – Increase capacity for their award-winning educational programming

About The Canadian Canoe Museum

With our world-class collection as a catalyst, The Canadian Canoe Museum inspires connection, curiosity and new understanding. In partnership with individuals, groups and communities – locally, provincially and nationally – we work to experience and explore all that our collection can inspire. This sees students opening their minds in our galleries; community members connecting through artisanry; people of all ages getting on the water and learning to paddle; and exhibitions and events that spark conversation and collaboration.


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