The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario, stewards the world’s largest collection of canoes, kayaks, and paddled watercraft. More than 600 in number, the watercraft, and their stories have a pivotal role to play in understanding our past – and our collective future. As part of their responsibility for this cultural asset of national significance (Senate of Canada, 2013), they are building a new home that aspires to be as innovative as the canoe itself.
The new museum will ensure that a fundamental part of Canadian heritage is not lost. The museum has a national role to play but is limited by its lack of suitable space and its inland location. The new museum and all that it encompasses and enables is foundational to the realization of a strong, sustainable national organization.
The Museum’s values and goals resulted in the review of three sites within the City of Peterborough in the Summer and Fall of 2020 by Lett Architects. The decision was made to move forward with the Johnson Property owned by the City of Peterborough. The sale of the Johnson Property was approved by City Council in January, subject to a number of conditions including rezoning. Project validation and confirmation of site appropriateness are among the conditions that are required to be met to complete the final sale of the property.
The Canadian Canoe Museum is hosting a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, April 28th. Including a look at the architectural renderings by Lett Architects of the new proposed building to be built at the Johnson Property, situated on Little Lake.
The virtual public meeting will be hosted via Zoom on April 28, 6:30 pm EDT. Participants are asked to register their attendance at canoemuseum.ca/public-meeting.
“The new facility will be a community gathering space where the stories behind these amazing artifacts can be told.” Said Michael Gallant, Design Principal of Lett Architects. “The building is sited along the shores of Little Lake in Peterborough, Ontario, and will provide the opportunity for expanded on-water programming for the museum. The design enables the activity within, while taking inspiration from the craftsmanship and artistry of the collection.”
The sale of the Johnson Property was approved by City Council in January, subject to a number of conditions including rezoning. Project validation and confirmation of site appropriateness are among the conditions that are required to be met to complete the final sale of the property.