Canadian Canoe Museum Groundbreaking

On October 16th, 2021, The Canadian Canoe Museum (CCM) hosted their formal “Museum on the Move” event, celebrating the beginning of construction for their new facility at 2077 Ashburnham Drive in Peterborough.

Project donors, funders, partners, and members all gathered at the water’s edge for this milestone in the museums journey. With support and interest from coast to coast, and with COVID-19 restriction in place, a video of the Construction Commencement Ceremony can be view on YouTube by following the link below.

“We are excited to celebrate the beginning of construction of our new world-class canoe museum in the company of our project partners, donors and funders and with our community as a whole,” said Victoria Grant, Teme-Augama Anishnabai Qway, chair, board of directors, The Canadian Canoe Museum. “These watercraft, conceived and built over millennia by the Indigenous Peoples of what is now Canada, were central to building relations between the First Peoples and those who arrived four hundred years ago from Europe, beginning our shared history. These beautiful and functional craft offer us a vehicle through which we can better understand and appreciate that history.  That understanding is essential in producing the Truth upon which Reconciliation between the First Peoples and those who came later must be founded.”

The new 65,000 sq. ft. facility will house the complete Canadian Canoe Museum Collection in a building that will meet Class A conservation standards and is slated for completion in 2023.

Image is of the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Team and in order from left to right they are: Helen Batten, Basterfield & Associates Inc., Tim Coldwell, Chandos, Michael Harrington, JHG Consultants, Michael Gallant, Lett Architects, Carolyn Hyslop, ED, CCM, Bill Lett, Lett Architects, Victoria Grant, Chair, CCM BOD, Jeremy Ward, Curator, CCM, Scott Hunt, Chandos.

Credit: Photo by FusionRiver Photography, courtesy of The Canadian Canoe Museum.