The Museum is designed to encourage a sense of curiosity. Unfolding as the visitor moves through the space, the building seamlessly stitches together a sequence of spatial encounters playing with aspects of anticipation.Inspired by the canoe’s integral role in Canada’s history, the building is conceived as both timeless and visually powerful.
Set within a national park, the architecture appears to grow out of the landscape and orient itself towards the canal and historic liftlock. By directly engaging with nature, every visit to the museum will be different as the seasons change. Audiences will discover the rich history and meaning of this extraordinary watercraft, along with the joys of experiencing the waterways, the ingenuity of our First Nations, and the development of Canada as a nation. The museum functions both as a destination, as well as a place to stop and rest before paddling further up the Trent-Severn Waterway, or skating in winter.
The concept design was completed for an international design competition and in association with Bing Thom Architects from Vancouver.