Photo Courtesy: Canadian Canoe Museum
MPP Jeff Leal and other local dignitaries were on hand today to announce $9 million dollars in funding for the construction of a new Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough.
Leal says “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.”
The Canadian Canoe Museum holds the world’s largest and most significant collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft.
The larger museum will hold more than 600 crafts and will be able to display more pieces of importance to Canadian and world history and create new jobs.
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 according to MPP Leal.
“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.
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) and is expected to draw tourists from across the province, the country and around the world.
The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Eleanor McMahon says todays announcement is pivotal to this redevelopment project. “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.”
Designed by an award-winning team of heneghan peng architects (Dublin, Ireland) with Kearns Mancini Architects in Toronto the serpentine glass pavilion will have a rooftop garden and was chosen from among 100 submissions as part of a two-stage international design competition. It’s been designed to complement the lift lock and contour the waterway.
The new museum is meant to preserve, protect and promote the collection; and expand programs by offering on-site, on-water programming. Fundraising efforts with the municipality and the federal government are ongoing.