Parks Canada and The Canadian Canoe Museum continue to explore the innovative idea of relocating the Museum to the Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site on theTrent-Severn Waterway as a way to boost the tourism and revenue potential for both organizations.

The construction of a new museum at this location would consolidate two significant tourism and recreation destinations in the region and offer enhanced opportunities for Canadian families, including the opportunity to better explore the canoe’s history in Canada and enjoy the diverse water-related programming and associated activities that can be offered by the Museum at this historic location.

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After much deliberation, the Selection Committee and the Board of Directors of the Canadian Canoe Museum are very proud, honoured and excited to announce that the design team lead by internationally renowned architects heneghan peng and Kearns Mancini as the designers of the new Canadian Canoe Museum at the Peterborough Lift Lock.[/box]


  • The building is approximately 80,000 square feet of internal area
  • The design includes:
  • 17,000 sq ft of exhibition
  • 20,000 sq ft of high bay storage that will be accessible to the public
  • 250 seat mult-purpose room available for events and weddings
  • Restaurant café
  • Gift shop
  • Toddler play area
  • Trent Severn Canal Exhibition
  • Artisanal workshops
  • On canal programming – winter and summer
  • The building will be designed to LEEDS Gold designation;
  • As a legacy project for Canada’s Sesquicentennial and subject to securing funding, we are targeting a ground breaking for mid to late 2017 with opening 30 months later.
  • This new Museum project supports economic growth with new construction as well as creating additional employment and business opportunities along the Trent-Severn Waterway.  The Canadian Canoe Museum currently provides an economic contribution to the local region in excess of $10 million annually and supports over 83 direct, indirect and induced jobs. The project has the potential to create as many as 600 direct, indirect and induced construction jobs and up to 23 additional permanent direct, indirect and induced  jobs at the new Museum with its expanded programs and facilities.
  •  Altus Group cost consultants have estimated the cost to be in the range of $45 to $50 million depending on final design and start date of construction