Canadian Canoe Museum Receives 10 Million Towards New Facility

Canadian Canoe Museum Receives 10 Million Towards New Facility
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The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, announced today that the Government of Canada is investing $10 million to support the construction of a new facility for the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario. The government is providing support through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.

Our government knows that investments in arts and culture help build vibrant communities and support local economies. Thanks to this investment, the Canadian Canoe Museum will be able to expand the scope of its cultural activities and help attract more tourists to the Peterborough area.
— The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism
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Two years ago, Canada Cultural Spaces Fund support allowed us to proceed in earnest with the pre-construction phase of our new museum. The Government of Canada’s partnership on this project of national scope and significance has, and continues to be, central to its success. Our world-class collection and stories have a pivotal role to play in understanding our past and our collective future. We are so grateful for this support.
— John Ronson, Chair, Board of Directors, Canadian Canoe Museum

The funding helps the museum move closer to their goal, to relocate next the Peterborough Lift Lock and Trent-Severn Waterway.

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Executive Director Carolyn Hyslop thanked the Department of Canadian Heritage and mentioned how this funding is critical to the success of the project. With the partnerships Carolyn Hyslop also mentioned that they new building will house one of the world’s most significant cultural and recreational destinations. “There will be nothing else quite like it”.

Also announced today are some of the new features that the museum space will offer…

  • 100% of the collection will be under one roof

  • A research and knowledge centre

  • Permanent exhibitions that feature First Nations, Inuit and Métis stories and perspectives that are meaningfully and authentically shared

  • A dedicated canoe building studio. Canoe builders from across the country will be able to come, build and share skills with visitors

  • Dedicated education classes (where kids can get their hands dirty!)

  • A number of community spaces including a cafe, a public galleria, nearly a 100 foot long cascading waterfall that follows the main staircase

  • Nearly a two acre living green roof that acts as a community park (accessible at all times of day)

  • An event centre. A community hub with nothing like it in the area.

The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, trying out a spokeshave to carve a paddle.

The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, trying out a spokeshave to carve a paddle.

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