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