Parks Canada and The Canadian Canoe Museum are exploring an innovative idea of relocating the Museum to the Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site on the Trent-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.
This initiative would bring new economic growth with new construction projects as well as create additional employment and business opportunities for the Trent-Severn Waterway. The construction of the new museum may include a building of 80,000 square feet and space for a gift shop, a restaurant and a meeting room facility to accommodate up to 250 people.
The relocation of the Museum at the Lock 21-Peterborough Lift Lock historical site would unite two of Peterborough’s major tourism attractions, providing water access for the Museum’s programming activities as well as preserve Canadian heritage of canoes and other related watercraft.
For the Canoe Museum, this initiative represents the potential fulfillment of a long-cherished aspiration – the relocation to a new water-based site that will enable wider and more extensive programming. On September 23rd, 2015 we hosted an open house to have each of the Stage 2 Selected Firms present their proposals:
Heneghan Peng Architects of Dublin
Kohn Pederson Fox of New York City
Source The Canadian Canoe Museum.