Construction on new Canadian Canoe Museum commences

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

Construction on the new Canadian Canoe Museum (CCM) on the shore of Little Lake in Peterborough will start in October, officials announced last week.

The announcement was made last week, after the CCM completed the purchase of Johnson property from the City of Peterborough.

Project partners include:

Peterborough City Council approved the land sale in January 2021, subject to conditions including rezoning, project validation and confirmation of site appropriateness, all of which have been met to the satisfaction of both CCM and the city. CCM paid $1.575 million for the five acres of land.

CCM intends to sell its current property at 910 Monaghan Rd. to help fund the project in addition to a fundraising campaign that has raised just over 82 per cent of the $40 million needed to complete the project.

Chandos Construction Ltd. and Lett Architects Inc., were awarded contracts valued at $27.4 million for design services and construction of the unique building.

“Canadian Canoe Museum is thrilled to have completed these critical milestones so that we may commence with construction as planned in October,” said Carolyn Hyslop, executive director, Canadian Canoe Museum. “Our project team is working at lightning speed to stay on schedule so that we may be ready to open the new museum in 2023.”

The new museum will boast the world’s largest collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft. Many of the 600 watercraft and thousands of small artifacts are currently not on display due to space restrictions. It will meet Class A conservation standards, and will be built directly on the water, allowing for increased on-water and in-person programming.

“I am pleased to see the completion of this transaction for the property that will be the future home of The Canadian Canoe Museum. I am very much looking forward to the building of this exciting project in Peterborough’s Ashburnham Ward,” said City Councillor Gary Baldwin.

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