The Canadian Canoe Museum stewards the world’s largest collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft. More than 600 in number, the watercraft and their stories of national and international significance have a pivotal role to play in understanding our past and collective future.
In partnership with individuals, groups, and communities, we work to experience and explore all that our collection can inspire – connecting people to the land and each other, through the canoe.
As part of our responsibility for the collection, we are building it a new home. The new museum, at the water’s edge, aspires to be as innovative as the canoe itself. This facility will care for the collection, preserving, protecting, and showcasing it for generations to come. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to develop new exhibits that will honour the cultural histories within the collection. The canoe offers a unique platform for sharing First Nations, Inuit, and Mètis histories and stories as the builders and users of the first canoes and kayaks. As we develop and deepen respectful, meaningful, and collaborative relations with communities, we hope to learn from one another, and to invite multiple voices into the museum to tell our shared history.