Canadian Canoe Museum announces new site, new architect

The Canadian Canoe Museum (CCM) announced that Johnson Park, the City-owned property at 2077 Ashburnham Drive in Peterborough, ON, has been deemed viable for the building of its new canoe museum.
The museum’s original concept was awarded by an international design competition, won by heneghan peng architects and Kearns Mancini Architects, and planned for a site alongside the Trent-Severn Waterway.

The change of site will entail a change of design, and the museum will now be designed by Peterborough-based Lett Architects.

“We are thrilled that recently concluded due diligence explorations, environmental assessments, testing and feasibility studies have substantiated the Johnson Park location as a viable site for the building of the new world-class canoe museum,” confirmed Carolyn Hyslop, executive director, The Canadian Canoe Museum. “The museum will now enter the next phase of feasibility and validation activities. This process will help us fine tune budget and overall costs, design and the project schedule with a view to being shovel-ready by the end of 2021,” said Hyslop.

The new museum will be built on a flat portion of the property, away from the floodplain, on the open land along Ashburnham Drive. This will preserve the existing trail, shoreline and natural waterfront.

“Lett Architects are thrilled to be working with the Canadian Canoe Museum on a new home for their comprehensive collection and programming,” said Bill Lett, managing principal. “As a local studio, we are excited for the opportunity to design this new facility and for the first-hand chance to experience its positive impact on our own community.”