The Canadian Canoe Museum is one step closer to the water.
They’ve just announced the architect plans for their new building to be built along the Trent Severn Waterway in Peterborough, Ontario. Internationally acclaimed architects heneghan peng (Dublin Ireland) and Kearns Mancini (Toronto, Ontario) won the competition with an eco-driven design, complete with a glass pavilion and garden rooftop.
Parks Canada has partnered up with the Canoe Museum to help make their dream a reality, which isn’t necessarily going to be easy. The price tag of the new building is estimated at $45 million. I’m guessing there are going to be a few fundraising events for this one. They hope to break ground by 2017 and move in 30 months later.
The museum opened its original home in 1997—taking over the former property of Outboard Marine. The land and building was purchased for $1. They soon ran out of space to properly store and display the world’s largest collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft. It’s also situated between a hockey area and shopping mall—not the best place to paddle a canoe.
Check out my interview on the subject, in my latest Happy Camper Whiskey Fireside Chat.