We were pretty honoured to be asked to submit a bid to provide commissioning for the Canadian Canoe Museum earlier this year. To be honest, prior to this, we didn’t really know there was such a place! Having a couple of avid outdoor enthusiasts here at CFMS, we found it exciting news, and added a visit to the museum to our summer road trip bucket lists. And then we waited to see if we would be chosen as the commissioning team for the project…
Needless to say, we were very excited when we found out we were the selected team! Shortly after we found out the good news, we learned of even better news for the project – a generous donation of $7.5M from the W. Garfield Weston Foundation, to help the project along. Located beside the Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site on the Trent-Severn Waterway, this museum will help bring to life the important history of all who call Canada home.
The canoe is iconic to Canada, one of the biggest pieces of our collective heritage, and something that is still used and treasured today across our beautiful country. The museum currently houses more than 600 canoes, kayaks and watercraft, weaving together stories from coast to coast of watercraft traditions from First Nations of the Pacific Northwest to the Beothuk of Newfoundland. Canoe-like watercraft can be found around the globe, and can certainly be considered an important part of our collective world history.
The new museum features award winning architecture and cutting edge sustainable design. And what a team! Dublin, Ireland architects heneghan peng are the design architects, working with project architects Kearns Mancini of Toronto. The building services and structural engineers are ARUP Canada. The project is also generously supported by the City of Peterborough and Parks Canada.
Everything about this project makes it a real treat for CFMS to be part of, because we really are a part of Canadian history in the process. We encourage you to read more about the Canadian Canoe Museum and its exciting future. Consider making a trip out to Peterborough to immerse yourself in some Canadiana this summer, and definitely return when the new building opens in 2022.
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