The Canadian Canoe Museum

Discover, Create & Engage



You have less than a week to visit the Canadian Canoe Museum before their doors close in preparation for the move to their new waterfront location. 

Labour Day will be the last day the museum will be open to the public in 2022.

Scheduled to reopen: Summer 2023

Experience a unique national heritage centre that explores canoe’s enduring significance to the peoples of Canada, through an exceptional collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft.

Come for a guided tour, or enjoy a self-guided visit through our engaging, family-friendly museum with more than 100 canoes and kayaks on display.

Family visitors will enjoy interactive, hands-on galleries, a scavenger hunt, model canoe building and puppet theatre. Through inclusive, memorable and engaging exhibits and programs we share the art, culture, heritage and spirit of paddled watercraft with our communities.

The museum’s artifacts range from the great dugouts of the First Nations of the Pacific Northwest to the singular bark canoes of the Beothuk of Newfoundland; from the skin-on-frame kayaks of northern peoples from Baffin Island in the east to the Mackenzie River Delta in the northwest to the all-wood and canvascovered craft manufactured by companies with names like Herald, Peterborough, Chestnut, Lakefield and Canadian.

For those travelling the Route Champlain, be sure to spend time in our Trade and Alliances gallery for unique perspectives on the trading relationships, canoes, and other artifacts of the “pre-contact” and the fur trade period.

Peterborough & the Kawarthas

Peterborough is a vibrant, yet laid back city that is nestled in the Kawarthas region. It has an exciting arts scene including performing arts and a nightlife with a focus on live musicians. Peterborough is also home to many museums including a unique museum with an impressive collection of canoes.

Known as the gateway to cottage area, Peterborough is the perfect place to setup a basecamp to explore the rest of the region. There’s a lot of natural space to explore inside and outside of the city with trails to follow if you enjoy the outdoors.

To learn more about all there is to see and do here, visit the region’s tourism website.

Ontario Travel Information Services

For more general tourism information or to plan your visit, please call to speak with a Travel Counsellor at 1-800-668-2746 (1-800-ONTARIO). Travel Counsellors are available to speak with you in either English or French.

Book an appointment with a Travel Counsellor or send an Email  at with your Ontario travel questions.

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Monaghan Road 910
Peterborough K9J 5K4 ON CA
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Year Round Labour Day (September 5th) will be the last day the museum will be open to the public in 2022. Scheduled to reopen: Summer 2023