The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women and Member of Parliament (Peterborough–Kawartha), on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced on Friday (February 24th) that the Canadian Canoe Museum is receiving $1,410,672 to fund architectural and engineering plans required for the construction of a new museum facility in Peterborough.
“The Government of Canada is committed to investing in Canada’s cultural infrastructure," says the Honourable Maryam Monsef. "Revitalized cultural facilities, like the one that will house the Canadian Canoe Museum, allow Canadians to share and enjoy the inspiring influences of arts and heritage.”
“The Canadian Canoe Museum community is incredibly grateful for this federal funding," adds Bill Morris, Chair of Board of Directors at the Museum. "It will allow us to proceed in earnest with the pre-construction phase of a facility. The new museum, once complete, will care for its world-class collection the way it deserves to be cared for and preserve it, protect it and showcase it for generations to come.”
The funding announced will support the preparation of pre-construction documents, including architectural and engineering plans. The new museum facility will be built on a Parks Canada site adjacent to the Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site on the Trent-Severn Waterway.
Neil Young spent many of his formative years in Omemee, Ontario near Peterborough—and a museum, Youngtown Rock & Roll Museum, dedicated to the rock legend was there for many years before relocating to nearby Lindsay.
An awesome photo (see below) was posted to the Vintage Peterborough, Lindsay and the Kawartha Region Facebook page of Young in a Grade 1 class photo at Omemee Public School (1951-52). Neil is standing in the back row, third from the left (with that distinct Neil Young facial expression).
Young's "Helpless"—with its lyrics "There is a town in North Ontario, with dream comfort, memory to spare"—was written as an ode to his Omemee childhood home.
In celebration of the Toronto 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games, The Canadian Canoe Museum is pleased to announce the launch of Skimming The Surface, an engaging, interactive exhibition that captures the spirit, excitement and legacy of this sport.
The exhibition opens Wednesday, April 22nd at 7:30 pm to the public, and is free of charge on this evening.
Watch the teaser video below to learn more about the exhibition...
After close to eight years of operation, the volunteer run Youngtown Rock and Roll Museum closed its doors in Omemee on September 27th, 2014 due to time commitments and costs of operation. (Omemee was one of the places Neil Young spent his formative years, and is the inspiration for many of his songs.)
The good news is a smaller commemorative exhibit from the museum has now opened in nearby Lindsay at The Olde Gaol Museum.
Called The New Youngtown Museum Exhibit, it showcases a number of select artifacts and memorabilia that have been enjoyed by thousands of visitors to their former Omemee location.
3. Peterborough & District Sports Hall of Fame Located at the PMC, this is the shrine to all that is sports in and around Peterborough. From hockey stars to softball and golf champs, there is so much history in this incredible collection! It's also a spot where you can check out the work of my very own dad, George Elliott!
5. Hutchison House Located in downtown Peterborough, this is a living history museum offering a glimpse of life in Ontario in the 1800s.