July 12, 2017 6:06 pm
Updated: July 18, 2017 3:12 pm

Smart technology ahead of Canadian Canoe Museum move

The Canadian Canoe Museum is receiving 14 new television sets to be placed throughout the museum. They will enhance the visitors experience and allow for a more pleasant and educational experience.


The Canadian Canoe Museum is upgrading its twelve television sets to fourteen new flat screens which will ultimately enhance exhibits throughout the museum and will be carried over into the new museum. The new facility will be beside the Peterborough Lift Lock on the Trent Severn Waterway.

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“We have TVs. They are those big tube TVs, you know, that weigh 50 lbs and have a giant back on them,” said Development Manager at The Canadian Canoe Museum, Devon Bathurst. “And DVD players and VHS players so the new TVs are great because we will be able to put all of our DVDs and VHS tapes on USB sticks and then plug them right into the TV so it will be all one system.”

Parks Canada and The Canadian Canoe museum have officially signed a letter of intent to formalise their collaboration. The new Canadian Canoe Museum will be relocating to the historical site to unite two major tourist attractions and provide water access for activities. The hope is to bring economic growth and business opportunities to the Trent-Severn Waterway.

“We are delighted to

 be collaborating with Parks Canada to bring The Canadian Canoe Museum and its nationally significant collection and related programs to the water. The Peterborough Lift Lock location allows for us to unite two of Peterborough’s major tourism attractions, providing water access and preserving the heritage of Peterborough as the national ‘shrine’ celebrating canoes and other related watercraft,” says Ken Powell, Chair, Board of Directors, The Canadian Canoe Museum.

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The fourteen television sets were donated by Cogeco television.

“A request came forward actually looking for support for that so all of a sudden it was like yes, let’s look into this a little deeper and really it all goes to enhance the programs and displays,” says Cogeco’s David Feeley.

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The television sets vary in size depending on where they will be placed throughout the museum and will allow volunteers to change the content more frequently with the push of a few buttons.

“Each exhibit has a video playing that ties into what’s taking place in that exhibit. So, for example, in our Bill Mason exhibit, we have a feature, it’s almost like a short biography, about himself and his canoe trips,” said Bathurst.

The Canadian Canoe Museum hopes to donate the old sets and give back to the community. If you are in need of a tube television, feel free to contact The Canadian Canoe Museum. 

Photos below of the New Canadian Canoe Museum design. Photos taken from the Canadian Canoe Museum website.


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