The Canadian Museum of Water was established in 2023 to provide a focal point for advocacy and for water-related initiatives in Canada. From a unique Canadian perspective, our telling of the story of water spans a timeline that is centuries old: from the earliest First Nations through to the Industrial Era and on to contemporary Canada. Canada has upwards of 20% of the world's surface freshwater and 7% of the world's renewable water flow. Our programming and activities model both stewardship and advocacy as vital tools in promoting preservation, innovation, and education.
The Canadian Museum of Water with its presence online, on the ground and on the water, seeks to establish itself as Canada’s primary conduit for the understanding and appreciation of water and the role it plays in our heritage, our culture and our everyday life.
Steam and Steel: The Story of the SS Keewatin
From 1907 to 1965 Port McNicoll was known as “The Chicago of the North” for its industry and maritime heritage. A major CP rail hub, the SS Keewatin and her sister-ship the SS Assiniboia provided a vital transportation link between Central and Southern Ontario to the Canadian West.
Our online exhibit explores the vessel itself, and will be updated to explore some of the stories and personalities of those who sailed on Canada's Great Lakes.
"I Am Water"
The “I Am Water” Exhibit presents visitors with a personification of water and asks visitors to create a relationship with this embodiment.
Wooden Boats on Georgian Bay: A Journey
This temporary online exhibition explores water transportation on the great lakes through the dozens of vessels restored by the Georgian Bay Heritage League along with their team of dedicated volunteers.