Silver Bean Café will operate the café at Peterborough’s new Canadian Canoe Museum

Opening in summer 2023, 'Silver Bean Café on the Lake' will serve breakfast, light lunches, treats, and drinks including alcohol

The Canadian Canoe Museum executive director Carolyn Hyslop and Silver Bean Cafe owner Dan Brandsma celebrate their new partnership by donning each other's t-shirts and raising a cup of coffee to their future together. The Silver Bean Café on the Lake will operate seven days a week at the new Canadian Canoe Museum at 2077 Ashburnham Drive on the shores of Little Lake when the new museum opens in summer 2023. (Photo courtesy of The Canadian Canoe Museum)
The Canadian Canoe Museum executive director Carolyn Hyslop and Silver Bean Cafe owner Dan Brandsma celebrate their new partnership by donning each other's t-shirts and raising a cup of coffee to their future together. The Silver Bean Café on the Lake will operate seven days a week at the new Canadian Canoe Museum at 2077 Ashburnham Drive on the shores of Little Lake when the new museum opens in summer 2023. (Photo courtesy of The Canadian Canoe Museum)

Peterborough’s popular Silver Bean Café, located in Millennium Park on the shores of the Otonabee River, will have a second location next summer.

The Canadian Canoe Museum announced on Thursday (October 6) that the Silver Bean Café will be the café operator at the new museum, currently under construction at 2077 Ashburnham Drive on the shores of Little Lake.

‘The Silver Bean Café on the Lake’ will offer drinks (including alcoholic beverages), light lunches, treats, and grab-and-go options to museum visitors and local residents.

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In March, the museum issued a request for proposals from qualified vendors for the supply of café services at the new museum, which is set to open in summer 2023.

“We were searching for an energetic, warm, and welcoming team with proven experience to manage and operate the museum’s new café, that was also community minded and would work with us to enhance our visitor experience,” says the museum’s executive director Carolyn Hyslop in a media release.

“The Silver Bean Café was a natural fit. We cannot wait to sip on an Americano by the outdoor fireplace on the lakefront terrace or enjoy an ice cream while walking along the trail and shoreline.”

Directly off the new Canadian Canoe Museum's café is a covered outdoor terrace where visitors can enjoy a beverage and a snack while taking in lakefront views. The terrace is also accessible from the Trans-Canada Trail to the west of the building, allowing the public to stop by for refreshments as they walk the local network of trails. This space features a large fireplace and comfortable seating, making it the perfect spot to relax as the sun sets over Little Lake. (Rendering by Lett Architects Inc., courtesy of The Canadian Canoe Museum)
Directly off the new Canadian Canoe Museum’s café is a covered outdoor terrace where visitors can enjoy a beverage and a snack while taking in lakefront views. The terrace is also accessible from the Trans-Canada Trail to the west of the building, allowing the public to stop by for refreshments as they walk the local network of trails. This space features a large fireplace and comfortable seating, making it the perfect spot to relax as the sun sets over Little Lake. (Rendering by Lett Architects Inc., courtesy of The Canadian Canoe Museum)
Looking south from the entrance of the new Canadian Canoe Museum, the large fireplace of the café lounge can be seen in the background.  (Rendering by Lett Architects Inc., courtesy of The Canadian Canoe Museum)
Looking south from the entrance of the new Canadian Canoe Museum, the large fireplace of the café lounge can be seen in the background. (Rendering by Lett Architects Inc., courtesy of The Canadian Canoe Museum)

The Silver Bean Café on the Lake will be able to seat 30 people inside the museum’s café lounge and 32 outside on the terrace. The café is expected to be open seven days a week, year round, during the museum’s hours of operation.

The café’s menu will consist of made-fresh-to-oder breakfast (including freshly baked scones), light lunches with specialty sandwiches and salads, desserts baked in-house and imported from other local bakeries, locally roasted coffee and espresso drinks, a variety of grab-and-go options, Kawartha Dairy ice cream in the summer, and soup, chili, and other comfort foods in the winter. The café will also be licensed to serve alcohol.

“We are thrilled that the Silver Bean Café is partnering with the Canadian Canoe Museum to provide a beautiful new and welcoming café space,” says Silver Bean Café owner Dan Brandsma. “It is exciting to be able to provide a location that will be open all year round and maintain a presence on another beautiful Nogojiwanong-Peterborough waterfront with stunning indoor and patio options.”

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“We feel we have a natural affinity to the museum’s values, culture, and waterfront location and will do our utmost to add to the experience with fresh, local and delicious food and drink offerings. What a privilege — we can’t wait.”

Brandsma adds that original Millennium Park location will continue to operate seasonally.

For more information about the new museum, visit canoemuseum.ca/new-museum/.