And just like that, our 20th season is coming to a close as of Oct 15th. Thanks for making the beautiful patio even more beautiful! And a huge shout out to our hard working staff, 30 in total, who make the Bean possible.

While this location enters hibernation, stay tuned for our official soft opening date in early spring of our 2nd location at The Canadian Canoe Museum! The grand opening is set for May 12, 2023. We’ll be open a month or 2 before before to get to know the space and work out all the kinks. Looking forward to offering Bean hospitality on 2 waterfronts in Peterborough-Nogojiwanong!

Much love, The Bean Team

2023. Our 20th Season!

As of May 1st we jump into patio season once again! Cue the outdoor meals with friends, the early morning breakfast by the water, the catch a cone after a paddle, the bringing out-of-town friends down to the waterfront, the enjoyment of Millennium park festivals and events. We have our fantastic seasoned staff returning and a few new staff ready to compliment the team; classic menu and new menu offerings; expected and returning festivals and new community events and ideas.

This is a big year for us in celebrating where we come starting in 2003. The original owner, and good friend, Andrea Vanderherberg saw something in this little boathouse by the water and built a positive reputation and community heartbeat out of a little cafe with its fresh food and drink. Big kudos to Andrea and Michael for the quality, community-minded foundation they laid.

Now looking ahead to fresh opportunities of 2023. Location #2 at the newly built Canadian Canoe Museum will be launched this fall! Expect a similar Bean vibe with some new and location specific food and drink offerings. Again, we will be situated in a park, on the main path, by beautiful waterfront, in the middle of community life: all fantastic ingredients.

As we celebrate where we come from and look ahead to new chapters, we have you to thank. Through all of the seasons, your presence, support and patronage have made us possible. Together we are better. Cheers to 20!

Brewing Up a New Partnership

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Brewing up a new partnership: The Canadian Canoe Museum announces the Silver Bean Café as the new museum’s café operator

PETERBOROUGH, Thursday, October 6, 2022 – Drinks, light lunches, tasty treats,and grab-and-go options will all be available at The Canadian Canoe Museum’s (CCM) new café and patio beginning next summer, thanks to a new partnership with the Silver Bean Café. Named the Silver Bean Café on the Lake, the café will offer tourists,surrounding neighbours, and the general public delectable delights year-round.

In March, the CCM invited proposals from qualified vendors for the supply of café services through a request for proposal process.

“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,” shares executive director Carolyn Hyslop. “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!”

Dan Brandsma, the owner of The Silver Bean Café, assures his loyal customers that the original location on King Street will continue to operate seasonally but is excited about this new venture.

“We are thrilled that the Silver Bean Café is partnering with the CCM to provide a beautiful new and welcoming café space! 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. 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!” exclaims Brandsma.

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

The café can accommodate 30 people seated inside and 32 seated outside on the terrace. It is expected that the café will be open seven days a week during the Museum’s hours of operation, year-round.

The new museum, which is set to open next summer, will welcome local, national, and international visitors to the region to experience the CCM’s world-class collection and a new suite of exhibits and award-winning programming. Surrounded by public parks on a five-acre site at 2077 Ashburnham Drive in Peterborough, ON, the new museum will provide stunning west-facing views of Little Lake and a connection to the Trans Canada Trail. It will become a vibrant community space for outdoor activities and the Museum’s canoeing and outdoor programs and events. Learn more at canoemuseum.ca/new-museum.

Supporting the new museum project are The Weston Family Foundation, the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the City of Peterborough, and the County of Peterborough.

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