Special Events and Programs

May

Heritage Power Show, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

Sunday, May 29 from 10 am to 4 pm

Presented by Vintage Iron Traditions of Eastern Ontario (V.I.T.E.O.)

What was life like before the fridge, stove, and washing machine were invented? Discover the Evolution of Technology at the Heritage Power Show, and explore what life was like before Netflix, smart phones, and delivery pizza. 

From horse-drawn carriages to motorized vehicles, treadle sewing machines to electric sewing machines, the Heritage Power show highlights technological advancements of the 1920s and 1930s, with a focus on advancements within the home, farm, and field.

Cost: $7.15/person $5.10/student or senior, $18.40/family

 

Travelling Tent Show, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

Friday, May 27, at 7 pm

Presented by the Ottawa Story Tellers

Join the Ottawa Story Tellers as they present a performance at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum.

Cost: $15.30/person

 

Travelling Tent Show, Billings Estate National Historic Site

Saturday, May 28 at 7 pm

Before radio and cinema, tent shows provided an opportunity for communities to come together to be entertained. The Ottawa Storytellers will join us to present live theatrical and musical performances.

Cost: $15.30/person

  

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Tea, Billings Estate National Historic Site

May 29 from 11 am to 4 pm

Join us at the Estate for a ‘Mad-Tea-Party’, and be treated to tea just as Alice was. Once greeted by the White Rabbit, guests will meet some of the characters from Alice in Wonderland, play a game of croquet, solve riddles, and enjoy a traditional tea service.

Cost: $20/person

*Reservations for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Tea are now closed! We are keeping a waiting list and walk-ins will be accepted on May 29 in the event of cancellations

 

June

Campfire Storytelling, Legends and Lore, Pinhey's Point Historic Site

Friday, June 3 from 7pm to 9 pm

Spend the evening on the banks of the Ottawa River, watching the sun set, and roasting marshmallows over an open fire. A local story teller will regale the legends and lore of the surrounding area, including tales of the First Nations, early explorers, voyageurs, and settlers.

Cost: $6.15/individual, $10.20/pair, $16.35/family

 

Doors Open Ottawa, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5 from 10 am to 4 pm

Join us in celebration of the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum’s 40th anniversary! Doors Open Ottawa is an annual citywide event that celebrates our community’s heritage. We’ll be making a commemorative community quilt, planting a wildflower garden, and offering guided tours.

*English tours take place on the hour, and French tours take place on the half hour.

Cost: Free 

 

Fire Fighters’ Day, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

Sunday, June 5 from 10 am to 4 pm

Presented by the Ottawa Fire Fighters

Join us for a day of play with the Ottawa Fire Fighters! The second annual Fire Fighter’s Day will feature interactive family activities, and a day filled with relay races, tug-o-war, and hands-on activities.

Cost: Free 

 

Doors Open Ottawa – Architecture – Then and Now, BBillings Estate National Historic Site

Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5 from 10 am to 4 pm

Enjoy a guided tour of the Billings Estate National Historic Site, the oldest wood-frame house in Ottawa. Learn about some of the changes that have been made to the Estate over the years in order to repurpose the house as a museum.

Cost: Free

 

Doors Open Ottawa, Fairfields Heritage House

Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5 from 10 am to 4 pm

Take a guided tour of the Fairfields Heritage Property, a 19th century gothic revival farmhouse, which was the first heritage property designated by the former municipality of Nepean. Learn about the five generation of the Bell family that lived in the home.

Cost: Free

 

Doors Open Ottawa – Museum Collections, Nepean Museum

Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5 from 10 am to 4 pm

During Doors Open Ottawa, experience a guided tour of the museum’s collection area, and enjoy a behind-the scenes look at the museum.

Cost: Free

 

Doors Open Ottawa – Ruins and Landscapes, Pinhey's Point Historic Site

Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5 from 10 am to 4 pm

Tour the Ruins and Landscapes of Pinhey’s Point Historic Site. Guided tours of the natural landscapes and ruins of Pinhey’s Point will take place throughout the day, as well as guided and self-guided tours of the house. Enjoy heritage cooking demonstrations, and the making of flower pot bread.

Cost: Free

  

Travelling Tent Show, Fairfields Heritage House

Friday, June 10 at 7 pm

Before radio and cinema, tent shows provided an opportunity for communities to come together to be entertained. The Ottawa Storytellers will join us to present live theatrical and musical performances.

Cost: $15.30/person

 

Travelling Tent Show, Pinhey's Point Historic Site

Saturday, June 11 at 7 pm

Before radio and cinema, tent shows provided an opportunity for communities to come together to be entertained. The Ottawa Storytellers will join us to present live theatrical and musical performances.

Cost: $15.30/person

 

Father’s Day, Pinhey's Point Historic Site

Sunday, June 19 from 10 am to 4 pm

Is your Dad the “handy” type? Spend some time with Dad on Father’s Day while learning from traditional craftspeople demonstrating blacksmithing, woodworking, and more. Pack a lunch or enjoy the on-site food services.

Cost: $6.15/individual, $10.20/pair, $16.35/family

 

Father’s DayCumberland Heritage Village Museum

Sunday, June 19 from 10 am to 4 pm

Spend the day the way that Dad would enjoy most, and take a leisurely stroll around the museum to check out all of the cool tools and trades. Participate in a carpentry activity, and watch blacksmith, woodworking, and sawmill demonstrations.

Cost: Regular admission

 

Father’s Day Antique Car ShowBillings Estate National Historic Site

Sunday, June 19 from 10 am to 4 pm

Treat Dad to a day filled with some his favourite things: cars, BBQ, and live music. At our classic Father’s Day Antique Car show, there’s something for everyone, including a scavenger hunt for kids, a display illustrating the evolution of emergency vehicles and services in Ottawa, and an opportunity to get up close to some of Ottawa’s coolest classic cars.

Cost: $6.15/individual, $10.20/pair, $16.35/family

 

July

Canada Day, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

Friday, July 1 from 10 am to 4 pm

Celebrate Canada Day at the museum! Bring along a picnic to enjoy on the grounds, get your face painted, test your balance on a pogo stick, and watch unicycle demonstrations. Our Canada Day celebration is sure to get you in the spirit.

Cost: Regular admission

 

Canada Day, Pinhey's Point Historic Site

Friday, July 1 from 10 am to 4 pm

Celebrate Canada Day with a look back in time. As a town of civil servants, 20th century Ottawans traditionally escaped the city to enjoy leisure activities along the Ottawa River during  Dominion Day. Participants will recreate this experience through participation in heritage games from the period, including graces and tug of war.

Cost: Free

 

Anne of Green Gables TeaBillings Estate National Historic Site

Friday, July 1 from 11 am to 4 pm

Celebrate Canada Day with one of the nation’s most beloved fictional characters. The Anne of Green Gables Tea will feature servers in costume, three-tier tea service among the gardens, period-appropriate music, lawn games, and a photo station complete with straw hats and ginger braids.

Cost: $20/person

*Reservations are required, as space is limited. Reservations will open on May 27, and will only be accepted via telephone starting at 10 am. To reserve please call 613-2474830 ext. 221

 

Campfire Storytelling, Legends and Lore - Pinhey's Point Historic Site

Friday, July 8 from 7pm to 9 pm

Participants will spend the evening on the banks of the Ottawa River, watching the sun set while roasting marshmallows over an open fire. A local story teller will regale them with legends and lore of the surrounding area, including tales of the First Nations, early explorers, voyageurs, and settlers. Different stories at each session.

Cost: $6.15/individual. $10.20/pair, $16.35/family

 

From Farm to Food, Nepean Museum (Summer Program)

July 4 to July 8 from 9 am to 12 pm

From Farm to Food is a weeklong summer program that will identify resources that settlers in Nepean would have obtained from farming and will discuss how they would have been used. Each day will feature different activities, crafts and topics. Join us for a game of “Steal the Bacon”, make a craft, and make homemade butter.

Cost: $6.25/participant

 

Can You Dig It? Billings Estate National Historic Site

Thursdays in July from 10 am to 11:30 am

Unearth Ottawa’s best kept secret by digging into our outdoor, hands-on archaeology program! Each one of these weekly programs focuses on a different aspect of archaeology, and delves into the past by having children participate in archeological digs to discover buried artefacts. Topics range from how to set up a digging grid, to artefact dating techniques, to making a time capsule. Ages 6-12

Cost: $6.25/participant

 

Little CrittersBillings Estate National Historic Site

Fridays in July from 10 am to 11:30 am

Discover the many little critters living onsite across the eight acres of parkland of Billings Estate. Young children will learn about a different insect and its lifecycle each week, play insect-related games, go on bug hunts, and make crafts to bring home. Bring along a picnic lunch, or purchase one from our team room, and enjoy the afternoon relaxing on the grounds.

Cost: $6.25/participant

 

Car Show, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

Sunday, July 10 from 10 am to 4 pm

Calling all car lovers! Stop by and admire a range of classic and vintage cars, chat with car exhibitors, and hang out in our vintage garage and play an over-sized game of checkers. Kids will love taking part in the kids drive-in, where they will make their own cardboard car and “drive-in” to watch cartoons!

Cost: Regular admission

 

By Land and Sea, Nepean Museum (Summer Program)

July 11 to July 15 from 9 am to 12 pm

Learn about the many different modes of transportation that were used in and around Nepean in the 1920s. Make a balloon car, have a balloon car race, and make crafts.

Cost: $6.25/participant

 

Movie on the Lawn, Pinhey's Point Historic Site

Saturday, July 16 from 8pm to 11pm

Join us for our annual outdoor movie! Enjoy the summer breeze, roast marshmallows over the open fire, and enjoy an outdoor movie in a picturesque setting.

*Please bring lawn chairs and or blankets.

Cost: $6.15/individual. $10.20/pair, $16.35/family

 

#shakespeare400 Tea, Billings Estate National Historic Site

Sunday, July 17 from 11 am to 4 pm

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Celebrate the life of the classic author as you enjoy three-tier tea service delivered by servers in period-appropriate costume, and as actors perform famous acts from the various works of Shakespeare.

Cost: $20/person

*Reservations are required, as space is limited. Reservations will open on June 14, and will only be accepted via telephone starting at 10 am. To reserve please call 613-2474830 ext. 221

 

Tools of the Trade, Nepean Museum (Summer Program)

July 18 to 22 from 9 am to 12 pm

In this weeklong summer program, participants will explore how people’s roles and tools have changed over time. Make crafts, play games, study artefacts, and use the museum’s discovery kits,

Cost: $6.25/participant

 

All Aboard! Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

Sunday, July 24 from 10 am to 4 pm

Travel the "rails" at the museum. Punch your "ticket" at each stop.  Enjoy a different activity or game at each stop!

Cost: Regular admission

 

Home and Away, Nepean Museum (Summer Program)

July 25 to July 29 from 9 am to 12 pm

Home and Away is a weeklong summer program that focuses on the challenges that new immigrants were faced with as early settlers. Participants will play games, make crafts and learn how settlers would communicate with family who lived far away. Write postcards, paper weaving, lawn games

Cost: $6.25/participant

 August

From Farm to Food, Fairfields Heritage House (Summer Program)

August 2 to August 5 from 9 am to 12 pm

From Farm to Food is a weeklong summer program that will identify resources that settlers in Nepean would have obtained from farming and will discuss how they would have been used. Each day will feature different activities, crafts and topics. Join us for a game of “Steal the Bacon”, make a craft, and make homemade butter.

Cost: $6.25/person

 

History DetectivesBillings Estate National Historic Site

Wednesdays in August from 1 pm to 3 pm

Do you have an aspiring Sherlock Holmes at home? Our History Detectives series of weekly programs presents a different mystery to solve each week through studying evidence and collecting clues. Kids ages 6 to 12 will develop deductive reasoning skills as they learn about the history of the Estate.

Cost: $6.25/participant

 

Step Into the KitchenBillings Estate National Historic Site

Thursdays in August from 10 am to 11:30 am

Join us for our Into the Kitchen Series on Thursdays in August, designed to teach kids aged 5-7 years the skills associated with baking different types of food. Each week, participants learn about a new food type, and make a delicious treat to bring home.

Advance registration* is strongly encouraged to avoid disappointment: 613-247-4830 or museums@ottawa.ca.

Cost: $6.25/participant

 

Preschool PicnicsBillings Estate National Historic Site

Fridays in August from 10 am to 11:30 am

Looking for a way to keep your little ones busy during the sunny summer weather? Join us for Preschool Playdates, a series of Friday playdates throughout August specifically designed for busy preschool-aged children (3-5 years old) and their parents.  Each week, a different topic is explored through fun games and activities, followed by a picnic lunch for participants and their parents in the playroom of Sally’s Kitchen.

Advance registration* is encouraged to avoid disappointment: 613-247-4830 or museums@ottawa.ca.

 Cost: $8.25/participant

 

Campfire Storytelling, Pinhey's Point Historic Site

Friday, August 5 from 7pm to 9pm

Participants will spend the evening on the banks of the Ottawa River, watching the sun set while roasting marshmallows over an open fire. A local story teller will regale them with legends and lore of the surrounding area, including tales of the First Nations, early explorers, voyageurs, and settlers. Different stories at each session.

Cost: $6.15/individual. $10.20/pair, $16.35/family

 

Summertime Explorers: Creepy Crawlies, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

August 7 from 10 am to 4 pm

Explore the world of insects, bugs and spiders! Climb through the giant “spider web” without getting caught, go on a bug hunt and collect different kinds of bugs to create a personalized terrarium, and make origami insects.

Cost: Regular admission

 

Vintage Stock Theatre - Murder Mystery, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

Saturday, August 6 at 6 pm and Sunday, August 14 at 5 pm

Presented by Vintage Stock Theatre

It's 1948, and folk in a small village are feeling more cheerful now with the war ended and hoping life will get back to normal. They turn out to a "Welcome Back Tea" for one of their own who joined up and is finally coming home, with a wife and a butler. But his arrival sparks questions - why was he so late coming back? couldn't he come home for his father's funeral? why does he appear to argue with just about everyone? Mayhem and death ensue before the puzzles are answered, in "Murder Indeed Sir." Not suitable for children.

Cost: Tickets must be pre-purchased from Vintage Stock Theatre. Details at vintagestock.on.ca.

 

By Land and Sea, Fairfields Heritage House (Summer Program)

August 8 to August 12 from 9 am to 12 pm

Learn about the many different modes of transportation that were used in and around Nepean in the 1920s. Make a balloon car, have a balloon car race, and make crafts.

Cost: $6/participant

 

Get to the Point, Pinhey's Point Historic Site

August 14 from 10 am to 4 pm

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Ottawa River as you enjoy a variety of different activities. Take a Voyageur canoe ride, enjoy sailing demonstrations, be inspired by our display of heritage boats, learn about the forgotten arts and trades, and be entertained by live music.

Cost: $6.15/individual. $10.20/pair, $16.35/family

 

Tools of the Trade, Fairfields Heritage House (Summer Program)

August 15 to 19 from 9 am to 12 pm

In this weeklong summer program, participants will explore how people’s roles and tools have changed over time. Make crafts, play games, study artefacts, and use the museum’s discovery kits,

Cost: $6.25/participant

 

Drive-In Movie - The Adventures of Robin Hood, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

Saturday, August 27 - gates open at 6:30 pm

The Adventures of Robin Hood, the classic tale of the Legend of Robin Hood, who stole from the rich and gave to the poor is coming to the big screen! Enjoy the atmosphere of a classic drive-in along with our vintage concession stand and learn about how stunts from the movie were done. Fire an arrow at our archery range, and capture a selfie with Robin Hood, Maid Marion, and a bard of Merry Men!

Cost: $10 / adult; $5 / student; Free – children under 5 years of age OR $30 / carload – maximum 5 people / vehicle - additional people, ie.6 or more people / carload - $5 / person (no charge for children under 5 years of age); $5 / person for walk-ins; No memberships or special passes.

 

Vintage Motorcycle Show, Billings Estate National Historic Site

Sunday, August 21 from 10 am to 4 pm

Come meet the keepers of vintage motorcycles and their prized possessions! You’ll learn about different types of motorcycles from different parts of the world and can test your motorcycle knowledge in our family-friendly scavenger hunt!

Cost: $6.15/person, $10.20/pair, $16.35/family

 

Home and Away, Fairfields Heritage House (Summer Program)

August 22 to 26 from 9 am to 12 pm

Home and Away is a weeklong summer program that focuses on the challenges that new immigrants were faced with as early settlers. Participants will play games, make crafts and learn how settlers would communicate with family who lived far away. Write postcards, paper weaving, lawn games

Cost: $6.25/participant

 

Sifting Through HistoryPinhey's Point Historic Site

August - Exact date TBD

Spend time exploring the history, natural heritage, and eco-systems of Pinhey’s Point. Children can take part in hands-on activities to uncover new archaeological secrets under the direction of an archaeologist. 

 

Pride and Prejudice Tea PartyBillings Estate National Historic Site

Sunday, August 28 from 11 am to 4 pm

Join us for a themed tea amidst details from the infamous novel, “Pride and Prejudice” by acclaimed author, Jane Austen. Enjoy a Regency era tea menu, English country dance demonstrations, and actors demonstrating popular characters from the novel.

Cost: $20/person

*Reservations are required, as space is limited. Reservations will open on July 26, and will only be accepted via telephone starting at 10 am. To reserve please call 613-2474830 ext. 221

 

 

 

 

Billings Estate National Historic Site           

2100 Cabot Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1H 6K1

Tel: 613-247-4830
Fax: 613-247-4832

museums@ottawa.ca

 

Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

2940 Old Montreal Road 
Cumberland, ON K4C 1E6 

Tel: 613-833-3059

cumberlandmuseum@ottawa.ca 

 

Fairfields Heritage House

3080 Richmond Road
Nepean, ON K4C 1E6

Tel: 613-726-2652

museums@ottawa.ca

 

Nepean Museum

16 Rowley Avenue
Nepean, ON K2G 1L9

Tel: 613-580-9638

museums@ottawa.ca

 

Pinhey’s Point Historic Site           

270 Pinhey’s Point Road
Dunrobin, ON K4C 1E6
    
Tel: 613-832-4347 (May to August)
Tel: 613-247-4830 (September to April)

museums@ottawa.ca