Special Events and Programs

October

Culture Days, Billings Estate National Historic Site 

Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2 from 10 am to 5 pm.

Celebrate Culture Days by visiting the museum free of charge!  Take a guided tour of our exhibition, explore the site using one of our Experience Backpacks, or learn more about the Billings family and home by playing indoor games and activities in Sally’s Kitchen.

Cost: Free

 

Culture Days, Pinhey's Point Historic Site 

Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2 from 10 am to 4 pm

Follow in the footsteps of artist John Charles Pinhey and pick up a paintbrush! Participants are invited to try their hand at examining the natural beauty and heritage of the site by painting the fall views. 

Cost: Free

 

Culture Days, Fairfields Heritage House

Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2 from 10 am to 4 pm 

Visit Nepean’s first heritage home by guided tour, available throughout the day.  Learn about the Bell family and their many contributions to local history.

Cost: Free

 

Haunted House on the Hill, Billings Estate National Historic Site 

Friday and Saturday evenings, from October 14 to October 29.  Tours start at 7 pm with last admission at 10 pm

Confront your fears… at Haunted House on the Hill!  Prepare to be scared as you experience the Estate under the cover of darkness.  Frightening scenes indoors and out will get you in the mood for Halloween while leaving grown adults screaming like children.

Cost: $10.20/per person.  Advance ticket sales begin September 21 at 10 am. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Pumpkin Party, Nepean Museum

Saturday, October 22 from 10 am to 4 pm 

Looking for a safe, family-friendly place to celebrate Halloween? We’re pulling out all the spooky stops with a costume parade (make sure to dress in your Halloween best!), fortune-telling games, face painting, and pumpkin decorating. The museum is definitely the place to be for Halloween fun!

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

 

Victorian Séance, Pinhey's Point Historic Site  

Saturday, October 22 and 29 from 7 pm to 9 pm 

Commune with the past by participating in a traditional séance, led by a psychic medium. Complete the experience with hot cider, Halloween candy, and discussion of the darker side of history.

Cost: $30.60/person, must be 16 years or older

 

Halloween at Horaceville, Pinhey's Point Historic Site 

Sunday, October 23 from 10 am to 4 pm

Enjoy the traditional treats of Halloween tricksters while carving pumpkins and listening to some family-friendly scary stories.

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

 

Victorian Séance, Billings Estate National Historic Site 

Sunday, October 23 and 30, from 7 pm to 9 pm 

Commune with the past by participating in a traditional séance, led by a psychic medium. Complete the experience with hot cider, Halloween candy, and discussion of the darker side of history.

Cost: $30.60/person. Registration is required.  Advance ticket sales begin September 16 at 10 am. 

 

Halloween Party, Billings Estate National Historic Site

Sunday, October 30, from 10 am to 4 pm

Trick-or-treat at some of Ottawa’s most famous landmarks, all in one spot!  Visit our variety of child-sized historic buildings while hunting down famous movie monsters, making fake blood and flapping bats to take home, and haunting the runway in the ever-popular costume parade!

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

 

Trick-or-Treat!, Fairfields Heritage House 

Monday, October 31 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

If you’re out trick-or-treating in the neighbourhood be sure to stop by Fairfields.  We’ll have plenty of treats on hand, and maybe a few tricks up our sleeves, too!

Cost: Free

 

December 

Christmas Séance, Billings Estate National Historic Site 

Friday, December 9 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Your senses will go into overdrive during these popular events as you look, listen and feel for changes in the environment that signal a presence from the beyond. Psychic Connie Adams leads a small group of participants through a traditional séance in one of Ottawa’s oldest wood-framed houses.

Cost: $30.60/person. Advance ticket sales begin November 2 at 10 am.

 

A Nepean Christmas, Nepean Museum 

Sunday, December 11 from 10 am to 4 pm

Head to the museum with kids in tow to have fun learning about old-fashioned Christmas traditions.  Take home a gingerbread house and a Christmas card, and maybe even meet St. Nick himself!

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

 

Christmas Tea, Billings Estate National Historic Site

Sunday, December 11 and 18, from 11 am to 4 pm

Take some time to sit down and catch up with friends and family during this busy holiday season by enjoying a hot cup of tea and our popular scones and sandwiches.  Learn about the history of Christmas literary classics like ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and A Christmas Carol while taking in the sounds of Victorian carollers in our traditionally decorated historic house.

Cost: $20/person.  Reservations are required.  Registration opens November 7 at 10 am.

 

Elves of the Estate, Billings Estate National Historic Site

Saturday, December 17, from 10 am to 4 pm

Do you have a little elf at home? At our Elves of the Estate event, kids can dress up like elves, visit with Santa and take a look around his workshop, enjoy milk and cookies while reading stories with Mrs. Claus, and make their parents a secret gift!

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

 

Victorian Christmas, Fairfields Heritage House  

Sunday, December 18 from 5 pm to 8 pm

Stop in this evening to see what Christmas was like in a 19th-century Ontario home.  Enjoy sampling traditional Christmas treats and listening to Victorian Christmas carols.  Guided tours will explore the Bell family’s history and Christmas traditions.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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