Nestled on the banks of the Ottawa River approximately 40 minutes west of downtown, Pinhey’s Point features a nearly 200-year-old manor house and surrounding ruins and is an Ontario Heritage Trust site. Scenic views, historic buildings, stone ruins and rolling green hills come together to create one of the most spectacular places in Ottawa to relax, learn, and explore The site is a popular destination for boaters and cyclists.
With special events and programs taking place all summer long, visitors of all ages can learn about the area’s natural heritage, traditional trades, and the rich human history of the area.
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On land granted to him for service in the Napoleonic Wars, Hamnett Kirkes Pinhey, a British settler, built a significant estate of several stone and log structures. Today it is known as Pinhey’s Point Historic Site, but then it was known to the Pinhey family as Horaceville. The site includes 88 acres of natural heritage space, the manor house, and several ruins.
Situated on over 80 acres of farmers’ fields, shoreline, and parkland, Pinhey’s Point is an ideal outing for anyone who loves the outdoors. Pack a picnic lunch or use one of the barbecue pits on-site and plan on spending an afternoon in the sunshine, on the river, soaking up local history.
Children and Families
With lots of space to run and play and plenty of special events and programs, Pinhey’s Point is a great choice for spending a day with the family on the banks of the Ottawa River. You can enhance any visit to Pinhey’s Point by borrowing one of our Experience Backpacks. These packs are a perfect way for families to explore the site – indoors and out – on their own. With three packs to choose from, visitors can learn about the geology of the Ottawa Valley, the natural heritage of Pinhey’s Point, and the history of the people who lived at the site using hands-on activities like GPS scavenger hunts.
Curriculum-linked programs are offered for students from kindergarten through Grade 7. Students will learn through discovery and cross-disciplinary exploration topics related to history, social science, science, math, the arts, and physical education.
Exhibitions and Artefact Collections
The artefact collection and indoor exhibitions at Pinhey’s Point are the accomplishments of the Pinhey’s Point Foundation, and provide historical context to your visit.
Pinhey’s Point is the perfect picnic location. Visitors are also welcome to bring their own snacks or meals and enjoy them in the park. To preserve the artefacts in the museum, no eating is permitted in the exhibition spaces.
Take advantage of the stunning views available at Pinhey’s Point to host a wedding, anniversary, or any other special celebration. The rustic charm of the historic buildings, stone ruins, and rolling green hills site make this one of the most unique rental locations in Ottawa.
Book an Appointment
The breathtaking beauty of Pinhey’s Point must be seen to be believed. Make an appointment with our Customer Service Booking Clerk for a tour of our facility and to receive a full rental information package and application form.
The museum is open May 14 through August 31, Wednesdays to Sundays, 11 am to 5 pm. Special programming is also offered throughout the year. Times may vary for special events and programs. The park is open year-round.
We welcome private tours even when the museum is not open to the general public. Contact the museum to make arrangements.
Daily admission to the museum is free. Special event and program fees may apply. Contact the museum for special group rates. Family rates allow for a maximum of two adults.
Work with us to shape your experience. Contact the museum before your visit to discuss your needs. Information about the accessibility of the facility, or our programs and services, is available upon request. Accessibility may be difficult for some guests due to the grade and natural heritage landscape.
Driving Directions and Map
The museum is located at 270 Pinhey’s Point Road in Dunrobin, 20 minutes outside of Kanata. Public transportation is not available to the museum.
- Take March Road off Hwy 417 to Dunrobin Road. Turn right on Riddel Drive.
- Follow it left onto Sixth Line Road for about 5km until you reach Pinhey's Point Road.
- Free parking and room for buses to park at the museum.
Tel: 613-832-4347 (May to August)
Tel: 613-247-4830 (September to April)
270 Pinhey's Point Road
2100 Cabot Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1H 6K1
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