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Pinhey’s Point Historic Site

About us

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

On land granted to him following 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.

Greenspace

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.

Location and hours

270 Pinhey’s Point Road
Dunrobin, Ontario, K0A 1T0     

Contact us

Tel: 613-832-4347 (May to August)
Tel: 613-247-4830 (September to April)
Email: museums@ottawa.ca

Mailing address

2100 Cabot Street
Ottawa, Ontario, K1H 6K1

Hours

In 2017, the museum is open May 14 through September 3, Wednesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm. The museum is open on weekends from September 9 through October 8, 10 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.

Admission

Daily admission to the museum is by donation. Special event and program fees may apply. Contact the museum for special group rates. Family rates allow for a maximum of two adults.

Upcoming events and programs

Check out all museum special events and programs by month.

March

Snowshoeing Under the Stars

Friday, March 10 from 7 pm to 9 pm

Enjoy the fresh air and a starry night sky as you join us for Snowshoeing under the Stars at picturesque Pinhey’s Point Historic Site. We’ll teach you the basics of the sport and take you on a hike exploring the varied natural and historical features of this beautiful location on the Ottawa River. Hot chocolate will be served by the open fire following the hike. Space and snowshoes are limited, so registration is required at 613-247-4830 extension 221.

*Weather permitting

Cost: $10.45 per participant

Sunday Snowshoeing

Sunday, March 12 from 10 am to 12 noon

Get out and about Sunday morning as you explore the park at Pinhey’s Point Historic Site on snowshoes! We’ll teach you the basics of the sport and take you on a hike exploring the varied natural and historical features of this beautiful location on the Ottawa River. Hot chocolate will be served by the open fire following the hike. Space and snowshoes are limited, so registration is required at 613-247-4830 x221.

*Weather permitting

Cost: $10.45 for adults, $6.30 for children

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School Programs

Curriculum-linked School programs and educational activities 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.

The museum offers three exciting programs which includes a brief tour of the museum for students from kindergarten to grade 7. This two hour program focuses on natural and cultural heritage, and ensures students get to play outdoors. The museum can work with teachers to develop curriculum programs and meet special needs.

Hours

Book visits Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm, from May 11th through the end of June. Fully bilingual staff are on site at all times.

Location

270 Pinhey’s Point Road, Dunrobin, Ottawa (35 minutes from downtown Ottawa)

Cost

$4.20/participant per program; you can also choose an activity add-on for an extra $1/participant.

All fees must be paid prior to participation in the program.

Group size

Groups are limited to a maximum of 60 children plus teachers and supervisors.

Our Programs

All of our programs meet the Ontario Curriculum and are designed to take advantage of the beauty at Pinhey’s Point.

Wild Builders: Kindergarten to Grade 4

Learn how animals build their homes. Search for spider webs, birds’ nests, beaver dams, beehives, and groundhog’s holes among others. Do crafts, play games and enjoy other fun activities.

  • Kindergarten – Visual Arts, Science and Technology, Mathematics;
  • Grades 1 & 2 – Visual Arts, Science and Technology, Drama;
  • Grade 3 – Science and Technology, Heritage and Citizenship;
  • Grade 4 – Science and Technology

River Stories: Grades 2 to 4

Discover the people who have relied on the Ottawa River throughout history and learn about the people who settled along its shores. Students will discover how the river was once used as a main transportation route and what life was like for the Pinhey family and others who first settled in March Township almost 200 years ago.

  • Grade 2 – Social Studies, Science and Technology, The Arts;
  • Grade 3 – Social Studies, Science and Technology, The Arts;
  • Grade 4 – Social Studies, Science and Technology, The Arts.

We are all Connected! Grades 4 to 7

Students can learn about natural food chains, habitats, and ecosystems first hand, by taking a hike through the bush to identify animal habitats, playing games to reinforce lessons, and discovering how we are connected to the world around us.

  • Grade 4 – Science and Technology, Health and Physical Education;
  • Grade 6 – Science and Technology, Health and Physical Education;
  • Grade 7 – Science and Technology, Social Studies, Health and Physical Education

Activity add-ons

The following activities are short workshops that can be added to other programs. Each additional activity is 30 minutes in length and costs $1 per child.

  • Old Fashioned Games: Students can learn how kids had fun back then: play old-fashioned games like tug-o-war, Game of Graces, and marbles, Students can make their own toy to take home.
  • Geoheritage: Children will use GPS for a scavenger hunt around the site to discover how records hidden in local rocks can reveal what life was like billions of years ago in the Ottawa Valley.
  • Bonkers for Botany: Discover different kinds of plants at Pinhey’s Point. Learn how to find out which are useful or unsafe. Find some you can eat!
  • Bug Hunt: Students will learn how to spot different bugs and how they are important.
  • Learn to Churn: Explore how pioneer children used to make milk and butter for their families. Students get to taste their own ice cream and butter.

Book a program

Phone 613-832-4347 May through June and 613-247-4830 x225 September to April to book your program. The Education and Interpretation Programs Officer will contact you to arrange your visit. Faxed or emailed confirmation will verify your booking.

Pre-booking is required for all group visits. The Education and Interpretation Programs Officer can assist you in planning the details of your visit.

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.

Eating

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.

Venue Rentals

Take advantage of the stunning views 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 make this one of the most unique rental locations in Ottawa.

Weddings and Special Events

Your guests will enjoy a truly romantic setting while making use modern amenities at this site, which was a family residence for 150 years.  Historic ruins and breathtaking views of the Ottawa River set the perfect backdrop to capture the memories of your special day. Choose your own caterer to make sure your event is exactly how you’ve always dreamed it would be.

Corporate Meetings and Retreats

Only 40 minutes from downtown Ottawa, Pinhey's Point Historic Site offers a truly relaxing atmosphere for your next corporate event. A lovely, spacious outdoor setting overlooking the Ottawa River is the perfect location for meetings, BBQs, picnics, and team building exercises that will inspire new ideas and rejuvenate the mind.

Birthday Parties

Birthday boys and girls can have a blast from the past when they host their birthday party at Pinhey’s Point. The site estate has plenty of green space to run around and several indoor and outdoor spaces ideal for celebrating in a fun and safe environment. Parents can plan their own activities, or work with our team to incorporate some of the museum’s favourite kids programs into their celebration.

Amenities for Rentals Include

  • Large marquee tent (30’x50’) for up to 150 guests
  • Tables and chairs for up to 100 guests
  • Staff to help facilitate set-up and take-down of your event
  • Use of the grounds immediately surrounding the Pinhey’s Point house
  • Free parking

Due to the historic nature of the house, there is unfortunately no interior rental space available at Pinhey’s Point Historic Site. Kitchen facilities are unavailable. However, outside catering services are welcome.

The grounds immediately surrounding the Pinhey’s Point house are available for public rental use. Rental of this space includes exclusive use of a 30’ x 50’ tent. Other areas on site may also be available for rental upon inquiry.

You can book your outdoor special event up to 18 months in advance, and your indoor events can be booked up to 6 months in advance.

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 at museums@ottawa.ca, or call 613-247-4830 extension 221 for a tour of our facility and to receive a full rental information package and application form.

Accessibility

Work with us to shape your experience. Contact the museum before your visit to discuss your needs. Information about accessibility at the facility, programs, and services is available upon request.

Parking

  • 2 designated parking spaces
  • Accessible path of travel from the parking lot to entrance
  • 110 metres from parking space to the door

Entrance/Exit

  • 1 accessible entrance
  • Ramp
  • Wide door for wheelchair passage
  • Must pass through one room before reaching lobby

Interior 

  • Wheelchair available for patrons

Reception desks

  • Floor area for manoeuvring a wheelchair

Floor Surfaces

  • Most floors are hardwood
  • Low pile carpet

Signage

  • Directional signs
  • High contrast signage

Washrooms

  • Accessible washroom on 1st floor and exterior
  • Lowered drinking fountains

Telephone

  • Volume control
  • Accessible path

Stairs

  • Continuous hand rails

Museums/Galleries/Archives

  • 88-acre site is only partially wheelchair accessible.  Barriers include surface (grass, rock, agricultural field, etc) and grade
  • Interpretative labels/panels in large font

 Learn more about special needs and accessible services.