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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 88 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. Wooded areas and areas with tall grasses are also great habitats for ticks. Visit Ottawa Public Health online for more information on preventing tick bites. 

Location and hours

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

Contact us

Tel: 613-832-4347 (May to August)
Tel: 613-580-2088 (September to April)
Email: museums@ottawa.ca

Mailing address

2100 Cabot Street
Ottawa, Ontario, K1H 6K1

Hours

Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm from May 13 through September 2. 
Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm from September 8 to October 28. 
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.

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Upcoming events and programs

Stargazing

Friday, June 15; Saturday, July 14; Saturday, August 11 – 8 pm to 10 pm
*Weather and circumstances permitting
Ages 8 and up

Could you navigate using only familiar landmarks in the night sky? Learn more about early navigation on the Ottawa River and explore the basics of astronomy with a guide from #popscope. This is a truly unique way to experience the natural heritage of Pinhey’s Point! Lantern-lit tours of the manor house are available on request.

Program will be led in English by members of #popscope. Please dress appropriately for weather conditions. We recommend participants bring warmer layers for evening temperatures, bug spray, and a bottle of water. 

Cost: $6.50 adults (ages 15 and up); $5.50 children (ages 8 to 14)

Registration is required. You can register for this program using the City of Ottawa’s online registration system. Enter the program barcode in the box labelled “Search for programs by barcode”. Click “Add” and log in to complete registration. If you do not already have an account, click “Create new family account”.

June 15

Barcode: 1410920 (adults); 1410922 (children)
The registration deadline is Wednesday, June 13. 

July 14

Barcode: 1410921 (adults); 1410923 (children)
The registration deadline is Thursday, July 12. 

August 11

Barcode: 1410985 (adults); 1410986 (children)
The registration deadline is Thursday, August 9. 

Settler Survival

Sunday, June 17 – 10 am to 4 pm

Join us for some family fun this Father’s Day! Do you have what it takes to survive the ‘Ottawa Trail’?. Take up the challenge, gather your provisions, and navigate scenarios that will recreate some of the historical challenges and turns of fortune faced by early settlers like Hamnett Pinhey as they made their new homes in the Ottawa region.

Cost:  $6.50 single; $10.75 pair; $17.25 family

Full Moon Yoga

Thursday, June 28; Friday, July 27; Sunday, August 26 – 8 pm to 10 pm
Ages 15 and up

Bring your yoga mat and experience the beauty of Pinhey’s Point under the stars. Unwind and watch the full moon rise over the horizon as you are led through a yoga routine by an experienced instructor. After the session, enjoy a lantern-lit tour of the manor house.

Program will be led in English by Tanya Kirkbride from Mountain Goat Yoga. Please dress appropriately for weather conditions. We recommend participants bring warmer layers for evening temperatures, bug spray, and a bottle of water.

Cost: $16

Registration is required. You can register for this program using the City of Ottawa’s online registration system. Enter the program barcode in the box labelled “Search for programs by barcode”. Click “Add” and log in to complete registration. If you do not already have an account, click “Create new family account”.

June 28

Barcode: 1410983

July 27

Barcode: 1410984

August 26

Barcode: 1411020

Canada Day

Sunday, July 1 – 10 am to 4 pm

Enjoy Canada Day along the Ottawa River with traditional activities that would have been commonplace in the era of Confederation and the echoes of which you can still see in our modern day celebrations. Challenge your friends and family to lawn games, including tug-of-war, or a classic board game like snakes and ladders. Guided tours of the manor house led by costumed interpreters will be available.

Cost: By donation

Can You Dig It?

Friday, July 6 – 10:30 am to 4 pm
Ages 7 to 12

Did you know Pinhey’s Point is an active archeological site? There is still much to survey, excavate, and discover! This interactive children’s program will introduce participants to archeology. They’ll explore actual archeological digs, learn about handling uncovered items, and get their hands dirty in a practice excavation pit.

Cost: $6.50 per child

This is a drop-in style program; pre-registration is not required.

Tall Tales

Friday, July 13 – 7 pm to 9 pm

You’re invited to join us around the campfire for an evening of tall tales. Our live storyteller will delight you with exciting tales from history (with a few embellishments of course!) as you enjoy a form of entertainment that has been popular across the ages. Snacks and cider will be served. Tours of the manor house will be offered. 

Cost: $10.65 adults; $5.50 children (ages 8 to 14)

Barcode: 1410987 (adults); 1410988 (children)

Registration is required. You can register for this program using the City of Ottawa’s online registration system. Enter the program barcode in the box labelled “Search for programs by barcode”. Click “Add” and log in to complete registration. If you do not already have an account, click “Create new family account”.

Heritage Trades

Friday July 13; July 20; August 3; August 17; August 31 – 10:30 am to 4 pm
Ages 7 – 12

Early settlers needed a wide-range of skills to make their homes in the Ottawa region. Many of these trades are no longer common knowledge but we’re giving them our best shot in this hands-on children’s program. Each program date will explore a different theme.

Cost: $6.50 per child

This is a drop-in style program; pre-registration is not required.

July 13 – Carpentry

How did carpenters help build the house that’s still standing at Pinhey’s Point? What tools would they have used? Make your own wooden boat to take home.

July 20 – Weaving

Discover traditional methods for dyeing cloth, how rag rugs were made on looms, and make your very own miniature rag rug using felt.

August 3 – Pottery

Examine archeological finds and pottery shards to learn how pottery was made and decorated. Visit the kitchen to discover how food-safe pottery was baked. Create your own pot from clay.

August 17 – Magic Lantern

Toys have always been a part of daily life. Are there similarities between how kids played in the past and how we have fun now? See the museum’s ‘Magic Lantern’ and build your own version of this toy projector and slides.

August 31 – Printing

The invention of the printing press had a significant impact on society. What tools were used in printing? Try your own hand at a traditional printing method.

Seasonal Programming

Decoding Semaphores

Sunday, May 20, June 10, July 8 and August 5 – 1 pm to 4 pm

Try your skills at sending and decoding messages using flag semaphore! The way we communicate has changed a lot over the years and it wasn’t always so easy to send important messages quickly over a distance. We’ll learn about how communication systems have evolved and teach you the basics you need to communicate with your friends and family using signal flags.

Cost: By donation

Your Inner Engineer: Power of Steam

Sunday, June 24, July 29 and August 26 – 1 pm to 4 pm

Let our latest exhibition, From Paddlewheels to Railways, inspire you to discover how a steam engine works. Interact with a miniature model to better understand how steam generates pressure. Learn how steam powered everything from trains to factories as you work with gears. Perfect for curious minds of all ages. Be make this activity part of your visit to Pinhey’s Point!

Cost: By donation

Your Inner Engineer: Bridge Building

Sunday, July 15, and August 19 – 1 pm to 4 pm

Inspired by our latest exhibition, From Paddlewheels to Railways, put your engineering skills to work as you build a model bridge and test its strength. Learn more about the rise of rail and the shift from travel on the river to travel across land. This interactive program will be offered throughout the afternoon. Make sure to drop by during your visit!

Cost: By donation

Model Paddle Boats

Sunday, July 22 and September 2 – 1 pm to 4 pm

Explore how paddle boats were used to move people and cargo across long distances. Learn the basics behind how the paddles propelled the crafts forward. Build your own model paddle boat and give it a try!

Cost: By donation

History Hikes

Sundays from May 20 to September 2 – 10 am to 12 pm*

Are you planning to spend some time exploring the scenic parkland, shoreline, and farmers’ fields at Pinhey’s Point? Complement your visit with a short introduction (approximately 30 minutes) to the natural heritage of the area. Every week we’ll touch on a different theme that will enhance your experience at our site. Find us on the waterfront near the dock.

*Weather and schedule permitting

Cost: By donation

Guided Tours

Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from May 23 to August 30 – 10 am to 4 pm

Guided tours are available on request. Make the most of your visit to our beautiful grounds as you learn more about the history of this striking manor house, the Pinhey family, and our surrounding natural heritage space.

Cost: By donation

Seed to Savour

Saturdays from June 9 to August 18 – 10 am to 4 pm

Learn more about how food was produced during early years at Horaceville. Each Saturday we’ll focus on different seasonal produce, historical recipes, period-appropriate cooking and preservation methods, and more. You can even get your hands dirty in our heritage garden as our interpreters provide information while weeding, planting, and harvesting according to the season!

Cost: By donation

Food and Drink

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.

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 exciting programs which includes a brief tour of the museum for students from kindergarten to grade 7. The museum can work with teachers to develop curriculum programs and meet special needs.

Hours: Book visits Wednesday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm in June 2017.

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 45 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.

Book a program

Phone 613-832-4347 May through June and 613-580-2088 ext. 35253 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.

Exhibitions and Artefact Collections

The artefact collection and permanent exhibitions at Pinhey’s Point are the accomplishments of the Pinhey’s Point Foundation, and provide historical context to your visit.

Temporary exhibitions

City in Motion: From Paddlewheels to Railways

Opening May 13

Railways helped shape Ottawa’s urban geography but did you know that before railway transportation became the norm many of this region’s riverside communities prospered as steamboat landings? From Paddlewheels to Railways interprets the history of these important lifelines for farmers, merchants, and travellers alike. 

City in Motion explores all the ways Ottawa residents have travelled from point A to point B. Learn more about the region’s transportation history by visiting all four City in Motion exhibitions, each one expanding on a different theme. City in Motion is on display at Pinhey’s Point Historic Site, Billings Estate National Historic Site, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, and Nepean Museum.

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 613-580-9638 ext. 17900 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.