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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.


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)

Mailing address

2100 Cabot Street
Ottawa, Ontario, K1H 6K1


The museum is now closed for the season. The park is open year-round. Special programming is also offered throughout the year. Times may vary for special events and programs.

Please see our Upcoming Events and Programs listing below, subscribe to our monthly "At your museum" eNewsletter, or follow us on Facebook for information on special programs and events over the winter months.

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 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

Mix it up! – Winter Weaving

March 11 to March 15
Ages 7 – 12
Various locations

Join us at your local Ottawa Public Library branch for some March Break fun! Discover how fabric was created by spinning different fibres and weaving them together into cloth. Mix and match cloth and yarn to make your own miniature blanket to cuddle up with at home!

For more information and to register, visit the “Programs and Events” page on the Ottawa Public Library website and search “Pinhey’s Point Historic Site”. Registration opens on Wednesday, February 13 at 10 am.

Note: This program will be delivered in English with bilingual staff (English/French) available to assist.

Monday, March 11

  • Rosemount branch (2:00 pm)

Tuesday, March 12

  • North Gloucester branch (2:00 pm)

Wednesday, March 13

  • Osgoode branch (2:00 pm)

Thursday, March 14

  • Alta Vista branch (2:00 pm)

Friday, March 15

  • Hazeldean branch (2:00 pm)

Snowshoeing under the stars

Saturdays, February 2, 9, and 16 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Ages: 16 and up
Cost: $10.75 per person

Explore beautiful Pinhey’s Point on a guided snow shoe hike under the starry night sky. Each session will be informed by a historical theme and end with some delicious hot cocoa by an open fire.

Registration is required. A minimum of 5 registered participants is required for a session to run. Please use the barcode below to register for your desired date using Service Ottawa’s online registration system. If you do not have a family account, please create one before registering.


February 2 - Horaceville at winter (1472743)
*Registration is now full

February 9 - Winter survival (1472744)
*Registration is now full

February 16 - Horaceville at winter (1472745)
*Registration is now full

Note: Please check the forecast and dress for weather conditions. This activity is appropriate for all skill levels; snowshoes are provided. Interpretation will be delivered in English with bilingual (English/French) staff available to assist.

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 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.

Our volunteers

The City of Ottawa Museums are committed to offering residents meaningful and rewarding volunteer experiences.

Heritage volunteers play an invaluable role in preserving our unique heritage and in providing museum visitors of all ages with opportunities to appreciate our shared story.

Thank you to all our volunteer team members for their continued support.

To enquire about volunteering, please contact

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, or call 613-580-9638 ext. 17900 for a tour of our facility and to receive a full rental information package and application form.


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.


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


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


  • Wheelchair available for patrons

Reception desks

  • Floor area for manoeuvring a wheelchair

Floor Surfaces

  • Most floors are hardwood
  • Low pile carpet


  • Directional signs
  • High contrast signage


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


  • Volume control
  • Accessible path


  • Continuous hand rails


  • 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.