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Welcome to the Stanhope Heritage Museum

The Stanhope Museum, located in the Haliburton Highlands of Ontario, is home to more than 140 years of records and artifacts. This Ontario museum specializes in local pioneer history and is home to the historic Hawk Lake Log Chute. Hawk Lake Log Chute is the only remaining log chute of its kind in Ontario. The log chute has been painstakingly repaired and reconstructed.

The Stanhope Museum is one of Ontario's smaller museums but it has one of the largest archives of Ontario pioneer history and records. The museum is only a two hour drive from Toronto just north of the town of Minden in the scenic Haliburton Highlands of Ontario.


Lots of stuff to touch, see, do & buy! Something for everyone!

Come see local folks demonstrate historic arts, crafts and trades such as maple syrup making, fish fly tying, making musical instruments, pottery, basketry, hand woodworking, spinning, weaving, quilting, rug hooking, soap making, fur handling and more. See displays of antique and vintage cameras, cars, chainsaws, dolls & snowmobiles.

Check out the bee observation box, the unique live Haliburton Gold lake trout, an antique printing press in action. Bring your old camera and find out what it’s worth.

Learn local history from artists, authors, the genealogy society and the portable library. Take a tour of our Stanhope Museum.

Kids can touch farm animals, try their hands at tinsmithing and pottery, play traditional games, and have their faces painted. Don’t miss the Speaking of Wildlife demonstration at 11 am.

Many items for sale including local farm produce, our award winning citron marmalade, heritage seeds and garden gifts.

Enjoy Gord Kidd’s music throughout the day, the Celtic Slow Jam at noon, a BBQ lunch, goodies from the bake sale table (but get there early) and sample a garlic scape.

Wander through the past from 9 to 3 at the Stanhope Museum grounds, 1123 North Shore Rd, just east of Hwy 35 north of Carnarvon.

All for just $2; kids 5 & under free. Lots of off-road parking.

For more information, check out the Event Guide and Poster, or email info@stanhopemuseum.on.ca.


"NEW" Watch Restoration Video of Hawk Lake Log Chute

Hours | Mid-June through Mid-September
  • SundayClosed
  • MondayClosed
  • Tuesday11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Wednesday11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Thursday11:00am - 2:00pm
  • FridayClosed
  • Saturday11:00am - 2:00pm
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