Welcome To The Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum

The Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum is a community museum dedicated to preserving and interpreting Cole Harbour's agricultural past, and to developing an understanding of plants, animals and farming today. It is owned and operated by the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society, a registered charity which relies heavily on community support, volunteers and donations. ADMISSION IS BY DONATION so plan to come often and reconnect with your rural roots!

The Farm Museum reopens on Sunday, May 15 for the 2016 season! Throughout the winter months we are open by appointment for research, resources and enquiries.


Our 11th Annual Dinner & Auction at Brightwood Golf and Country Club was a huge success!

Thank you so much to all of the donors and businesses who stepped up to support the 2016 season at the Farm Museum.  Special thanks to the team at Scotiabank Westphal for their substantial contribution of time and matching funds and to WestJet for their fabulous flight package. To all of our volunteers who make the event possible – these individuals give up much of their spring for this event – your dedication is remarkable.  And thank you also to the attendees who bid generously on the night.  All of you made the event our most profitable ever!

Our 2016 Corporate Sponsors:




BMO Bank of Montreal

Clayton Developments Ltd.

DirectCash Payments Inc.

Gordon Stirrett Wealth Management

Hot Country 1035

Kent Building Supplies

Mic Mac Mall


WBLI Chartered Accountants


Clearwater Seafoods Ltd.

Fred M Dunphy Excavating and Construction Ltd.

Halifax International Airport Authority

MacPhee Ford

Theriault Financial

Westphal Cole Harbour Firefighters Association

Upcoming Events


Rhubarb Rhapsody

Choice of corn chowder or chili followed by a scrumptious selection of rhubarb desserts made from our own local and in-season rhubarb. Two seatings/Reservations required. Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/rhubarb-rhapsody-the-heritage-farm-tickets-25411468386?aff=website

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Strawberry Social – 2016

Our famous, super-sized strawberry shortcake, fresh local strawberries and real cream served with homemade lemonade and enjoyed in the farmyard. Live musical entertainment. To guarantee your strawberry shortcake you can pre-purchase tickets via eventbrite here. There will also be tickets available at the door on a first-come-first-served basis until we’ve sold out. This is a popular event, we always sell out every year so to avoid disappointment ensure you pre-purchase your tickets!

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2016 Summer Employment Opportunities

All summer employment positions are dependent upon successful government funding and all applicants must have been a full time student in the term immediately preceding the summer and be returning to full time studies in the term immediately following. Built Heritage Technician Exhibit Designer and Fabricator Horticulturalist (Filled) Groundsperson (Awaiting confirmation of funding) Museum Programming Assistant (Awaiting confirmation of funding)

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WestJet gets on board with two round trip tickets anywhere WestJet flies!

We are delighted to announce the support of WestJet for our upcoming Dinner & Auction Fundraiser. WestJet will be donating two round trip tickets anywhere WestJet flies! Raffle tickets on this wonderful prize will soon be available at the Farm Museum and through members of our Auction Committee.

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Scotiabank steps up for the Farm Museum through their Team Scotia Community Program!

The generous employees of Scotiabank Westphal will be teaming up with us at our 11th Annual Dinner and Auction fundraiser on April 23rd. Their contribution, along with helping us to run the event, means potential matching funds of up to $5000 for the museum!

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Councillor Lorelei Nicoll to host Old Fashioned Christmas at the Farm

Join us on Sunday, December 6th from 5:30 to 8pm for an Old Fashioned Christmas at the Farm. The Giles House, Harris House and Blacksmith Shop will be festively decorated and ready to welcome the community for some traditional Christmas fun. Come and watch the blacksmith working at the forge, take part in the family activities including cookie decorating and ornament decorating or step back in time in the historic Giles House, with fire and oil lamps burning, and enjoy carols and stories of Christmas long ago. This event is hosted by District 4 Councillor Lorelei Nicoll and sure to be a great community gathering (and not quite as snowy as this photo!)

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“Farmer for a Day” 2015

Farmer for a Day is a school program delivered by the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture for grade 3 students in the HRM. The Farm Museum will host this 3 day event for the 4th consecutive year in September 2015 , welcoming over 300 students for a very special agricultural experience. Farmer for a Day gives students from elementary schools in Halifax Regional Municipality a chance to explore traditional and modern-day farming through interactive activities and sessions with representatives from the agricultural sector.  

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