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 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 is open seven days a week from May 15 to October 15. Throughout the winter months we are open by appointment for research, resources and enquiries.

Planning for our 13th Annual Dinner & Auction is underway!  This event provides much of the core funds needed to support the upcoming operating season of the Farm Museum; to grow our gardens, to care for our farm animals, to provide learning opportunities for children, work experience for youth – generally to make the Farm come to life.

The auction is run entirely by community volunteers. These volunteers plan the event, collect auction items, sell tickets, seek out corporate sponsorships, and raise approximately $25,000 for the Farm Museum! Would you like to join our auction committee? Do you have an item you wish to contribute? Are you interested in a sponsorship opportunity? Please send us a message or call the Farm Museum at 902-434-0222.

2018 Sponsorships confirmed thus far; thank you!

Gold Sponsorship: BMO Bank of Montreal, Gordon Stirrett Wealth Management, Kent, Micmac Mall, MNP LLP

Silver Sponsorship: Fred M Dunphy Excavating & Contracting Ltd., Halifax Stanfield, MacPhee Ford


Upcoming Events


13th Annual Dinner & Auction Fundraiser

Our 13th Annual Dinner & Auction Fundraiser takes place on Saturday, April 7 at the Brightwood Golf and Country Club. It’s a fun evening which includes a silent auction (5pm to 6:30pm) to start things off, followed by a welcome and remarks by the CHRHS and special guests and a delicious 3-course roast turkey dinner (vegetarian options available upon request). The evening wraps up with the live auctioning of our most unique items! The ticket price (which covers the cost of room rental, meal, HST and gratuity at Brightwood, plus a small contribution to the CHRHS) is $50/person. Tickets are available through the Farm Museum or through Eventbrite If you would like to get involved in the Auction Committee, have an Read More

Farmer for a Day 2017!

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 6th consecutive year this month, September 19 – 21, 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. FacebookTwitter

ChickCam Project

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture, Egg Farmers of Nova Scotia, Chicken Farmers of Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Webcams in a new program for elementary school students; the ChickCam project. Incubation of the eggs started on May 24th. There are two types of eggs in the hatch, the brown eggs are from commercial broiler hens and the white eggs are from egg layer hens. Both should hatch on June 14th as the incubation period for chickens is 21 days. The incubator maintains a steady temperature of 37.5 degrees C. The humidity inside the incubator is held at 60% relative humidity. The eggs sit on the turning grid, which rolls them over once Read More

“Young Canada Works in Heritage” Summer Student Opportunities

The Farm Museum is fortunate to once again partner with Canadian Heritage through the Young Canada Works in Heritage Program in providing valuable museum-related work experience to our future museum workers. See the full job descriptions: Digitization Technician Museum Exhibits Assistant       FacebookTwitter

CHRHS founding member to play a part in Canada’s 150th Birthday Commemorations

The work of the late Rosemary Eaton, lifelong photojournalist, champion of the Cole Harbour saltmarsh and founding member of the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society, will be remembered through a new commemorative $10 bill to be released on June 1, 2017 in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. A photograph of Senator James Gladstone, Canada’s first senator from a treaty first nation, taken by Eaton in 1958, will be included on the bill. Eaton also photographed the original “Owls Bouquet” made by the late Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak, a holographic rendering of which is also included on the bill.   FacebookTwitter

Museum gardens designated a “Canada 150 Garden Experience”

The Farm Museum is the proud recipient of a Canada 150 Garden Experience designation, awarded by the Canadian Garden Council in collaboration with the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association on March 13, 2017 in Ottawa. “In celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial, 150 gardens and garden experiences across the country were jury-selected to receive the Canada 150 Garden Experience designation.” This is an enormous honour for the Museum and is owed entirely to our dedicated garden volunteers and the Dartmouth Horticultural Society who make our gardens the wonderful experience that they are. FacebookTwitter