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.


Upcoming Events


Blacksmithing Workshop (December)

Join us at the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum for a one day “Introduction to Blacksmithing”. The workshop takes place inside our historic Blacksmith Shop, a working shop developed within one of the site’s original heritage barns. The workshop gets underway at 9am. You’ll start with a brief presentation by the Blacksmith (fresh coffee provided!) on the process of blacksmithing and the role of the Blacksmith in the community. Once you’ve completed the presentation you will head to the forge where, under the instruction and guidance of the Blacksmith, you will create your own project to take home (project has been pre-selected to optimize learning outcomes). This workshop is tailored to adults, 18+ only. There will be a one hour break for lunch; please plan to brown bag it (there are also food services available in very close proximity to the … Read More →


Christmas Carol Service at the Meeting House

You are invited to attend the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society’s annual Christmas Service at The Meeting House! The service will be lead by Rev. Peter Young, with accompaniment provided by Judith Tulloch. Please join us for cookies and hot cider following the service. The service will be held at the Meeting House, 1436 Cole Harbour Road 1436 Cole Harbour Road (the top of Long Hill), on Sunday, December 16th, beginning at 2pm. Extra parking has generously been made available by the Evangel Pentecostal Church (1412 Cole Harbour Road). Read More →

Pickling Party News…

We had a lovely group join us for our Pickling Party this past Saturday! Participants left with a jar of fermented carrots and dilly beans. We are planning to offer more workshops like this one in the future. If you or someone you know have a skill you’d like to share with the community, please contact Emma at hello@coleharbourfarmmuseum.ca  Read More →

The Farm is now closed for the 2018 Season

Another season has come and gone, and we are ready to buckle down and begin planning for next season! Most of the animals have returned home, to their farms. The sheep, however, continue to roam the pastures (though not for much longer – the temperature is dropping quickly!), and the farm will remain home to our chickens and ducks. Although the museum is closed for the season, we do hold several events throughout the Winter. If you would like to stay in the loop of upcoming news and events, sign up for our newsletter. You will find a newsletter signup near the bottom of this page. Read More →

Invitation to speak at The Documentary Heritage Communities Program in Ottawa

We are excited to announce that the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society and Museum has been selected as one of four panelists to speak at The Documentary Heritage Communities Program in Ottawa. Collections Manager, Heather Adams, will represent the museum, presenting on the Rosemary Eaton digitization project. This seminar will also be webcast, and can be accessed here. Read More →

Exhibits Preparator (Student Position)

We have an exciting new seasonal position available through the Young Canada Works program, beginning as soon as possible. The Exhibits Preparator must be enrolled in a full-time program, and will help to assist in the development and assessment of exhibitions at the farm. See our job opportunities page for more details on this position. Applications may be sent to the following e-mail: director@coleharbourfarmmuseum.ca Read More →

Fibre Frolic!

The Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum is pleased to partner with Sisterhood Fibres to deliver the first annual Cole Harbour Fibre Frolic. Admission is free to this family-friendly event. Demonstrations and vendors will be on-site from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Demonstrations will include spinning, weaving, felting and knitting! Vendors will showcase fibre arts, fibre animals and other small farming ventures with a focus on fibre products. If you are interested in participating, please contact the farm. Admission is as always, by donation. Read more about this event here. Read More →