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.

Save the date!  Our Spring Dinner and Auction Fundraiser 2020 will take place on Saturday, April 4 at Brightwood Golf and Country Club.

See the event page for more details!

15th Annual Charity Dinner & Auction Fundraiser

Introduction to Blacksmithing Workshop

One of our most popular offerings, the Introduction to Blacksmithing Workshop will have you spending a day in the forge with our Blacksmith, Kevin Thomas. Learn about the history and art of blacksmithing, and go home with your very own completed project! Click the link below for full details and to register.

Upcoming dates for 2020 are:

  • March 20, 2020 (Sold Out)
  • April 23, 2020 (Registration opens March 2)
  • May 23, 2020

Tickets are $109 each, and are made available through Eventbrite a month prior to the individual workshop.

Upcoming Events


15th Annual Charity Dinner & Auction Fundraiser

Save the date! Our 15th Annual Dinner & Auction Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 4th at the Brightwood Golf and Country Club. This event provides much of the core funds needed to support the upcoming season of the Farm Museum, to: grow our gardens, care for our farm animals, provide learning opportunities for children, and work experience for youth. All in all, helping to make the Farm come to life! It’s a fun evening, including a silent auction, a three-course roast turkey dinner (vegetarian options available upon request), and a live auction of our biggest donation items! Tickets are $50/person and are available at the Farm Museum Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm, or can be purchased through Eventbrite at this Read More →


Fibre Frolic

An extra special day on the Farm!  Come and enjoy a celebration of all things wool and fibre.  The day includes sheep shearing demonstrations, a colourful fibre marketplace, lots of hands-on demonstrations, a children’s discovery area and the Frolic Grill.  We will also have the grand opening of the museum’s new wool and fibre exhibit! Admission by donation. Read More →

Farm Museum named Cultural Hotspot in HRM

A recent blog by Canadian-owned online travel agency FlightNetwork has included the Farm Museum in an eclectic list of cultural hotspots in the Halifax area.  The list includes a variety of galleries, shops, events and museums.  Take a look! As seen in Flightnetwork’s Article – 13 Cultural Hotspots You Must See In Halifax Read More →

Feed the Farm; Enrich the Community

Our seasonal fundraising campaign to care for our animals needs your help! The animal program costs approximately $5000 per season in direct costs for feed, bedding, supplies and transportation, and the Farm receives no direct support toward this.  We must raise it in order to keep it going.  Please visit our Fundrazr page to learn more about specific costs and to give. With the passing of four decades, the role of the Farm Museum has come into sharp focus. Many urban residents know little of farming today and popular food culture has little to do with the family farm. We believe in the importance of keeping farm animals in the public eye so that we may know and value them. We promote optimum quality of life, … Read More →

Farm Camp 2019

Last year, we held our first Farm Day Camp in August, and it was a huge success! So successful, that this year we have decided to hold not one, but TWO camps over the summer! The first will be held the week of July 15th to 19th, 2019, and will be limited to children ages 6 to 8. The second will be held the week of August 12th to 16th, 2019, and will be limited to children ages 9 to 12. Children will have the chance to participate in garden and farm-related activities, arts and crafts, heritage-related activities, games, and even help out with animal care! It’s a fun-filled week, and we are excited to be offering it again this year. The camps will cost $150 per child, and will run from 9am to 4pm each day during their respective weeks. Early drop-off and late pick-up will … Read More →

Crossing Cole Harbour: From Ferry to Dyke then Rail to Trail

The Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society is pleased to announce the launch of its third virtual exhibit for the Virtual Museum of Canada; Crossing Cole Harbour: From Ferry to Dyke then Rail to Trail, a part of the Community Stories Program of the Canadian Museum of History.  This is a massive effort for a small museum and we are very grateful to our collections volunteers for the many hours of work they contributed to help to make this happen. To see the full exhibit visit Crossing Cole Harbour       Read More →

Tearoom Job Opportunities!

The Rose & Kettle Tearoom is hiring! We are looking for four new staff members for the upcoming season: a Kitchen Help/Server position, and three Server positions. The tearoom is an important part of our operation, with all proceeds going to help run the farm. We follow a farm to fork philosophy, with as many menu items as possible made from locally sourced means. The tearoom seats 32 people, contains a gift shop, and is open from May 15th to October 15th. If this sounds interesting to you, head over to our Job Opportunities page to apply! Read More →