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.

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:

  • May 23, 2020

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

Upcoming Events


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 →


Introduction to Blacksmithing Workshop (April 2020)

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). … Read More →

Farm Camp 2020

While we expect our season to look quite a bit different this year, we are continuing with plans to offer two Farm Camps this summer. The first will be held the week of July 20-24 and the second, August 17-21. Both will be limited to children ages 6-10. 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. … Read More →

We are accepting Summer applications for the 2020 Season!

Our employment opportunities page has been updated with all current positions for the 2020 season. The Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society is an equal opportunity employer. Anyone meeting the outlined requirements is invited to apply. Please be aware that all Museum positions are subject to funding. Read More →

Attention Auction Supporters

To all of our faithful supporters and followers, the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society has made the decision to cancel our spring Dinner and Auction scheduled for April 4th. We shall be reaching out to our corporate sponsors, item donors and guests in the coming days. Thank you for all of the support which has been shown to date and for the enormous efforts which have gone into the planning of this special event by our auction committee volunteers. 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 →