Welcome & Bienvenue!
Welcome to the Callander Bay Heritage Museum, situated in the former home and practice of Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe, Physician to the Dionne Quintuplets!
When you visit the museum, you will be greeted by friendly and knowledgeable staff. The staff will give you a brief introduction to the museum, and then send you on your way to explore all the wonderful rooms of artifacts. While exploring the museum, we ask that you not touch the artifacts or take flash photography. The staff will be happy to answer any of your questions and, if you like, provide you with a Tour Companion which will provide you with further information and points of interest in the collection.
We exhibit with the purpose of helping people understand, study, educate and enjoy the experience of the past. Please explore what the museum has to offer by using the many links in the sidebar at left! For Museum Hours, Contact Information, Admissions, Staff and Future Events, please see below.
Hours of Operation
|May – August:||10:00 am – 5:00 pm. (Closed on Mondays)|
|September – April:||10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Thursday – Saturday|
Note: The Museum and Gallery are generally closed from Christmas until mid January every year.
107 Lansdowne St. East
P.O. Box 100
Phone: (705) 752-2282 ( Extensions #500 – Curator, #501 – Assistant )
Fax: (705) 752-3116
Museum entry fees are as follows:
- Adults $5.50
- Seniors $5.00
- Students (6-12 yrs.) $4.50
- Family of (4) $15.00
- Group Rates (15+) $3.50 per person
All admissions include H.S.T. (13%) in the stated price. We accept cash or cheque only at this time. The Alex Dufresne Gallery is by Donation only.
Carol Pretty - Curator < firstname.lastname@example.org > Ext. #500
Deryk Hagar - Curator’s Assistant < email@example.com > Ext. #501
Natasha Wiatr - Curator’s Assistant Intern < firstname.lastname@example.org > Ext. #502
J.B. Smith Portrait Painting Fundraiser
The Callander Bay Heritage Museum was recently acknowledged in the North Bay Nugget. Jennifer Hamilton – McCharles wrote an article about our large J.B. Smith portrait painting, and our initiative to have it cleaned and restored. The painting dates prior to 1894 (the year of J.B. Smith’s death), and has become quite dirty and slightly damaged in several spots.
The museum’s mandate is to conserve artifacts that are of major significance to the history of Callander. Our J.B. Smith painting is one such artifact, as the J. B. Smith and Sons Lumber Company was the largest employer in Callander’s history, and was the economic driver of our area for many decades.
Since the Museum has received so much support and favourable responses from the community regarding this initiative, we thought that those who wish to offer financial donations for the restoration of the painting are welcomed to do so directly to the museum. Donations made are recognized as charitable donations, and the receipts issued can be used for tax deductions.
The Museum is now operating on our summer schedule, and is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (we’re closed Mondays). If you wish to support this project, we’d greatly appreciate it! You would be contributing to Callander’s unique and local history, and preserving it for future generations.
The Alex Dufresne Art Gallery
The Alex Dufresne Art Gallery is partnered with the Callander Bay Heritage Museum. The Gallery is situated behind the Museum building.
Both the Museum and Gallery share a common entrance, and feature a small book and gift shop in the main office.
Current exhibitions at the Alex Dufresne Gallery can be found <here>!