Stanhope Heritage Discovery Museum

Stanhope Heritage Discovery Museum

SMALL on size but BIG on heritage
Managed and operated by volunteers.

1123 North Shore Road
Between Carnarvon and Halls Lake
5 minute drive from us here at the Resort


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Visit the Stanhope Heritage Museum

The Stanhope Museum residing in the Haliburton Highlands of Ontario is home to a lot more than 140 years of records, knowledge and artifacts. This Ontario museum specializes in local pioneer history and is home to the historical Hawk Lake Log Chute. Hawk Lake Log Chute is the only remaining log chute of its kind in Ontario. The log chute has been painstakingly repaired and reconstructed to original design as much as possible.

The Stanhope Museum is one of Ontario’s smaller museums but it has one of the biggest archives of Ontario pioneer history and records. The museum is only a two hour drive from Toronto just north of the town of Minden in the scenic Haliburton Highlands of Ontario. Just north of Halls Lake on highway #35.

Heritage Gardens

The idea of the Stanhope Heritage Garden came to fruition in February 2001. The Heritage Garden consists of plants of historic interest to Stanhope Township. Some plants are native to this region and settlers have brought others in over the years.

The garden pays homage to the pioneers who adapted their farming and gardening expertise to this local climate at the height of settlement in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The Heritage Garden consists for four different sections:
The Perennial Garden
The Herb Garden
The Trees
The Vegetable Garden.

It truly is a consistent work in process and they welcome local and tourist visits throughout the flowering season to enjoy the latest blooms.

Hawk Lake Log Chute

A log chute is actually a man-made trough that was accustomed to carry logs over rough river landscape to a sawmill. The log chute was developed in Canada in 1829 to circumnavigate the Chaudière Falls in Quebec.

In the late 1800s there have been thousands of wooden chutes within the province of Ontario and dozens in the county of Haliburton, but they’re mostly all gone now.

There’s been a log chute on this site since 1861 and this Hawk Lake Log Chute is now the only one of its kind in Ontario.

For more information see our blog post on the Hawk Lake Log Chute

Hours and Admission


Open seasonally mid-June through mid-October
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
11 am to 2 pm
Open year round online or via email

Admission By donation


From the intersection of Highways  #118 and #35 in the hamlet of Carnarvon, go north on Highway #35 about 5 km to North Shore Rd. and 1 km along North Shore Rd. The museum is on your left.

See Map and lookup Museum

1123 North Shore Rd
Algonquin Highlands, Ontario
K0M 1J1

Email Them –

Tel: 705-489-2379

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Enjoy your vacations in the Haliburton Highlands with plenty of things to do for the whole family.


Other Museums in the area to enjoy and collect a little history

Haliburton Highlands Museum

The Dorset Heritage Museum

Wilberforce Red Cross Outpost Museum

Minden Hills Museum


About The Author


Country life was always a factor when we looked for a place to live, so back in 2002 Heather and I quit our city jobs and purchased a small Country Resort on Halls Lake in the Haliburton Highlands of Ontario Canada. We live on the resort grounds and enjoying helping people with their all season vacation and Family Reunion planning. Our Blog supports resort guests and visitors to the area by letting them know all the things happening in the Haliburton Highlands in order to get the most out of their vacation or weekend getaway. We'll be happy to help you find what your looking for in the Haliburton Highlands. May it be things to do, places to eat, family activities, sites to see, cottages for rent or sale, almost anything to do with the Haliburton Highlands.


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