Welcome to the Champlain Trail Museum and Pioneer Village
Take a trip back in time as you stroll through our museum and pioneer village. With one of the largest collections of Ottawa Valley artifacts, the Upper Ottawa Valley Heritage Centre is truly a must-see!
Due to a shortage of staff, the museum will be closed today, Friday, September 22, 2023. We will re-open on Tuesday, September 26. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
In the main gallery or Founders Hall, discover a replica of Samuel de Champlain’s astrolabe and explore Pembroke at the turn of the century as you wander through a Victorian home and take a peek into an early doctor’s office. Stroll past Pembroke’s first motorized fire engine (1923), a re-creation of Lemke’s general store and a 1930's barber shop and beauty parlour. Discover the story of the timber industry in the Upper Ottawa Valley as you view an authentic Cockburn pointer boat and learn about the life of a log driver. Pass by a large steam engine that once powered a lumber mill in Pembroke. View special historical theme exhibits in the main gallery as well!
Outside in our pioneer village, learn about life through the eyes of a pioneer in this area. Enjoying viewing "The Pioneers of Pembroke Township 1820-1850" mural on the side of the main Museum building. This mural was painted in 2008 by artist Karole Marois and depicts the early life of settlers in this area. This mural is part of a large collection owned by Pembroke Heritage Murals.
Enjoy a guided tour through Pembroke’s Lowertown schoolhouse (1838), our restored pioneer home and the Micksburg United Church (1879). Then take your time strolling through the rest of the grounds discovering our blacksmith shop, woodworking shop and various farm equipment buildings. After your visit to the Museum why not check out other Museums and attractions in the City of Pembroke and in the Renfrew County Museums Network. Also, if you are interested in going on a historic walking tour of Pembroke, Pembroke Historical Tours has several tours available!
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