Recreation Programs

Haldimand Museums Commemorate Remembrance Day With Exhibits, Events And More

All 3 Haldimand County museums will be commemorating Remembrance Day with exhibits, events and celebrations.

November 4 – Wilson MacDonald Memorial School Museum – Exhibits and Selkirk
Remembrance Day Observance activities
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

On November 4, 2 exhibits from Wilson MacDonald Memorial School Museum –
Selkirk Home Heroes & We Will Remember Them – will be available for viewing
at Selkirk Centennial Hall as part of Selkirk’s Remembrance Day Observance
activities. Selkirk’s Remembrance Day Parade will begin at the Selkirk Fire Hall
at 11:30 a.m. and proceed to the Memorial Gates at Selkirk Park for a
ceremonial service and wreath laying (12:15 p.m.). Following the ceremony,
attendees are encouraged to visit Selkirk Centennial Hall to view the museum
exhibits and enjoy a free soup luncheon hosted by the Selkirk Lions.

November 7 – Haldimand County Museum & Archives – Tea & Talk: End of the Great War
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

On November 7, Haldimand County Museum & Archives is presenting a World
War I-themed Tea & Talk. Attendees will be treated to tea, homemade sweets
and learn about Haldimand’s military past. Museum curator Karen Richardson
will explore Haldimand’s wartime connections and what it was like for local
soldiers in the trenches. This program costs $10/person and pre-registration is
required. Registration may be completed by calling/visiting any County office or
online through LeisureLink (program code 6286).

November 8 – Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre – Annual Harvest Lunch
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Edinburgh Square Heritage and Cultural Centre will present its annual Harvest
Lunch and Talk on Thursday, November 8. This year’s event will feature guest
speaker Marilynn Havelka (CAO, Ruthven Park National Historic Site) and a
preview of the museum’s newest exhibit, We Will Remember Them a
photographic tribute honoring Haldimand residents who served. This program
costs $15/person and pre-registration is required. Registration may be
completed by calling/visiting any County office or online through Leisure Link
(program code 6445).

2018 Uniquely Haldimand Photo Contest Now Accepting Submissions

Haldimand County invites residents and visitors to submit their photos of Haldimand’s beautiful environment, architecture and vibrant community life in the Uniquely Haldimand photo contest. Now in its 6th year, the contest is open to both amateur and professional photographers and features some great prizes.

With 87km of gorgeous Lake Erie waterfront, the Grand River, sprawling countryside and charming towns, Haldimand County is one of the most picturesque destinations on Ontario’s southwest coast. Its abundance of outdoor recreation options, scenic lookouts, community events, historic sites and culinary experiences make it an incredible place to live, explore and photograph.

Photos eligible for entry must depict a scene from within the boundaries of Haldimand County. They must be original, digital high resolution photos no more than two years old and not previously published. Participants may submit their photos via the online submission portal, accessible at Photos must be submitted by Saturday, December 1 and comply with all rules and regulations.

A panel of judges comprised of both County staff, community figures & local photographers will closely examine all submissions in December. Four winners will be announced prior to the end of 2018 with 1 Grand Prize, 1 Second Prize and 2 Honorable Mentions awarded. Prizes include gift certificates for unique culinary experiences, Haldimand County souvenirs and more. Winning photographs will be featured in an exhibit within Haldimand County Museum & Archives, and displayed permanently on the County website.

Haldimand Museum Announces ‘Haunted’ October Event Schedule

Haldimand Museum & Archives will be hosting three ‘spooky’ programs and events in the weeks leading up to Halloween. A haunted walking tour, lecture on famous gothic novelist Bram Stoker and an exploration of Haldimand’s most haunted places will be offered. All events run from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Haldimand County Museums & Archives in Cayuga (8 Echo Street).

October 17 – Heritage Series: Bram Stoker  

At this installment of the museum’s Heritage Series, attendees will learn all about Bram Stoker, the Irish author best known for his Gothic tale Dracula (1897). As a young student he became interested in theatre and began his career as a theatre critic for the Dublin Evening Mail. Stoker also wrote short stories and several other novels including The Primrose Path (1875), The Snakes Pass (1890) and others. Pre-registration is required for this program; the cost is $5/person (registration code: 6283). Light refreshments will be served.

October 24 – Walking Tour of Cayuga: Ghostly Tales

Join museum staff for a stroll around Cayuga’s most ghostly haunts with stories of murder, mayhem and ghost sightings. The Cayuga Courthouse was the site of several hangings (including members of the infamous Townsend Gang), two of whom are buried in the jail yard.  Discover what curse was put on Cayuga by a wrongly accused person and other spooky facts. Pre-registration is required for this program; the cost is $10/person (registration code: 6284). Light refreshments will be served.

October 31 – Halloween Tea & Talk

At this talk, museum staff will highlight some of the Grand River’s most chilling ghost stories and haunted places. Fresh scones, raspberry jam and other sweet treats will be served. Pre-registration is required for this event; the cost is $10/person (registration code: 6285).

For more information on museum programs and events, contact the museum at 905-772-5880 or email

Golden Age Of Radio Exhibit Opening At Haldimand Museum & Archives

Haldimand County Museum & Archives is celebrating the history of radio with its latest exhibit, The Golden Age of Radio opening on October 3, 2018 at 1 pm.

The exhibit opening will kick off with a talk on the exhibit led by museum curator Karen Richardson. Special guest Peter Jaycock, morning host on 92.9 The Grand FM, will be on hand to guide visitors through the process of making commercials through hands-on participation.  Peter will also give participants the opportunity to do a live, on-air promotion.

The Golden Age of Radio exhibit takes a nostalgic look at radio’s golden age; it will feature a number of artifacts from the museum’s collection as well as special displays created in partnership with Mohawk College’s Entertainment Business class.

The invention of the radio is largely credited to Guglielmo Marconi who, in 1894, began to develop the theory of a wireless telegraph system based on the use of Hertzian waves (radio waves). In 1897, Marconi established the first radio station on the Isle of Wright.

Commercial radio broadcasting began in the early 1920s and lasted until the 1950s. Entertainment programs including radio plays, mystery serials, soap operas, quiz shows, talent shows, variety hours, situation comedies, play-by-play sports, children’s shows, cooking shows and up to the minute news.

Admission to the museum is by donation, and complementary refreshments will be served at the exhibit opening on October 3. The exhibit will be open to the public until December 17, 2018.

For more information on museum exhibits and programming, contact the museum at 905-772-5880 or email Karen Richardson, museum curator at