Camp Woolsey: Memories of Ottawa’s Girl Guide Camp (opens June 15)

For over 80 years, the Ottawa Girl Guides have made Camp Woolsey their weekend and summer home. Located along the Ottawa River, the camp has witnessed a lifetime of camper memories and adventures, everything from royal visits to trouble with canvas tents. In the spring of 2017, the decision was made to close and sell off all of the Ontario Girl Guide Camps. Come and explore the camp’s history through memorabilia, photos and stories. The camp was named for the Woolsey family, Pinhey descendants, who were founders of Scouting and Guiding in Ottawa. The Pinhey Cottage at the camp is named for Anna Pinhey, a prominent benefactress.

Guest curator: Emma Kent

Black-and-white image of Girl Guide campers sitting on theOttawa riverfront dock at Camp Woolsey, 1940s (Courtesy Camp Woolsey Property Committee)
Girl Guides on the Ottawa riverfront dock at Camp Woolsey, 1940s (Courtesy Camp Woolsey Property Committee)

Mr Pinhey’s Gardens (opens June 15)

Hamnett Pinhey’s farm accounts from 1821 to 1857 provide a unique insight into his gardening practices, and record the presence of several different gardens in which he grew a large variety of fruits and vegetables, intermixing them with flowers. The gardens were large and elaborate. Pinhey tested the limits of the local climate by attempting to grow exotic plants. The gardens are once again in bloom at Horaceville. Come and learn about their beginnings.

Colour bilingual poster for the Pinhey's Point Foundation 2019 / 2020 exhibit at Horaceville titled "Mr Pinhey's Garden's"

Nineteenth-Century Hygiene at Horaceville (opens June 15)

The Foundation remounts highlights from its hygiene exhibit to complement the City’s exhibit on Rural Water.

Treasures of Childhood (opens June 15)

This sampling of toys, games, books and other treasures of children from the Pinhey family and March Township should appeal to the young and young at heart.

Wash on Monday, Iron on Tuesday, … (opens May 12)

Laundry and ironing not your favourite household chore? This display will take you back to a time when there was no electrical power at Horaceville and doing laundry was hard and often dangerous work.

A colour photo of a well-worn wood and metal washboard, trademarked "The Special Globe" made by E.B. Eddy Co. of Hull, Quebec, for scrubbing clothes clean before washing machines came into use. "The Special Globe" (PPF Collections, Gift of Betty Ann Koene)
A well-worn wood and metal washboard for scrubbing clothes clean before washing machines came into use. “The Special Globe” was made by the E.B. Eddy Co. of Hull, Quebec. (PPF Collections, Gift of Betty Ann Koene)

William Henry Bartlett’s Ottawa River (May 12June 14)

W.H. Bartlett was a British artist who toured North America in 1838 preparing sepia sketches as the basis for folio volumes of engraved views for sale to the home market. He viewed the Canadian wilderness through eyes educated in the British picturesque aesthetic. Nonetheless Bartlett’s engravings are probably the best known views of nineteenth-century Canada. Discover what the Pinheys had to say about his view of Horaceville.

The Foundation remounts this popular exhibit to complement the City’s new exhibit exploring the theme of RURAL WATER.


Pinhey’s Point meets the Sixties

Ottawa Resource Collection, Fifth Floor, MacOdrum Library, Carleton University, March 11-August 30

Our exhibit from last year goes on the road to help celebrate the 60th anniversary of the National Capital Commission. The Pinhey property was first on the NCC’s agenda when it turned its attention to heritage conservation in 1959. Its purchase was announced, prematurely, with plans for Centennial restoration and a steamboat to Aylmer.  Explore with us what happened, and what didn’t, as well as the broader story of NCC heritage initiatives up to 1975.



(Admission free. Refreshments will follow lecture.)

Eighty years at Camp Woolsey (Monday July 22, 7 p.m. at Pinhey’s Point Historic Site)

Guest curator Emma Kent, who has been camping at Camp Woolsey since she was four, will welcome Camp Woolsey alumnae and members of the interested public to a guided tour of the exhibition and a sharing of ancecdotes of the Ottawa Girl Guide camp’s long history.

A colour image of Emma Kent, guest speaker at the Pinhey's Point Foundation lecture series at Horaceville, summer 2019 (B.E.)
Emma Kent (B.E.)


Water: A Journey to the Source

Billings Estate, Nepean Museum and Pinhey’s Point, May 12–October 1

Three linked exhibitions explore how Ottawans have obtained, used, abused, and conserved this precious resource.  They take visitors from the frigid depths of the ancient Champlain Sea to the warm baths of Victorian spas and through the inner workings of our modern water treatment plants.  Stories of whales and well diggers, water witches and waterworks engineers join never-before-seen artifacts to tell the cultural and social history of water in our city and region.

The module at Pinhey’s Point explores RURAL WATER.

To view the Foundation’s current exhibits and events: Current

To view our other past exhibits and events: Exhibit/Event Archive