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P.O. Box 337, 17 George St.
Parry Sound, Ontario, P2A 2X4 
Phone: 705-746-5365
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The E. Roy Smith Gallery is currently closed.

The E. Roy Smith Gallery, normally the home of our permanent or long-running exhibitions, has been shut down so that the Gallery can be updated. This October the Museum will begin installing a working model of the Ottawa, Arnprior & Parry Sound Railway. The opening of the permanent gallery has not yet been set, but we anticipate reopening it in 2020. Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for understanding!

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Staff and volunteers have been hard at work in the E Roy Smith Gallery. The Barn is officially down and has been moved out of the Gallery into storage.

A big thank you to Merrill, Joanne, Ellen, Roger, Gord, Barb, Quinlan, Doug and Daryl for making this happen!


The Museum has successfully completed the first stage of our planned fall 2019 renovation of the E. Roy Smith Gallery; moving the Mackinaw boat. Watch the video below to see how we did it. Thank you to the staff of Glenn Burney Marina who made the move possible.


Now On Display...

Start Date:
Feb 20/2020
Avro Arrow: A Dream Denied

End Date:
Mar 29/2020

Explore the Avro Arrow: A Dream Denied Exhibition!

The story of the Avro Arrow is well-known, and a tribute to what could have been for Canada’s aerospace industry. The supersonic jet was designed to intercept missiles but the project was eventually cancelled on February 20, 1959.

On April 18, 1958, Jan Zurakowski took RL-201 on its seventh flight. He flew over Tobermory then back towards Peterborough and Kingston. The aircraft reached a height of 50,000 feet and speed of mach 1.52 (approximately 1000 miles or 1,600 km per hour). The Royal Canadian Air Force did not release any more data on the test program after that flight, but engineers noted that the plane was still climbing and still accelerating. Fitted with Iroquois engines, the Arrow would undoubtedly have broken speed records.

Nobody ever admitted to giving the order to destroy everything related to the Arrow and Iroquois projects. The impact of its cancellation on both the social and economic life of the factory towns that aided in its construction, such as Nobel and Malton, was devestating . Over 200 employees worked testing Orenda engine parts that were to be used in the Arrow, but on that somber Friday afternoon, the facility closed and all production stopped. The destruction of the planes, parts, drawings, documents and photographs was carried out quickly, but many items survived. Some people kept their tools as souvenirs, some kept Arrow and Iroquois parts or drawings but many left on Black Friday with only their memories.

Collecting A Communities History

The Museum is gathering oral history on the Avro Arrow, Orenda Engines and the people who worked there.

Did you work at the Orenda Engines facility in Nobel? Do you have a family member who worked on the Avro Arrow project? Can you remember when the project was cancelled? We want to hear your stories!

If you would like to share your memories, stories or a family history please email Karen Albrecht at If you are unsure where to begin, we have provided a list of starter questions below. Please feel free to answer any of the following questions. However, you may also send us an email with any story, experience or memory.

1. What connects you with the Avro Arrow?

2. How did you learn about the Avro Arrow project cancellation?

3. Do you have a family member who worked at Orenda Engines in Nobel?

4. Did you work for Orenda Engines? What was your job?

5. Do you have any photographs of the Orenda Engines facility?

6. Can you remember the “Avro News” magazines that were published for the community of Nobel?

7. What was life like in the community of Nobel?

8. Can you remember any accidents that happened at the Orenda facility?

9. What accidents occurred at Orenda Engines during the Avro Arrow project?

10. What can you remember about the Orenda Engines facility closure in Nobel?

11. Where were you on February 20, 1959, also known as “Black Friday”?


We look forward to hearing from you!








Start Date:
Mar 04/2020
Logging: A History

End Date:
Dec 20/2020

Explore the logging industry of the West Parry Sound District in this exhibition!

On March 4th, 2020, the Museum opened a new exhibition, Logging: A History. This exhibit will be on display in the Museum's Founders Room until December 20th, so there is plenty of time to come out and explore this important aspect of the West Parry Sound District's history.

This exhibition will discuss some of the prominent lumber companies that were situated along the shores of Georgian Bay. It will delve into the not-so-glamourous life of the lumberman, looking at his day-to-day life and the various jobs each man had to preform in order to get the logs from the forest to the sawmills. And explore the numerous tools of the trade, which assisted the men in being able to complete their roles. 






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