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P.O. Box 337, 17 George St.
Parry Sound, Ontario, P2A 2X4 
Email: info@museumontowerhill.com
Phone: 705-746-5365
Adults $5
Senior/Child $3
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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.  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!

In October 2019, the Museum began installing the model of the Ottawa, Arnprior & Parry Sound Railway, but not without the help of some dedicated volunteers of course! Thank you to all those who helped move the train into the Permanent Gallery.

Bringing up the train!

There sure were a lot of pieces!

...and even more screws!

Shout out to thom morrissey photography for capturing it all on film :)

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:
Mar 04/2020
Logging: A History

End Date:
Dec 20/2020

Explore the our area's logging history in this year-long exhibition!

The logging industry in Ontario began around 1860, with American lumber companies moving north to expand their markets after removing much of the timber along the lake states. As more companies began to situate themselves near prominent waterways, the scale of the operations grew and more sawmills were erected, turning the lumber industry into one of the most profitable for the Canadian export trade, next to the fur trade.

By the late 1800s, the lumber industry was booming, largely due to the construction of railroads through Ontario. For areas such as Parry Sound, the development of the Ottawa, Arnprior & Parry Sound Railway in 1896, meant that lumber could be shipped straight to eastern markets without using trans-shipment points, which led to the increased success of the numerous lumber companies situated along the shores of Georgian Bay.

This exhibition highlights the different lumber companies operating out of the West Parry Sound District, and explores the life of the lumberman. Discover what it would have been like to live in an early lumber camp, learn about the different tools of the trade, and see logging artifacts that are over 100 years old.  

Click on the map to view the full image or click here.

Click below to view the story map.

Special thanks to the West Parry Sound Geography Network!




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