Historic Dominion Day

Sunday, July 1st ~ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The best place to be on Canada’s birthday is back in time! Honour Canada’s birthday with an 1860’s celebration.


  • Learn about the First Nations perspective on Confederation and their contributions to the development of the nation
  • Official ceremonies accompanied by the Peterborough Concert Band
  • Musket firing demonstration and competition
    Drill team demonstrations and displays in the air-conditioned Peterborough County Agricultural Heritage Building
  • Tractor and wagon rides
  • Jacquard demonstrations
  • Kawartha Truth and Reconciliation Support Group (KTRSG) Quilt interpretations
  • Complimentary birthday cake
  • Schoolyard games at 2:45 pm including sack games, 2-legged races, egg and soon races and more
  • Sawyer-Massey Steam Engine in operation
  • Shingle Mill demonstrations
  • Sprinker system running as a cooling station back by the Ayotte Cabin- prepare to get wet…if you wish!
  • Bring your own water bottle- water refill stations at the Museum Shop and Peterborough County Agricultural Heritage Building

Because of the extreme heat warnings in place for July 1, we have revised our program for the Historic Dominion Day Event. The Official Ceremonies have been condensed and no longer include a skirmish. There will be a musket firing demonstration and competition in lieu, and all other re-enactor activities. Demonstrations and displays will take place in the Great Hall of the Peterborough County Agricultural Heritage Building which is air-conditioned. Also due to safety concerns for the horses, we will be offering tractor and wagon rides instead of horse-drawn wagon rides.

Adults $10, Students/Seniors (60+) $8, Youths (ages 5-14) $5, Free for children under 5, Family (includes 2 adults and up to 4 youths ages 5-14) $30.

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