Ottawa House By-The-Sea Museum

Old Picture of The Ottawa House

There are so many reasons to visit the Ottawa House. Tucked away in Parrsboro, near Partridge Island, the house was built in 1765, 10 years after the Acadian deportation. It was the hub of life in the area and many prominent families and politicians have called it home. It was one of the finest Inns in Canada and we can visit the rooms and displays to really get a feel of the history of the Parrsboro area.

Old Picture of The Ottawa House
Old Picture of The Ottawa House

What makes it very interesting apart from its age, is all the owners it had throughout the years and its uses. For 18 years it belonged to Sir Charles Tupper, 6th Prime Minister of Canada, and for a hundred years it was an Inn before being turned into a Museum. Everything you will see in thehouse has been donated by local residents. Imagine how life was centuries ago as you walk through the 21 rooms of the museum, listening to the sound of the waves crashing on the shore of the Bay of Fundy.

Beached  Blue or White Whale near Parrsboro back...way back...a long time ago!
Beached Blue or White Whale near Parrsboro back…way back…a long time ago!

There are amazing pictures on the walls of every room. One of a large blue or right whale that washed up on shore shows the size of these creatures. The carcass was towed out to sea and blown up with dynamite. The Ottawa House is full of unique photos and documents that capture life throughout many centuries in the area.

Historical Photos at Ottawa House in Parrsboro
Historical Photos at Ottawa House in Parrsboro

There is also a research center for genealogy if you want to research your family in the area. We had asked to see the records to check families but we ended up talking to the manager of the Ottawa House who gave us all the information we needed without even checking anything! Seems I might not have any relatives who lived in the area…but I wouldn’t be surprised if one of my relatives visited Nova Scotia once upon a time and got kicked out of the Inn two hundred years ago!

Dining Room at Ottawa House
Dining Room at Ottawa House.

There is a tea room and lunch is still served. There are special events and suppers throughout the year that the local community prepare. We were there before the Fathers Day supper and preparations were underway to have a nice dinner. The tea room and restaurant allow you to enjoy something to eat with the history of the area dancing around you.

After our hike up to Partridge Island we enjoyed a visit to the Ottawa House at Parrsboro
After our hike up to Partridge Island we enjoyed a visit to the Ottawa House at Parrsboro

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