Archive for December, 2012

FYI: Upcoming Festive Heritage Events

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Here are a few festive heritage events taking place in some of Toronto’s historic museums throughout the Christmas season:

Colborne Lodge

If you are going to be in the High Park area, why not pay a visit to historic Colborne Lodge and see its halls all decked out for a Victorian Christmas.  Raise of glass of good cheer, mulled cider, and sample some authentic Victorian era holiday treats.

Holiday admission prices apply: Adults $7.08, Seniors $4.42 Youths $3.81, Children $4.42 (plus tax)

Dates: This event is on now, and runs through to January 6, 2013

Times: Tuesdays to Sundays, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm; Closed Mondays, December 25, 26 and January 1st.

Location: Colborne Lodge, South end of High Park on Colborne Lodge Drive, Toronto. (map)

Limited free parking.

Contact Info:


Phone: 416-392-6916

Colborne Lodge is also offering Christmas Cookie Creation for Children, 8 to 10 years of age.  These are not just any old Christmas cookies.  Kids will participate in a historic baking workshop, using a Canadian Gingerbread recipe from the 1830s.  While the cookies bake, the kids can tour the house, learn about Victorian Christmas traditions, and take in all the festive decorations.  They can also take their cookie creations home with them!

Pre-registration and pre-payment required. $22.50 plus tax (includes supplies and a dozen cookies to bring home).

Date: Sunday, December 23, 2012

Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Location: Colborne Lodge, South end of High Park on Colborne Lodge Drive, Toronto. (map)

Limited free parking.

Contact Info:


Phone: 416-392-6916

MacKenzie House

Take a step back in time and experience Christmas in a 1859 Victorian row house.  MacKenzie house is festooned in festive greenery and offering samples of mulled cider and biscuits to celebrate the season.

Holiday admission prices: Adults: $7.08; Seniors: $4.52; Youth and Children: $4.42 (plus tax).

Date: This event is on now and runs through until Sunday, January 6, 2013. (closed December 25,26 and January 1st)

Time: Tuesday to Friday, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Location: Mackenzie House, 82 Bond Street, Toronto (map)

Contact Info:

Phone: 416-392-6915


Heritage Photo of the Day: December 1, 2012

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Cae Madog, Aber-soch, Gwynedd, Wales, c. 1885

Cae Madog, Aber-soch, Gwynedd, Wales, c.1885










Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales Photostream (flickr)

FYI: Upcoming Festive Heritage Events

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

We travel to Aurora for the first of today’s festive heritage events. This special event is not only a Christmas celebration, it is also the 150th anniversary of Hillary House, the Aurora Historical Society’s premier heritage property. On Saturday, December 8th, the Hillary House players are presenting ” A Canadian Christmas.”  Join the players for an evening of stories, music and memories that stretch back over 150 years.

Performances are on Saturday, December 8th, at 2:00 and 7:00 pm at Hillary House, 15372 Yonge Street (map)

Tickets, which include refreshments, are $10 and are available from the Aurora Historical Society at 905-727-8991.

Due to capacity restrictions, please purchase tickets in advance.

Aurora Historical Society website:

Our next festive heritage event is in the Hamilton area.  Drop by Westfield Heritage Village in Rockton and enjoy an afternoon of Christmas in the Country, complete with wagon rides, caroling, and of course, Father Christmas.

Admission: Special event pricing applies. Adults: $11, Seniors/Disabled: $10, Children: $6.50. Children 5 and under are free.

Parking is free.

Date: Sunday,December 16, 2012

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Westfield Heritage Village, 1049 Kirkwall Rd, Rockton, ON. (map)

Contact Info: 1-800-883-0104.


A Heritage Certificate for Christmas

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

If you’re a member of the OGS Centenary Club and you’re looking for a last-minute holiday gift (or just starting your shopping like some of us), consider a supplemental Centenary Club certificate for your relatives. They can be members of the Centenary Club because you’ve already proved that you are.

Supplemental certificates are only $10 each for OGS Members ($20 for non members) and make a great stocking stuffer.

To purchase one, simply download the application form and fill out Section 1 indicating your name and contact information, the number of certificates you are ordering and the names of the relatives you are buying for. No need to provide evidence, it is already on file here.

Please make sure your request reaches us by December 7th so that we can make sure your certificates reach you in time for the 25th.

Questions? Contact or call the Provincial Office at 416-489-0734.