All Content Museum Initiatives

Fund The Foundation!

Notice what’s wrong with this picture?


Our beloved Woodrow homestead is sinking on one side! The Woodrow homestead, which was built in the 1800s, is in need of a new foundation.  Without this restoration, the homestead walls will become damaged causing the homestead to be unusable which would be a tremendous loss to our museum and the entire Coldwater community. 

To prevent this, WE NEED YOUR HELP! The cost to restore the homestead will be huge, especially as a volunteer-run museum.  We are running a GoFundMe campaign and would be honoured if you supported our cause of preserving Coldwater’s history. 

Click below to find out more and to donate.


Donate through Canada Helps.

For either donation, you will receive a tax receipt.

Thank you for every donation. We really appreciate it.

All Content Steampunk Festival

Coldwater Welcomes The Sawbones Society!

Earlier this summer, CCHM welcomed members of the Sawbones Society to allow them to film a mini-series for the Steampunk Festival.  The series was shot in the Woodrow Homestead, the Eady Slaughterhouse, as well as outdoors on our beautiful grounds.  The series will be six episodes that feature a historical note at the end and can be found on the Steampunk Festival TV channel on YouTube and will be released every Tuesday and Thursday this August. 

The Sawbones Society features a group of malpracticing medics; including the uptight physician Dr. Morphine, the eccentric surgeon Mr. Ether, the snide alienist Dr. Heroin, the uncanny apothecary Abby Sinthe, and the mysterious Nurse Clara Form.  

Stay tuned for behind the scenes pictures and videos!

Click here to check out the article by Frank Matys from for further information.

Museum Updates

Coldwater Canadiana COVID-19 Update

As Ontario has now entered into stage 3 of reopening, CCHM has made the decision to open the museum to the public in a limited capacity.  We are excited that we are now offering pre-booked tours which will allow you to visit our wonderful museum in a safe manner.

Come discover the history of photography, learn about Victorian mourning practices and much more!

Call or email to book your tour!


Heritage Day 2015

Heritage Day will be held on Saturday July 19 from 9:00 to 5:00 and will be kicked off by an outdoor church service followed by a BBQ lunch. Ongoing musical entertainment and various activities for young and old will form a part of this day. Various vendors will be on site.

Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell, visits the Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum

On Sunday, July 19th, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will join the celebrations of the Coldwater Canadiana’s 50th Anniversary at this year’s annual Heritage Day. Fifty years ago, on July 19th, 1965, the Canadiana officially became a Museum. Her Honour will be accompanied by the OPP Commissioner’s Own Pipes and Drum Band and Ceremonial Unit.

The Coldwater Canadiana Museum, not only celebrates 50 years as a Museum but it is also the Woodrow Homestead’s 175thAnniversary. The original cabin built in 1840 remains today on the same location and is part of the enlarged house constructed in the 1860’s. Since 1965, the Museum has celebrated this special day, beginning with an interdenominational church service at10:45 am, followed by a barbecue lunch and entertainment. This year’s event will include the Lieutenant Governor, assisting with dedications and the celebration of the Anniversary.

The Honourable, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, became Ontario’s 29th Lieutenant Governor during a ceremony at the Ontario Legislative Building on September 23, 2014. During this year’s Heritage Day celebrations, Her Honour will bring greetings, assist in dedications and also the presentation of a special award to the Canadiana.



Accessible Updates.

Our big news this year is that the buildings and grounds are now wheelchair accessible.


50th Anniversary Celebration.

Our 50th anniversary fundraising celebration will take place on July 18 and will consist of a Fancy Box Lunch Social, Live Entertainment, a silent auction, 50/50 draw along with other random draws. Cost will be $50.00 pp with a charitable receipt of $25.00



Open Doors 2015

We again will be participating in Doors Open Ontario (Orillia) on June 20 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Canadiana Museum will offer free entrance to the grounds and museum.


Update on Devon Teas 2015

Due to popular demand, In 2015 we will be serving Devon Tea each Wednesday throughout June.July and August.

Previously it was only served in July and August.