THE INN AND ITS MUSEUM
Touch the image to view a short video on the Symmes Inn.
Situated on the banks of Lac Deschênes and the Ottawa River, the Symmes Inn was built in 1831 by Charles Symmes, founder of Aylmer and nephew of Philemon Wright. It is the centerpiece of Aylmer’s heritage, cultural and tourist district, which is the most significant and best preserved area of Gatineau’s time-honored buildings. The Symmes Inn is a local history museum dedicated to preserving the regional heritage of the area..
HOURS, FEES AND LOCATION
From the first Sunday in June to Labour Day:
The Museum is open Tuesdays to Sunday, from noon to 7 pm.
From Labour Day to the last Sunday in October, and March through May:
The Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays, from noon to 5 pm.
Admission to the museum is free; however, donations are appreciated.
Symmes Inn Museum
1, Front Street, (corner of rue Principale)
Gatineau, Qc J9H 4W8
Telephone : 819 682-0291
Located at the entrance of Aylmer Marina. Free parking.
Symmes Inn: Windows onto the Ottawa River
The exhibition recounts the various functions attributed to the Symmes Inn location over the centuries. The building’s windows, many of which look onto the Ottawa River, invite visitors to discover the river’s past through notable historical figures and five themes: the river as a landing place, a busy waterway, a hive of industrial activity, a passage for steamboats and a leisure attraction. The exhibition is presented on 2 floors. Note: The second and third floors are not accessible by elevator.
Illustrations of people have been designed by Paule Thibault.
By Forests et Rivers, Men of Courage
A tribute to lumberjacks, log drivers and raftsmen who, by their temerity and courage, contributed to the growth of the forest industry in the Outaouais Region.
EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
The Aylmer Great Fire of 1921
Don’t miss our new exhibit on “The Great Aylmer Fire of 1921“. We are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the fire that destroyed downtown Aylmer on August 10, 1921. Over 700 people were made homeless.
Shivers and Sweets
Come celebrate Halloween at the Symmes Inn Museum!