The Symmes Inn Museum is a non-profit organization founded in 1987 and incorporated under the name of Aylmer Museum Inc. The Museum changed its name to Symmes Inn Museum when it moved its activities to this building in 2003. The building belongs to the City of Gatineau.

The Board of Directors is made up of a minimum of seven and a maximum of nine directors, all volunteers, elected at the annual general meeting by friends and members of Symmes Inn Museum. Since the Museum’s inception, a member of the Board of Directors of the Aylmer Heritage Association (AHA) also sits ex officio on the Museum’s board. The term for each member is two years and is renewable.

The coordinator of the corporation is an ex officio member of the Board of Directors but has no voting rights.

  • Gilles Laroche – President
  • Daniel Turmel – Vice-President
  • Tanya Parent – Secretary
  • Hélène Parent – Treasurer
  • Ron Loyer – Director
  • Francine Faucher-Overton
  • Adrien Cesario – Director
  • Bernard Ladouceur – Director
  • Lynne Rodier – Director (Representative of AHA)
  • Anyssa Doiron – Director General
  • Roger Blanchette – School Programs and Guided Tours


Thanks to a Service Canada program, Symmes Inn Museum is able every year to hire personnel to greet visitors and provide information. Those hired are college and high school students with an interest in museums and history.  They will be happy to greet you .

In addition, thanks to a grant from Heritage Canada’s Young Canada Works program, we are hiring one or two students during the summer season to work as Project Officer’s in the field of museums, animation and communications.


Symmes Inn Museum could not operate without its volunteers. Dedicating time and energy, they are directly involved in the organization and development of the numerous activities carried out by the Museum: opening day, guided tours, summer events, Old Aylmer Festival, to name a few.

The Museum is seeking volunteers to act as guides for group tours of its new permanent exhibition “Symmes Inn: Windows onto the Ottawa River” and the history of the Outaouais region. The groups are mainly tourists on sightseeing trips, people attending conventions and students on school outings. As guides, volunteers receive adequate training to perform their duties and provide information. Both French- and English-speaking volunteers are sought.