Events & Special Projects

Canada Day 2019

On July 1, 2019 approximately 40 community members gathered at the Old Court House Museum to celebrate Canada Day. Everyone joined in the singing of O Canada followed by the sharing of cake to celebrate. Councillor Miles MacDonald was joined by Aidan Brown for the cutting of the cake. A rainy Canada Day was perfect for this indoor celebration. Visitors had the opportunity to explore the museum, observe new exhibits and recently acquired artifacts.

Guided Harbour Tours 2019 – (weather permitting)

    • 1:00 – 2:30 – French Period
    • 3:00 – 4:30 – Loyalist Period


    • July 16
    • July 21
    • August 6
    • August 18

Open Doors for Churches –  August 2019

Open Doors for Churches, in partnership with the Heritage Trust of NS, will be held on August 24 and 25, 2019.  Invite the public to visit your church. Please email us ( for more information.

Heritage Day 2019

Our Annual Heritage Day events, including the Drysdale Lecture Series, is tentatively scheduled for August 25, 2019

Historical Society 2019 AGM

This year’s AGM is scheduled for Tuesday June 18, 2019 at the Old Courthouse Museum starting at 7:00 PM (6:30 PM -7:00 PM for membership purchase and renewal).  New members welcome.

Guysborough Time Capsule Project 2017

In commemoration of Canada 150 the Historical Society undertook the building of a time capsule.  Community members were encouraged to submit stories and artifacts.  On Heritage Day the time capsule was sealed in the presence of a large of group form the community.  The capsule is intended to be opened in 2167.

Guysborough Historic Walking Tour

The Guysborough Historic Walking Tour begins at the Old Court House Museum at 106 Church Street. The tour takes approximately an hour and ends at the Christ Church Anglican Church. From there you can walk down to the Shoreline Trail toward the site of historic Fort Point or stroll back downtown to enjoy our local establishments. You can print the Walking Tour PDF or purchase it for a small fee at the Museum.

Guysborough Student Heritage Projects

Come into the Museum this summer to see heritage projects created by several of Guysborough’s young people.

Guysborough Interpretive Panels

This series of panels describes significant aspects of Guysborough’s history including the historic Court House, shipbuilding, the Canso Mi’kmaq and the early French fortifications on the harbour. The panels are located at the Old Court House Museum and along Guysborough’s scenic Shoreline Trail. For more information come visit the Museum.

Heritage Plaque Project

The Guysborough Historical Society has mounted historical plaques commemorating the estimated age and the original owner of many buildings in Guysborough and surrounding areas.

Genealogical Research Centre

Our Genealogical Research Centre is for use by visitors and the local community, during the time the museum is open, to conduct genealogical research,and provides easy and safe access to Museum records, books and archives. In the off-season, the Centre will be available for use on an appointment basis.