Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site is a member of Parks Canada’s family of special places and spaces that commemorate our natural and cultural heritage.

Here you can explore the amazing worlds of a lifetime that has touched all of us. You’re in for a pleasant surprise because the telephone was only the beginning of Alexander Graham Bell’s life-long pursuit of knowledge and invention.

Discover how air and water captured Dr. Bell’s imagination and how ideas led him to transmit sound on light and create a treadle powered sound recording device, man-carrying kites, airplanes and a record setting-hydrofoil boat.

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Find out how he bridged the world between sound and silence, participate in experiment, kite-making and kite-flying programs, enjoy hands-on activities designed especially for children and take in a presentation in the AGB Presentation Hall.

 

Plan to spend a minimum of two hours in this accessible facility where interactive displays, films, artifacts, models and a beautiful historic photo collection provide an entertaining and informative experience for everyone. Ask about our children’s area. Picnic facilities are available on the beautiful grounds overlooking the Bras d’Or Lakes where Alexander Graham Bell and his associates made history.

 

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Don’t miss “Discover” where children and their families can enjoy hands on activities, dress-up, puzzles and more.

Look for the “Big Book”. This book, written and illustrated by children, is so big it’s mounted on the wall.

Make, Decorate and Fly a Kite that’s yours to keep in our kite program offered daily in peak season.

Can water go uphill? Find out in our Experiment Program and help us do simple experiments like those Bell did with his grandchildren.Photo Credit @Parks Canada

Take a “White Glove Tour”, a behind the scenes tour which offers a glimpse into the private world of Alexander Graham Bell.

View the brand new “Silver Dart” exhibit, a fill scale replica of Bell’s famous plane which flew in 1909, the first flight in Canada!

 

Special Events

Canada Day

July 1

We are proud to be Canadian! Parks Canada celebrates Canada Day with free entry to all national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas across the country.


Parks Day

July 15

Family fun is on the menu every day at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and Parks Day is no exception. The fun includes experiments, and making and flying kites.


Aviation Day

August 19

Aviation Day 2018 will feature two workshops with Nigel Isle. In the first one, at 11 am, children use basic household items to create a personalized mini glider that flies brilliantly. In the second workshop, at 2:00, a CD, a motor, and batteries come together to create a small robot, and from there kids can decorate to their heart’s content! All materials are provided. Nigel will also bring his flight simulator and kids can try that out on our big screen TV. In addition to Nigel’s activities, members of the Sydney RC group will fill the Water exhibit area with their remote-controlled airplanes, and one of their members will build a remote controlled airplane on the Silver Dart Stage throughout the day. Activities run from 11 am to 3 pm, and admission and workshops are free..


Harvest Home

September 15

Family fun was sure a part of Alexander Graham Bell’s life! Help us continue to celebrate the tradition of Harvest Home with festivities including children’s entertainment. In the early 1900s, this event was held at the Bell family estate, Beinn Bhreagh, for people from the estate and the village. Now you can celebrate with us at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.


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Celtic Colours International Festival

October 8-12, 2018

Enjoy music from across the Celtic world as a featured performer presents an hour-long concert under the replica of the Silver Dart.

For more information, visit the Celtic Colours website.

 

Be sure to visit the Museum Store and the Tetra Café.

 

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