All events with 50+ attendees have been cancelled. Mini-presentations have been adapted for safety measures and will include Curator Talks, student history presentations, musical presentations and the Friends of Fintry Annual General Meeting. All indoor events are limited to a maximum of 30 people and will be by donation. Watch our events calendar and Facebook page for mini-presentation dates and times.
Tours will be primarily self-guided with staff or volunteers on-site to answers questions.
Virtual Tours of the Manor House, Trophy Room and a ‘Dun-Waters’ Dream history video are available to the public online through the www.fintry.ca website. Free public wifi is available outside the Manor House for a distance of approximately 20 metres.
Outdoor, disposable Self-Guided Walking Tour brochures are available to the public near the Octagonal Dairy Barn and at the Manor House and are available online as a downloadable pdf.
Manor House Tours
The Manor House tours through Phase 3 will be 30 people in groups of 6 or less, as a single direction self-guided tour beginning at the Ben Lee Room, through the Dining Room, Living Room, Dun-Waters’ Dressing Room and exiting through the Trophy Room. Alice’s Sitting Room/Bedroom and the Red Room/Study are closed. Entrance, exit and interior doors are open to increase air circulation. Hand sanitizer is available at entry and exit points. Outdoor stairway railings and touch points are sanitized each day.
Tours 1pm to 4pm, July 24 – Sept 7, Thursdays through Sundays and 1pm to 4pm Sept 12 – Sept 27, Saturdays and Sundays (last tour entry at 3:30pm). By donation.
Octagonal Barn Tours
The Octagonal Barn is a single-direction self-guided tour with a maximum of 18 people in groups of 6 or less . Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance/exit. Stairway railings and touch points are sanitized each day open.
Tours 10am to 12pm Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays July 31 through Sept 7. By donation.
There’s also an “Adopt a Part of Dun-Waters’ Dream” program, which enables you to adopt a part of the garden, house, barn area, walking path or labyrinth for varying amounts. All donations and “adoptions” over $50 receive an income tax receipt.
Self-Guided Tour Download the Self-Guided Tour Brochure Here
The self-guided tour takes you through fourteen points of historic interest, from the barn complex to the packinghouse and boat launch.
Visit the octagonal barn and barn complex area. This area was the core of Capt. James Dun-Waters’ agricultural operations. The Octagonal Barn, built in 1924, housed Dun-Waters’ Ayrshire dairy cows. It is believed to be the last structure of its kind in the province.
Count the stairs as you climb up to view Fintry’s triple waterfall. You can see much of the falls from only 100 stairs but keep going up the next 300+ stairs to the top for an amazing view. That waterfall had enough power to turn a Pelton wheel and provide power to the Manor House at a time when most residents were still using coal oil lights! When you walk near the falls, look for remnants of wire-wrapped wood pipes that were used as part of an irrigation system so unusual that European experts called it “impossible”.
BC Parks has a large camping and day-use area and 2km of beaches. There is a convenient boat launch at the park.