Kincardine's Oldest Building and the Oldest Standing Wooden Hotel in Grey/Bruce Counties
The Walker House was built in 1850 by Francis "Paddy" Walker (1798-1876) and remains the oldest standing wooden hotel in Bruce and Grey Counties, as well as the oldest building in Kincardine. Only ever owned by two families, the Walker's and Gairns', the House was run as an inn and tavern for over a hundred years. After a disastrous fire in 1995, the Paddy Walker Heritage Society (est. 1998) was formed to restore the building.
Ten years and thousands of volunteer hours later, the Walker House was reopened in 2008 as a local museum and heritage centre. View the permanent and changing exhibits of local history, participate in one of our many heritage events, attend one of our occasional heritage speaker presentations and much more!
We are happy to announce that the museum is open for tours as of July 17, 2021. We are open every day of the week except Tuesday, and our hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Please note the last guided tour of the day begins at 3:00 PM. Admission is $5.00 for individuals 12 years or older, and free for children under 12. To book your tour in advance, please click here. We accept cash, credit, and debit payments at the door.
Important Update Regarding COVID-19
Given the ongoing surge of COVID-19 cases in Grey Bruce, tours are currently limited to groups of 2-3 people. Prior to entry, all visitors must pass mandatory COVID-19 screening questions, including a temperature check. Please note that masks must be worn inside the building at all times. The maximum capacity of each room is posted on one of the walls inside each room; to ensure adequate social distancing, please do not exceed the posted capacity.
The Industry Room
We are pleased to host The Industry Room - a cocktail bar - at the Walker House on Thursdays and Fridays from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM and Saturdays from 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Reservations are recommended and can be made on Facebook. If you have any questions, please call 519-396-1850 and ask for Shawn.
In the off season, the Walker House is available to host your next meeting, family gathering or community event. We have ideal rooms at a modest fee available day or evening. Check out "Rent This House" for more details.