at the Sir Harry Oakes Chateau


Sir Harry Oakes

Welcome to the Museum of Northern History at the Sir Harry Oakes Chateau. Step through the ornate doors of the Chateau and travel back in time to when gold was king. Witness the hardy life of the early pioneers and their struggles as they forged a community out of the unforgiving wilderness. Explore the inner workings of some of the richest mines in Canadian history. Marvel at the tenacity of Sir Harry Oakes, one of the poorest men to walk into, and one of the richest to walk out of the northern goldfields.

Mystery, adventure, excitement… it’s all waiting for you at the Museum of Northern History.





"Our Canada 150" - Community Photography Exhibition (JULY-AUG 2017)

To celebrate Canada's 150th, we will be hosting an exhibit called "Our Canada 150", full of photographs taken by Kirkland Lakers from their travels across Canada - whether it's just down the road, or on the other side of the country.

What does Canada mean to you? What people, events, and places embody Canada's history or our cultural identity? Your photos will help tell the story of what Canada represents, and what it means to be Canadian. Pictures can be old or new.

Those wishing to submit images to the exhibit are asked to include a few sentences or a paragraph to explain how the image relates to the theme and why you feel it is uniquely Canadian.

There will also be a "Viewer's Choice" contest. Whichever photograph and caption receives the most number of votes from Museum visitors by August 30th, the photographer will receive a prize pack from the Museum, including a free family membership to the Museum for a year.

We ask that all images be submitted by June 26th.

Please click here to see our information package for more details.


Museum unveils online searchable database for its Collection

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Spring Newsletter 2015

Our newly formatted Newsletter will now be available every 3 to 4 months. We hope you enjoy what the new Newsletter and the Museum & Hockey Heritage North have to offer.

Click here to see our 2015 Spring Newsletter

Click here for a copy of our 2015 Membership form



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