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Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

Activities

White Glove Tour

On a sprawling stretch of land overlooking Baddeck Bay on the Bras d’Or Lakes, discover the life and work of a modern day genius. Tour the mind of inventor Alexander Graham Bell through the world’s largest collection of mementos, photos and models. See a full-scale replica of the famous Silver Dart and a model HD-4 Hydrofoil craft. Hold Bell’s walking stick and personal notebook on an extraordinary behind-the-scenes tour. Kids can play games, fly kites and try a science experiment.


Featured Activities

The Bells of Baddeck

The Bells of Baddeck:
A Music-Drama

Surrounded by Bell's inventions and personal artifacts you'll hear Canada's finest singing talent perform at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in beautiful Baddeck, Nova Scotia. We'll put a song in your heart, a skip in your step, and a wee tear in the eye!

White Glove Tour
White Glove Tour
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes discovery on a White Glove Tour where you’ll tour the mind of a genius, with a hands-on exploration of Alexander Graham Bell's personal mementos, models and inventions.
Alec & I
Alec & I
Alexander and Mabel show us that the world can literally be changed by one's love for another. A story told through artifacts and photographs.
The Measure of a Man

The Measure of a Man
On a tour guided by knowledgeable, passionate heritage interpreters, discover the boundless interests of Alexander Graham Bell and meet the personal and professional influences who shaped the mind of this modern day genius.

2016 Events
Special Events in 2016
Check out our lineup for Canada Day, Aviation Day, Celtic Colours International Festival and more!
Come Fly a Kite
Come Fly a Kite!
In our kid-friendly Discover area, make and decorate a kite that's yours to keep. Invent and imagine, just as Alexander Graham Bell did. Then take it outside and fly it in wide open spaces.


More Activities

  • The Bell Family Album - A presentation in photographs
    Enjoy a fascinating glimpse into the lives of Alexander and Mabel Bell through a big-screen presentation of their stories in photographs.
  • Tetrahedral Kite Workshop
    Build and decorate a four-celled tetrahedral kite, similar to those Bell used in his flight experiments. A great workshop for teens and families!
  • Experiments
    Do you have a curious mind like Alexander Graham Bell? Come and try some of his experiments!
  • Parks Canada Xplorers
    Catch the wind, design a kite like Alec’s, try out a rotary dial telephone, check out Alec’s no phone zone and talking hand and later on, have fun with our take-away word puzzles.

Note: Programs may also be offered on demand. Every effort will be made to accommodate curious visitors! Please call ahead for further information.



White Glove Tour

White Glove Tour

With a passionate guide leading your journey, the White Glove Tour is an intimate, personal glimpse of a public genius. On this unique, behind-the-scenes tour you’ll hold Alexander Graham Bell's personal mementos and models. Together, your small group will enter "The Parlour" and examine Bell’s comfort items: his favourite jacket, walking stick and personal notebook. You’ll follow the love story between "Alec" and Mabel Bell, the woman for whom the telephone was invented. In "The Workshop" see how Bell put everyday items to extraordinary use. Examine his vacuum jacket (forerunner to the iron lung), model kites and hydrofoils. As more collection areas are opened, each visit promises a one-of-a-kind discovery.

Duration: 30 minutes
$12.27 per person

English (daily):
June: 4:00 p.m.
July: 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
August: 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
September: 10:30 a.m., 3:15 p.m.
October 1-15: 10:30 a.m.


French:
June: on request
July: daily, 3:45 p.m.
August: daily, 3:45 p.m.
September: on request
October 1-15: on request



Alec and I

Alec and I

Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell stood side by side, meeting the trials and tribulations of their lives together. Mabel’s hearing loss brought her to deaf educator Alexander, and the rest is history. Led by a guide, you’ll discover their story in this multi-media presentation featuring artifacts and photographs from their time together.

Duration: 45 minutes
$7.30 per person

English:
July: Thursday through Tuesday, 1:15 p.m.
August: Thursday through Tuesday, 1:15 p.m.
September: daily, 2:15 p.m.
October 1-15: daily, 11:15 a.m.


French:
July: Thursday through Tuesday, 11:00 a.m.
August: Thursday through Tuesday, 11:00 a.m.
September: on request
October 1-15: on request


Measure of a Man

The Measure of a Man - Tour

With curiosity and deep compassion, Alexander Graham Bell built the Silver Dart along with the Aerial Experiment Association (AEA), worked in deaf education, and even developed the precursor to the iron lung. Share the excitement as your heritage guide introduces you to Bell's work and greatest influences along the way. You’ll learn that not only was Bell’s mother deaf, so was the woman who would become his wife, Mabel (Hubbard) Bell. She piloted his HD-4 hydrofoil watercraft, untroubled by the noisy engines! You’ll also meet influential members of the AEA: Casey Baldwin, J.A.D. McCurdy, Thomas Selfridge and Glenn Curtiss. You’ll get an in-depth sense of Bell’s relationship with his family and Mabel, the love of his life. As you visit exhibits on sound and silence, on inventions and experiments, and see a full-scale replica of the Silver Dart and the HD-4 Hydrofoil, you’ll take the full measure of the man through the people who opened his heart and mind to discovery.

Daily
Duration: 30 minutes
$3.90 per person

English:
June: 2:00 p.m.
July: 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m.
August: 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m.
September: 11:15 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
October 1-15: 9:30 a.m., 4:00 p.m.

French:
June: 2:30 p.m.
July: 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m.
August: 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m.
September: 10:45 a.m., 3:15 p.m.
October 1-15: 3:15 p.m.


Come Fly a Kite!

Come Fly a Kite!

Take part in one of Bell’s great passions as you create your own kite, decorate it, and fly it on the grounds as part of our exciting kite-making program. You’ll discover the role kites played in Bell's own experiments with flight, and learn about his giant tetrahedral (a three-dimensional kite) built in 1904. On Bell’s honeymoon, he told his wife Mabel that he dreamed of flying machines with telephones attached. He even hoped to develop a kite large enough to carry a man. So come out and marvel at your creation across the sky dotted with kites. It’s a sight to behold.

Duration: 30 minutes
$2.40 per person

English and French:
July: daily, 2:15 p.m.
August: daily, 2:15 p.m.
September: weekends, 2:15 p.m.
October 1-15: weekends, 2:15 p.m.


The Bell Family Album – A Presentation in Photographs

This family of photographers has gifted us with a legacy of images that illustrate stories about the Bells’ lives at home and at work. Narrated by a member of our guide staff; come see these photos on the big screen!

Duration: 30 minutes
$2.40 per person

English (daily):
June: 3:15 p.m.
July: 10:30 a.m., 3:15 p.m.
August: 10:30 a.m., 3:15 p.m.
September: 9:30 a.m.

French:
June: on request
July: daily, 9:30 a.m.
August: daily, 9:30 a.m.
September: on request
October: request


Tetrahedral Kite Workshop

The tetrahedral kite program is designed for teens, adults, and family groups of up to four people. Build a four-celled tetrahedral kite similar to the ones Alexander Graham Bell built and flew while working toward his goal of achieving powered flight. Although the materials are simple, the design is fairly complex, adding to the fun. Participants in this workshop will learn how and why Bell used this particular kite design, and will leave with a kite of their own.

Daily
Duration: 45 minutes
$9.60 per kite

English and French:

July: 4:00 p.m.
August: 4:00 p.m.


Experiments

Can water go uphill? Find out in our experiment program and help us perform simple experiments like those Dr. Bell did with his grandchildren.

Duration: 20 minutes
Free

English and French:

July: daily, 10:30 a.m.
August: daily, 10:30 a.m.
September: weekends, 3:45 p.m.


Also try out some fun experiments at home!


Parks Canada Xplorers

Parks Canada Xplorers

Catch the wind, design a kite like Alec's, try out a rotary dial telephone, and check out Alec's no phone zone and talking hand – Xplore his fun and awesome ideas. Complete four of the activities and earn a memento of your visit!

A great way for kids ages 6-11 to explore Canada's natural and historic treasures. For further information, visit Parks Canada Xplorers.