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Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site of Canada

Activities

Note: Some programs may be available only during peak season, although every effort will be made to accommodate curious visitors!  Please call ahead for further information.


White Glove Tour

White Glove Tour

Get up close and personal with history! The White Glove Tour is a unique, behind-the-scenes tour where participants get a hands-on experience with some of Alexander Graham Bell's own personal mementos. With a guide leading your experience, you will be taken to one of the site's artefact storage rooms. Here, you will be introduced to the collection and invited to hold a selection of Bell's artefacts, including one of his walking sticks and notebooks. You will also be invited to open storage cabinets and pull back the curtains protecting a wide variety of artefacts. As more collection areas are opened up for the White Glove Tour, each visit to the site promises to be a one-of-a-kind experience with new discoveries at every turn!

Daily, 30 minutes
$7.30 per person
English: 9:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
French: 9:30 a.m., 3:15 p.m.


Measure of a Man

The Measure of a Man - Tour

Learn about the influences that shaped Alexander Graham Bell and how they impacted his personal and professional life in this exhibit tour, guided by one of our knowledgeable heritage interpreters.

Daily, 30 minutes
$2.40 per person
English: 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
French: 10:00 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:45 p.m.


Come Fly a Kite!

Come Fly a Kite!

Create, decorate and fly a kite that's yours to keep in our kite-making program. Discover the role kites played in Bell's experiments with flight and learn about his giant tetrahedral kite.

Daily, 30 minutes
$2.40 per person
2:15 p.m.


Put Yourself in the Picture

Put Yourself in the Picture - Children's Tour

A dress-up tour for children that takes them back a century – and then some!

Daily, 30 minutes
$2.40 per person


Silver Dart

Silver Dart Replica

We are excited to announce our latest acquisition: a full-scale replica of the Silver Dart!
The full-scale replica was built by the Aerial Experiment Association 2005 in commemoration of the original's 1909 flight—the first powered, controlled airplane flight in Canada. The replica was flown by former astronaut Bjarni Tryggvason across Baddeck Bay in February 2009; now it flies high over the full-scale replica of Bell's HD-4 hydrofoil! Come see it for yourself on your next visit to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.


Parks Canada Xplorers

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, when you get home, make a batch of his bubbly brew – Xplore his fun and awesome ideas.

A great way for kids ages 6-11 to explore Canada's natural and historic treasures!



In-Depth Special Presentations 

In-Depth Special Presentations

Photographic images from our extensive collection complement historic fact and Bell anecdotes on subjects such as Beinn Bhreagh - A Place Apart, and Mabel Bell: The Wind Beneath Alexander Graham Bell's Wings.

Daily, 30 minutes
$2.40 per person
English: 10:30 a.m.
French: 11:00 a.m.


Tetrahedral Kite Workshop

Kite-making

Build and decorate a four-celled tetrahedral kite, similar to those Bell used in his flight experiments.  A great workshop for teens and families!

Daily, 45 minutes
$7.30 per kite
3:45 p.m.


"Discover"

Don't miss the "Discover" area, where children and families can enjoy hands-on activities, puzzles and more at their leisure.

Look for the "Big Book"—a book so big it's mounted on the wall! Written and illustrated by children, it tells the story of Dr. Bell's life and work and is sure to be one of the most delightful books you'll ever read.