Visit the historic estate of one of Ottawa's founding families and spend the day enjoying one of our special events or programs, exploring the exhibitions with interactive and kid-friendly activities, discovering the beauty of our well-preserved parkland, or renting the space for your special event.
We take the time to understand how children see the world, and we make sure they actively experience history through connections with objects, people, places and ideas.
The Billings family settled on the shores of the Rideau River in 1812 and took an active role in shaping the community as it evolved over time and until the 1970s when they left the estate. They helped build farms and churches, ran a dairy operation, and contributed to the development of the Byward Market by providing produce for sale and building the “Farmers’ Bridge”.
This National Historic Site on 8 acres of green space is also home to one of Ottawa’s oldest community cemeteries where well-known Ottawa pioneers, such as the Evans, Brouse and Firth families, are laid to rest.
Exhibitions and Artefact Collections
Home to more than 27,000 artefacts, the Billings Estate tells an epic story of starting a life anew in the wilderness and the legacy of the family over many generations. With both permanent and temporary exhibitions, these artefacts help bring the story to life.
Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May 11 through October 31, with special programming offered throughout the year. Times may vary for special events and/or programs. Be sure to check all listings for more details.
Unless otherwise indicated, regular admission fees apply. Adults - $6, Seniors and Students - $5, Youth - $3.50, Families (two adults and unlimited children)- $15. Group rates available upon request. Additional fees may be applicable to some special events and programs.