Museum After Hours Speaker Series

After Hours is back in 2023!

Please join us every Wednesday (July 5 – August 30) at 7pm in the Museum to listen to a wide range of topics.

July 5 – Sarah Sharpe (Mapping History: Inuit Understandings of Space)
Muskoka Lakes Museum’s very own curator Sarah Sharpe will be speaking of her Master’s research based on Oral History in Hopedale, Nunatsiavut (Labrador)

July 12 – Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Each year, Aspen Valley takes in over 1,000 injured and orphaned animals for rehabilitation, and ultimately, releases them back into the wild. Their goal is to provide quality care that avoids habituation to humans and respects each animal’s need for a safe, healthy, species-appropriate environment while in our care.

July 19 – Muskoka Conservancy (Amanda Porter – Birds of Muskoka)
Muskoka Conservancy is a registered charity and a Canadian corporation that operates as a land trust. They acquire ownership of properties and legally registered agreements with private property owners to protect land for nature conservation.

July 26 – Patrick Boyer (local author)
Patrick is a renowned author in the Muskoka Area with popular titles such as “Muskokans Fight the Great War”, “Putting Muskoka on the Map”, and “Muskoka Heritage Nuggets”

August 2 – Shawn Ruhl (SS Bigwin, Wanda III, and the Bigwin Island Resort)
Shawn is a member of the Museum’s board of directors and a local expert on the steamship era in Muskoka. Shawn has done work with Sunset Cruises and the Lake of Bays Marine Museum and Navigation Society.

August 9 – Susan Daglish (Port Carling Heritage)
Susan is a local heritage legend and member of the museum’s board of directors. Known for her popular walking tours, if it happened in Port Carling, she knows about it.

August 16 – His Worship Mayor Peter Kelley of Muskoka Lakes
Mayor Peter has an extensive collection of Muskokan model boats, and the stories behind them.

August 23 – Geoffrey Shifflett (The Resort Era in Muskoka)
Geoffrey holds a PhD from the University of Waterloo with a dissertation titled “The Evolving Muskoka Vacation Experience 1860-1945”. He is an expert on many of the old resorts in Muskoka.

August 30 – Jennie Thomson (Medicinal Herbs in the Pioneer Garden)
Jennie is the owner of The Wild Herbalist, an organization that specializes in a personalized approach to finding balance using plant medicine.

$10 fee. Light refreshment will be available.



Jul 05 2023


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm




Muskoka Lakes Museum
Port Carling, Ontario