MacDonald House Museum

  Cape Breton Nova Scotia

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Explore our artifact and archival collection on NovaMuse.

Passing close to MacDonald House you can access the trail by a path through our woods.  Signage is available to show where you are on the trail map. MacDonald House also offers washroom facilities and parking for trail users during the summer months

Visit Lake Ainslie "Historical Pictures" on Facebook to see photos of Lake Ainslie's past.

We are a member of, a registered charity dedicated to increasing charitable giving across Canada by serving both donors and charities.  Using a secure site, interested donors can give to charities and pay for memberships on-line.

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Alexander MacDonald, a weaver, left the Isle of Mull in Scotland, and settled in East Lake Ainslie in 1823. The original land grant contained 518 acres. The MacDonald homestead housed a store and post office and was of great importance to the local community in providing news, staples of life and a means for farmers to sell their goods to the growing population of Eastern Canada.

MacDonald House Museum is operated by the Lake Ainslie Historical Society with assistance from the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage.

Hours of Operation
10: 30 AM to 4:30PM