News & Updates

Firefighter Challenge 2019

Monday, June 03, 2019
Firefighter Challenge 2019

The Burk's Falls & District Historical Society and the Township of Armour are proud to host the second annual Firefighter Challenge on Saturday, July 13, 2019.  This event will be held in conjunction with our Heritage Day Celebration.   ..

It's Survival Day on Heritage Day 2019

Monday, May 27, 2019
It's Survival Day on Heritage Day 2019

It's Survival Day on July 13, 2019 and we are celebrating our 25th Anniversary!! The Township of Armour, the Burk’s Falls and District Historical Society and the Archives on Ontario will be partnering to celebrate Heritage Day on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at the Watt Century Farm House Heritage Centre, 827 Chetwynd Road, Burk’s Falls, Ontario. The event will run from 11 am to 3 pm.   This community event is free for all to attend and will include numerous representatives to promote emergency preparedness with the assistance of the Red Cross, emergency services, Ontario Fire Marshal, MNRF, Ontario 211 and many more.

Last year many municipalities were impacted by Parry Sound Forest Fire #33 with smoke and brought the reality of wildfires to our region. This spring many residents were impacted by flooding. This year’s Heritage Day Celebration will have a Survival Day theme, recognize the importance of healthcare and promote emergency preparedness. 

At high noon, five fire departments will converge on a farm field for a firefighter’s challenge. (Burk’s Falls, Perry, Kearney, Magnetawan and McMurrich/Monteith Fire Departments). This will be the second annual firefighter’s challenge for our local fire departments. This event alone brought in a large crowd to Heritage Day last year.

Attractions to date include Kyle “The Monster” Nelson - UFC Fighter, free face painting, free inflatables, reptile camp, free promotional material, etc. There will be plenty of food and refreshments to keep everyone hydrated.

The Army is coming too! The Algonquin Regiment will be in attendance to showcase military weapons and equipment. SHERP ATV has also committed to attending, this is an amazing machine for emergency services to see in action.

Keep your eyes to the sky, Ornge Helicopter plans to land a helicopter on the field and participate in Survival Day.  ..

2019 Summer Heritage Assistant

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
2019 Summer Heritage Assistant

The Burk's Falls and District Historical Society is accepting applications for a HERITAGE ASSISTANT for a full time student.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, May 17, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Submit your resume and cover letter to:
Township of Armour
Attn: Charlene Watt, Deputy Clerk
PO Box 533, 56 Ontario Street
Burk's Falls, Ontario P0A 1C0

Email: deputyclerk@armourtownship.ca

Please identify "HERITAGE ASSISTANT" on the envelope or in the email subject line.  ..

Cast your Vote

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Cast your Vote

Cast your vote to name the Theatre at the Land of Lake Public School to recognize Dr. M.A. Wittick! ..

Cookies with Mrs. Claus 2018

Monday, December 10, 2018
Cookies with Mrs. Claus 2018

Our old-fashioned cookie decorating afternoon with Mrs. Claus was filled with music, laughter, and the excitement of Christmas. Santa Claus and his elf made a jolly appearance and visited with all the children, young and old.  The Historical Society would like to thank the Village of Burk’s Falls, The Township of Armour, The Burk’s Falls Arena, Tim Horton’s, Nancy Kyte, and all of our cookie makers: Danielle Hall, Jennifer Talbot, Bruce Campbell and Judy Ransome for sponsoring the event.  A special thank you to all of our volunteers for the afternoon.  Most of all, thank you to our community for supporting this event. It is a wonderful time of year to get together with friends and family. We hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! ..

Remembrance Day with a Founding Member, Lorne Main

Friday, November 09, 2018
Remembrance Day with a Founding Member, Lorne Main

BURK’S FALLS – Lorne Main, 92, says while Remembrance Day has always held a special place in his heart over the years, he will be feeling it a little more deeply in 2018 – the 100th anniversary of the end of First World War – because of his father. ..

Remembrance Day 2018 - 100th Anniversary WW1

Thursday, November 01, 2018
Remembrance Day 2018 - 100th Anniversary WW1

On November 11, at the going down of the sun, communities across Canada will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War with the ringing of 100 bells. The ringing of bells emulates the moment in 1918 when church bells across Europe tolled as four years of war had come to an end.  ..

Happy Halloween 2018

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Happy Halloween 2018

Our third annual Halloween Party was a pumpkin smashing success with almost 90 children in attendance!  Visitors tested their bravery, had some fun and got a little spooked in our haunted farm house.  Children of all ages trick or treated as they travelled through the house and carved pumpkins beside an antique horse drawn hearse.  A special thank you to our Haunted House Specialists, Jason and Diana Warriner and Alyssa and Sara Johnson for decorating the house and setting the scenes.  Thank you to our sponsor, Collins' Valu-Mart for donating the pumpkins for the celebration and to all of our volunteers for the afternoon. ..

You're Invited to a Friendly Haunted House

Friday, September 28, 2018
You're Invited to a Friendly Haunted House
Calling all Boys and Ghouls!  Halloween is coming soon so grab your mask or your broom.  The Burk's Falls Historical Society will be your host at the Watt Century Farm House Heritage Centre, 827 Chetwynd Road from 1 pm to 3 pm on Sunday, October 21, 2018.  Come dressed in your costume and tour our friendly haunted house.  Carve your own pumpkin.  Admission is $5 per family.  There will be treats and a witch's brew - now all we need is you!

A visit from the Cub Scouts!

Thursday, September 27, 2018
A visit from the Cub Scouts!

The 1st Burk’s Falls Cub Scouts visited the Watt Century Farm House and learned a lot about local history. A special thank you to our President, Diane Brandt for planning a special program for the group. The Cubs participated in a scavenger hunt, identified mystery artifacts and played a game of “I Spy” in the heritage site.  ..