Museum to Open this Weekend

R. Tait McKenzie, James Naismith Museum to Open this Weekend

June 18, 2020 Carleton Place — As the Province of Ontario moves into Stage 2 of its reopening process, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) is pleased to be permitting visitors into the R. Tait McKenzie and Dr. James Naismith Museum at the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area. The first operating day will be Saturday, June 20 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

However, it won’t be business as usual as MVCA is following Ontario Public Health recommendations to ensure physical distancing measures are in place for the health and safety of all visitors and staff such as:

  • masks must be worn by all visitors at all times
  • reduced hours (open Friday to Monday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM)
  • timed entry (15-minute intervals)
  • a limited number of visitors allowed in at one time (maximum of four people per group)
  • managed visitor flow (directional signage for one-way flow will be in place)
  • by appointment (visitors are encouraged to call ahead to book their spot: 613-256-3610 ext. 2 or email Additionally, visitors can sign up for a time slot upon arrival, however they may not be guaranteed their preferred time)


Please note that for the purpose of contact tracing, staff will be asking for each visitor’s name and contact information and if they are feeling well that day. The self-assessment tool can be found on the Government of Ontario’s website.

Along with the museum, washroom facilities will once again be open with regular cleaning taking place. Parking will be subject to the daily $6 fee or purchase a season pass for $46.

MVCA is pleased to welcome Nadine Cheney, an Ottawa-area artist who will be showcasing her work in the museum for the month of July. Her exhibit is described as a “bit of a mixed bag,” as Nadine prefers to explore wherever her mind goes, and not be confined to any particular genre or series.

When visiting any of MVCA’s conservation areas, visitors are reminded to practice physical distancing by staying at least two metres or six feet apart., not to congregate in groups, and if they feel ill to stay at home. MVCA is also asking the public to plan short visits to areas that have been reopened to ensure the space can be shared with all those looking to get outside and into nature. Visitors are also reminded to obey signage, keep their pets on a leash at all times and take any garbage with them when they leave.

The MVCA appreciates your continued support and understanding as we navigate through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

MVCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario. Formed in 1968, MVCA’s mandate is to manage the watershed’s resources in partnership with our eleven-member municipalities and the Province of Ontario. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.


Shannon Gutoskie
Community Relations Coordinator
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