2021 COVID-19 Updates & Procedures

Mon, May 31, 2021

Covid-19 Updates

Memory Lane Heritage Village re-opening falls under Phase 2 of the Provincial Re-opening Plan, so please check back once that stage has been reached for updates about our summer season and visitor hours. We are very excited to welcome you back to Memory Lane Heritage Village for 2021 and can't wait to see the museum full of visitors once again when provincial regulations allow!

How we are preparing for your visit:

  • Increased sanitization procedures for all high-contact surfaces
  • Additional hand-washing and hand sanitization centres have been set up throughout the Village
  • Glass barriers have been placed at the cash in the Hosking Store and in the Cookhouse serving area
  • Staff not separated from the public by glass will be wearing masks.
  • Doors to buildings will be propped open whenever possible. 
  • We will have animals on-site this season, so please leave furry family members at home as pets are not allowed within the Village grounds. 
  • Certain areas of the Village, where sufficient social distancing is not possible will likely remain closed this season.
  • Visitors will be instructed to wait for other groups or family bubbles to vacate a building (other than the Store or Cookhouse) before entering. 

How you can prepare for a safe visit:

  • If you are feeling unwell, please consider postponing your visit to protect our staff and other visitors.
  • Follow all provincial regulations in place at the time of your visit.
  • All visitors must wear masks, as per provincial health recommendations. (Handmade masks are available for purchase in our Gift Shop.)
  • Make use of the hand sanitizer and hand washing stations provided throughout the Village. 
  • Adhere to social distancing guidelines; allow six feet of distance between staff and other visitors.
  • Enjoy our beautiful outdoor spaces as much as possible! Explore our garden, go for a swing behind the Schoolhouse, try your hand at the stilts in the field and let the kids play make-believe with our wooden hobby horses, and even enjoy an outdoor picnic. 

What To Bring:

  • A face mask - Bring your own, or purchase a handmade one in our Gift Shop.
  • Hand sanitizer - There will be sanitizer on-site as well.
  • A Picnic lunch – You can also purchase lunch (hot lunch or picnic-style) from our Cookhouse. 
  • Your phone – While on-site, use your phone to connect to our virtual tour which will enhance your physical tour of the Village. We also have iPads available which may be signed out during your visit. (These will be thoroughly sanitized following each use.) 

When You Arrive:

  • As always, enter through the Hosking Store. There are two designated registration stations on either side of the Store where you will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer or wash your hands in the washroom before completing a registration form. (The information you provide will only be shared with the Department of Health should contact tracing ever be required.) 
  • Should both stations be filled when you arrive, a Greeter will meet you in the parking lot with a registration form. You will be invited to enter once the other groups have left the Hosking Store. 
  • Once you have registered for your visit, you will be asked if you would like to purchase a hot lunch or a picnic lunch from our Cookhouse. As always, meals are to be paid for in the Store. No payments are accepted in the Cookhouse itself. You will receive a meal ticket to present to the Cook once you arrive in the Cookhouse. 
  • Washrooms are located in the Gift Shop (inside the Hosking Store). You may visit the Gift Shop before or after your tour of the Village. We accept cash, however we highly encourage the use of debit or credit cards for payment or donations. 

When You Leave:

Please check to make sure other groups have left the Store before going back inside to exit the same way you arrived. Please adhere to social distancing guidelines while visiting the gift shop, the washrooms and the parking lot. 

We want to assure you that your safety and personal enjoyment of our site are of the utmost importance to us. Should you have any questions about any of the above or anything else related to Covid-19, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 902-845-1937 or

Time: 9:30am-4pm

Fee: Admission by Donation

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2021 Summer Season Starts June 23

Wed, June 23, 2021

Memory Lane Heritage Village will be opening for the season on June 23rd. 

We will be open Wednesday to Sunday from 9:30 AM until 4PM with extended hours on Thursdays, starting July 8th (see details below) 

PLEASE NOTE: The museum will be closed on July 1st for our Donut Drive-Thru celebrating the 21st birthday of Memory Lane Heritage Village. Learn More>>


New for the 2021 summer season...

Thursday Evenings at Memory Lane: Supper & Spotlight Series

Memory Lane is staying open late on Thursdays! Hours of operation will be 9:30 AM to 8:00 PM. Last admission will be at 7:30 PM.

Regular admission applies, unless you are purchasing a Suppertime Combo Ticket. All buildings will be open for a self-guided Twilight Tour. It will be just like visiting during the day, but with the bonus of “magic hour” lighting. The Village is so beautiful before sunset; visitors are highly encouraged to take photos!


Can you hear the supper bell ringing?

The Cookhouse will feature a different evening meal each week. Reservations are required (purchase online or call us to reserve). First seating 5-6 PM, second seating 6-7 PM. Outdoor seating is available by the Dufferin Pond. Cook Dave is working hard on a menu plan and we should be able to post the schedule on our website very soon. Rest assured, all of your favourite Memory Lane comfort meals will be in the rotation!

Suppertime Combo Meal tickets are $23 for non-members and $19 for members. $12 for children under 12 ($10 for members). Combo tickets include admission to the Village. (Please note that the purchase of a meal will not be necessary for a Thursday evening visit. Tour-only admission rates will also be available.) Bar service will be available.


Eastern Shore Heritage Spotlight Series

Every Thursday, at 7 PM in the Clam Factory, local history experts and enthusiasts will present a ½ hour illustrated “talk” on a local history topic followed by a brief Q&A. Bar service will be available for those who wish to enjoy a spirited beverage along with their history lesson.

There will be no additional charge to attend these talks beyond regular admission, however seating is limited so reservations will be required. (Society members get free admission).

A schedule will be posted on our website as soon as speakers and topics are finalized. Come to one talk or sign up for them all!

Click Here to check out our group tour package options and call if you would like to book a group tour. 

Please Note: Memory Lane Heritage Village has free-roaming farm animals on site and does not allow pets within the Village grounds.

Time: 9:30am-4pm, Wednesday to Sunday (with extended hours on Thursday starting July 8)

Fee: Regular Admission Fees

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Drive-Thru Donuts for Memory Lane’s 21st Birthday!

Thu, July 01, 2021

The Heritage Village will be closed on July 1st but we didn't want you to miss out on your donuts in celebration of Memory Lane's 21st birthday! So, we will be giving away a free, freshly made donut from our Vintage Donut Robot to each member in your vehicle in our Donut Drive-Through on July 1st from 10AM to 2PM! (Limited Quantities.)

Please be aware of the following important information:

  • Approach the Village from the Number 7 highway, if there is a line up, keep to the shoulder of the road.
  • If the line-up extends to the number 7 highway, please consider taking a drive to Clam Harbour beach and returning when the line has diminished.
  • Do not leave your car. The Village, including the Hosking Store, will not be open for public use. There will be no public washrooms available during this event.
  • Please respect physical distancing. Our volunteers will be masked, and bagged donuts will be handed to you on a tray
  • Due to limited supplies, we will not be selling additional donuts until 1:30 PM. Please check in then for bags of 5 for $5 and 10 for $10. Please have exact change ready. Cash only.
  • A cash donation is always welcome to help offset our COVID closures and cancellations

Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Fee: Free admission, Donations appreciated

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An Afternoon with Clary Croft

Sun, July 04, 2021

Join beloved folklorist, storyteller, and performer Clary Croft for an afternoon of stories and a little bit of song, as he spins the tale of his fifty-year career in the arts in Nova Scotia, featuring The Privateers, Helen Creighton, and more in his new book, Clary Croft: My Charmed Life in Music, Art, and Folklore.

Folklorist, recording artist, actor, songwriter, broadcaster, storyteller, author, archivist, artisan, and designer: over a career spanning more than fifty years, Clary Croft has woven the threads of his vast array of talents into a tapestry that has enveloped the life of an artist, and in the process he’s become a household name in Nova Scotia and beyond.

“I have led a charmed life. I know that, and I am grateful every day.”— Clary Croft

Tickets are limited. There is no fee to attend this event but you must reserve a ticket by clicking on the link below or calling the Village at 902-845-1937 to reserve your spot.

Following his talk, Clary Croft will sign books outside on the lawn. Books can be purchased in the Memory Lane Gift Shop ahead of the book signing.

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Time: 2pm

Fee: Free, Reservation Required

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Women’s Heritage Celebration

Sat, July 17 - Sun, July 18, 2021

The Women's Heritage Celebration is an annual celebration of women’s work in the home and community, with activities for the entire family throughout the village grounds. 

The 2021 Activities schedule will be posted closer to the event. There will be hands-on opportunities and demonstrations for visitors so please check back for all the details!

Please Note: Memory Lane Heritage Village has free-roaming farm animals on site and does not allow pets within the Village grounds.


Photo Credit: Veronica Horsman
Photos by Veronica Horsman


Time: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Fee: Free admission, Donations appreciated

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The standard Cookhouse menu will be available during this event. 

The Cookhouse is open from 11am to 3pm.

Nova Scotia Forest Festival

Sat, October 02, 2021

Grab Your Plaid and Head for the Woods! 

The Nova Scotia Forest Festival is a showcase of the many ways Nova Scotians connect to the Province’s forests for their livelihood, housing, recreation, food, and heritage. From hands-on demonstrations and activities to learning to throw an axe or paddle a canoe, come and enjoy an array of activities in the fresh fall air! 

After working up an appetite, head on over to the Cookhouse where we will be serving traditional lumberjack meals on enamel plates and bowls, just like back in the day! 

The Nova Scotia Forest Festival runs from 11am to 4pm and is rain or shine, so come on out no matter the weather!

Please Note: Memory Lane Heritage Village has farm animals on site and does not allow pets within the Village grounds.

Please check back for the 2020 Forest Festival video in the new year!

Forest Festival Activities Schedule (Please Note: the 2021 schedule will be posted closer to the event. In the meantime, take a peek at the 2019 event!)

Download and print a copy of the schedule before you come, OR help us reduce printing costs and minimize waste at the festival by downloading a copy of the Activities Schedule for your mobile device! (To properly view the schedule, click on the image below to expand it to full size.)

Please Note: The schedule has been formatted to be printed on legal size paper.



Many thanks to our 2019 sponsors & supporters. We look forward to a great 2021 event!


Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Fee: Free admission, donations welcome

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Cookhouse menu TBA. Please check back for 2021 details closer to the event.

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