Kincardine's Oldest Building and the Oldest Standing Wooden Hotel in Grey/Bruce Counties

The Walker House was built in 1850 by Francis "Paddy" Walker (17981876) and remains the oldest standing wooden hotel in Bruce and Grey Counties, as well as the oldest building in Kincardine, Ontario, Canada. Only ever owned by two families, the Walker's and Gairns', the House was run as an inn and tavern for over a hundred years. After a disastrous fire in 1995, the Paddy Walker Heritage Society (est. 1998) was formed to restore the building.

Ten years and thousands of volunteer hours later, the Walker House was reopened in 2008 as a local museum and heritage centre. View the permanent and changing exhibits of local history, participate in one of our many heritage events, attend one of our occasional heritage speaker presentations, and more!

The museum has closed for the season and will reopen again to the public next summer. Until then, we are still able to conduct the occasional tour, but please provide us with plenty of notice in advance so that we can arrange for a Board member to be available. You can reach us by emailing 

The Industry Room 
We are pleased to host The Industry Room - a cocktail bar - at the Walker House on Thursdays and Fridays from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM and Saturdays from 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made through the Industry Room's Facebook page.  

In the off season, the Walker House is available to host your next meeting, family gathering, or community event. We have ideal rooms at a modest fee available day or evening. Check out "Rent This House" for more details.