Attending the Oliver Paipoonge Heritage Park is an enchanting journey through time that offers a captivating glimpse into the past. The park boasts an array of exhibits, including the Duke Hunt museum, as well as authentically restored village buildings and machinery. Stroll through the charming village, where you’ll find a school, a church, a train station, and a caboose that transport you to a bygone era. The heart of the park is the village square, where the Fred Goodfellow General store stands as time-honored landmark. Just a few more steps and you’ll be in Russ’s Garage which houses an extraordinary collection of vintage automobiles and nostalgic memorabilia. The park is a haven for history enthusiasts, and a brilliant day trip for children and families. Special events throughout the season round out the experience. We hope to see you soon!


OPHP Village Garage


Duke Hunt Museum


Russ's Garage


The Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge recognizes that the Oliver Paipoonge Heritage Park is on the traditional land of the Fort William First Nation signatory to the Robinson Superior Treaty of 1850, and acknowledges the role of the Métis Settlement in the development of our community.

We aim to honour the stories, achievements and resilience of Indigenous Peoples, who have lived on this land since time immemorial and whose presence continues to impact the evolving community and Canada.

Train Station

Barn Quilt Competition

June 8 - September 20

Historic Places Days – Photo Contest

July 11 @ 12:00 pm - July 14 @ 4:30 pm

Family Day

July 20 @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

OPHP Day Camp

July 24 @ 12:00 pm - July 26 @ 5:00 pm

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  • Classic Day 2024

    Thank you all for attending our 2nd annual Classic day and to our exhibitors for making the event such a success. You can read more about the event at: Classic Day Back in Action at Heritage Park - TBNewswatch We hope to see you again next year! To learn more about our exhibitors: Antique Tractors - Personal Collections Kakabeka Tired Iron Club Terry Moore Model Train Lakehead Radio Control Car Club Thunder Bay Model Railroaders Lakehead Aeromodellers Classic Cars - Personal Collections Thunder Bay Museum Classic Car Raffle Music By: Strait Up Cold Slate Creamery  

  • Whiskey Row

    History of Whiskey Row In 1974, a group of friends worked on a race car for #9 Ron Mathews. Only so many pit crew members were allowed in the pits so the rest of us took to the stands in corner #4. Its here we decided t call ourselves Whiskey Row, as in those days some whiskey was consumed. We raffled off donated prizes and the proceeds went to sponsoring the car. We later brought Wayne Hari and Stu Crawford into the fold. When Riverview closed and Mosquito opened we didn’t have a car to sponsor as Wayne and Stu were the track owners and Ron Mathews had passed away. Its here we decided to hold the Whiskey Row Classic for street stocks and put up 1000 dollars to win. The payout money was raised through ticket sales on prizes. The 1000 dollar pay out at that time was the [...]

  • Russ Wanzuk – A Life Worth Celebration

    Russ, if you were listening, I hope that we did you proud, amidst the clap of thunder above the tent shelter at OPHP this morning. The friends, relatives and students of you and Elaine, enjoyed some very heartfelt and sincere reflections and remembrances of your endeavours throughout your life, with the encouragement of Elaine, your partner of 47 years. You definitely left an impression on the community, within which you lived and thrived, and in which you practiced your craft; a craft, I will call it, that craft of being a teacher, an instructor, a life teacher to the many young minds that grew up in the rural schools, and some city schools, where you and Elaine called home, never expecting anything in return, apart from knowing that you were imparting your knowledge and personal wisdom to them, so that they could become  good citizens in our community. I believe [...]

  • Survey to Guide Park’s Advocates – Chronicle Journal

    Take the short survey and share what interests you in Oliver Paipoonge Heritage Park! Your feedback will help guide volunteer efforts and help move the Friends of OPHP group closer to its goal of incorporating as an official not-for-profit organization to pursue fundraising opportunities to support the park. bit.ly/3VUYF0M

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