Nor’Westers and Loyalist Museum


Tucked among trees in the historic village of Williamstown, Ontario, Canada, is the Nor'Westers and Loyalist Museum. The Georgian style structure was originally built as a school in 1862. Later, as a centennial project in 1967, it became a museum.

Today, it proudly depicts, in a comprehensive display, the story of Sir John Johnson and Loyalist followers, who settled here during the American Revolution in 1784.

The Nor'Westers Company, an active competitor of the Hudson's Bay Company for the fur trade, explored and opened up much of western Canada and the United States. Some of the principal partners of the North West Co., such as David Thompson, Hugh McGillis, John McGillivray, and Duncan Cameron, lived in this area and the museum contains memorabilia relating to these men and the fur trade.

Hours of Operation:

    Victoria Day to Canada Day

    Saturday & Sunday & holiday Mondays

    1pm - 5pm

    July 1st to August 31st

    Tuesday through Sunday & holiday Mondays

    1pm - 5pm

    Labour Day to Thanksgiving

    Saturday & Sunday & holiday Mondays

    1pm - 5pm

19651 County Rd. 17 Williamstown, ON K0C 2J0

Contact us at (613)347-3547 or

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The Nor’Westers and Loyalist Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Government of Ontario, through the Ministry of Tourism and Culture