Leacock Museum National Historic Site

The 19 room white stucco home was designed and built in 1928 by the famous author, humorist and economist Stephen Butler Leacock. It was here that he wrote most of his famous works and where he spent his most productive years. It contains his library, personal papers and memorabilia. In addition to the original manuscript of “Sunshine Sketches of a Little town” in Leacock’s own handwriting, there are exhibits throughout the house, which has been designated a National Historic Site.

Located in Orillia, Ontario, the Leacock Museum is a National Historic Site.    Situated on the picturesque Lake Couchiching, Leacock Cafe is a simple yet elegant location for lunch.  Whether watching the boats go by or locals strolling along the Gordon Lightfoot trail, visitors are able to enjoy a meal or refresh with a cup of tea while they spend their day in the relaxed exploration of one of Canada’s greatest minds.  The gift shop attached to Leacock Cafe holds a variety of art, curiosities, and publications, both on the author himself as well as the latest works from recipients of the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour.

Leacock Summer Festival: July 22-27


Each year the Leacock Museum stages a festival dedicated exclusively to the Literary Arts. The Leacock Summer Festival showcases the best in contemporary Canadian literature featuring authors, readers and of course books. This year from July 22-27 over twenty authors and presenters will participate in 12 events. The program opens on July 22 with The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson: A Wordless Narrative in 109 Wood Engravings by George Walker. The festival’s tribute to the late Leacock Medal winner Paul Quarrington takes place on Friday night, July 25 with the Friday Night Humour Showcase. Host Terry Fallis will read with Kim Moritsugu and Peter Norman. Three Leacock Medal winners Trevor Cole, Joe Kertes and Morley Torgov return to the festival for a program called But Seriously as they read from their new ‘serious’ fiction.   A festival perennial favourite, noted philosopher, author and contemporary culture commentator Mark Kingwell hosts Happy Hour with Mark Kingwell on Saturday, July 26.  It’s Kingwell’s 10th consecutive appearance at the festival and he will be sharing the bill with M.A.C. Farrant and Ann Dowsell Johnston.

The festival’s children’s day will be a tribute to children’s author Robert Munsch and will include complimentary hot dogs, cake and lemonade.

This year, the festival will also feature two works for the stage. On July 24 and 25 the Leacock House front porch will be the setting for the Single Thread Theatre production of David French’s Salt-Water Moon featuring Michelle Langille and Michael MacEachern and directed by Liam Karry.Single.  

On Wednesday, July 23 a new musical theatre adaption of the Stephen Leacock classic Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town: The Musical premieres at the Orillia Opera House. The original musical score is the creation of Manitoban composer Craig Cassils with book by Mr. Cassils and Robin Richardson.

Three shows will be staged over the festival run. The show features the Mariposa Glee Club under the musical direction of veteran Orillia musician and teacher Blair Bailey.


For additional festival events, details and tickets visit http://leacockmuseum.com/events/

  • Location 50 Museum Drive at Old Brewery Bay, off hwy 12B on eastern outskirts
  • Season June to September, daily 9am -5pm; November to May , Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
  • Admission Adults $5.00, seniors $4.00, Students $3.00, children 3 and under (priceless), family $12.00
  • Groups Group tours available. Group rates on request for 10 or more
  • Facilities Facilities for disabled, cafĂ© is open Monday to Saturday 11:30am-4pm and Sunday for brunch from 10:30am-2:30pm, June to September. Meeting space also available
50 Museum Drive, Box 625
Orillia, ON L3V 6K5
Phone number: 
+1 (705) 329-1908
Fax number: 
+1 (705) 326-5578

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