McDougall Cottage

McDougall Cottage, ca.1858 granite and limestone labourer's dwelling, is located in downtown Cambridge in the historic factory district. Home for more than a century to two families of hardworking Scots, the McDougalls and the Bairds, this charming traditional cottage with its equally charming pocket-sized gardens, boasts the most spectacular hand-painted friezes (patterns along the top of walls or buildings) and trompe l'oeil ceilings (three dimensional illusions) that Ontario has to offer.

The Cottage serves as an interpretation centre, showcasing its unique interior landscape and presenting mini-exhibits on monthly themes.

Please visit our Events page for more information on our ongoing happenings at the Cottage, such as A "Wee Quilt Challenge," kitchen ceilidhs, Kids in Kilts, Tartan Teas and more.   

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McDougall Cottage

89 Grand Ave. S.
Cambridge, ON N1S 2L7

Phone: 519-624-8250



The wee Cottage is open for afternoon visits Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. and Thursdays, noon to 8 p.m.

Admission is by donation unless otherwise noted.

The Cottage is closed from late December through early March.

Finding us

McDougall Cottage is located in downtown Cambridge, Ontario, on the banks of the Grand River at 89 Grand Ave. S., across from Southworks Antiques Mall. On-street parking is available.


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Phone: 519-575-4400
TTY: 519-575-4608

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