Parry Sound’s Museum on Tower Hill is introducing a new exhibit that brings back the heyday of the railroad in the region.

The museum is bringing in a working model of the Ottawa, Arnprior and Parry Sound Railway.

The model is being donated by Graham McDonald who spent 15 years building the replica in his basement.

Museum Curator/Manager Nadine Hammond says planning for the donation has been in the works for over 10 years and was a surprise for her when she started with the museum in 2011.

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Photo: Model of Depot Harbour courtesy of Museum on Tower Hill

Hammond says the model is a reminder of the glory days of Depot Harbour, one of the busiest ports in the country in the 1920s.


The museum is currently looking to raise $5,000 through GoFundMe by February 28th as part of a larger plan to renovate the E. Roy Smith Gallery where the replica will be installed.

In total, $150,000 will be spent to revitalize the gallery.

If you would like to make a donation to make all this possible, just click gofundme.