Welcome to the Craigleith Heritage Depot. We are a museum, a branch of the Blue Mountains Public Library, an archive, and a tourism information centre: a true community hub!
Learn more about the Craigleith Heritage Depot, local history resources, tourism info, programs and events, and more.
Please note: Craigleith Heritage Depot is temporarily closed while we undergo renovations to improve our air quality. You are invited to engage with our online exhibits and research resources. Our staff, other museum, archival, and library services are available at L.E. Shore Memorial Library. Outdoor Wi-Fi access and the Craigleith Heritage Depot bookdrop are still available for use.
View photo updates on the remediation project.
This Frequently Asked Question page has been added to assist in transparency pertaining to our temporary closure and current service model. As new questions are posed, or updated responses become available, we will provide updates to this document. For photo updates, view here.
UPDATED 6-22-20 As a result of COVID-19 we anticipate the CHD reopening to be further delayed. We had anticipated the opening would occur by early summer. The timing is based on the remediation schedule and outside contractors to complete the work. Ongoing updates will be made as we move through the process. As a result of facility closure to non-essential staff for a number of months, much of the work was halted. It is only since June that our CHD staff have been working regularly at the facility to begin to put things back together. Prior to the Town facilities shutdown in March, the radon remediation did occur and all tests are now clear.
UPDATED 6-22-20 The Craigleith Heritage Depot and TBM staff are working together to research the remediation needs. While there was initial concern that this could be tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars, through research and taking all remidiation slowly and in a deliberate manner, the bulk of the work has been done, including testing for a very minimal amount.
Areas of the building with elevated results for mould and/or radon were restricted to non-public spaces.
The Grey Bruce Public Health Unit has a number of resources relating to radon.
Research services and museum inquiries can be made online, by email or in person at LE Shore Library where museum staff are working. On-line exhibits and research resources at https://www.thebluemountainslibrary.ca/chd-exhibits.cfm and exterior static exhibit panels are available 24 hours a day.
UPDATED 6-22-20 Contact the museum curator at email@example.com or 519-599-3681 and provide the details of your donation. Cash donations can always be taken via phone or mail as well. Staff can make arrangements to meet with donors at CHD, providing all parties are wearing PPE including masks.
UPDATED 5-21-20 Ambassador Tourism centres are the Town of The Blue Mountains Town Hall, Royal Harbour Resort and Scandinave Spa. L.E. Shore also has a display with number of fliers and brochures provided by local companies and groups. The Explore Blue is a great place to get updated information while many sites have altered hours and operations due to the pandemic.
UPDATED 5-21-20 No. Due to the Minister's Order to close Library, Museum and Tourism facilities, and for their to be no contact to materials outside of the Curbside programs, books can be dropped off at L.E. Shore only at this time. We apologize for the Craigleith loss, but this allows us to limit staff contact with their personal vehicles to potentially contaminated materials.
All Wi-Fi services are continuing as normal. You may access Wi-Fi on the grounds or from your car in the parking lot. Standard login is required.
UPDATED 2-27-20 The staff of both the museum and the Town have been working on testing, remediation, and budget planning since our temporary closure on October 24, 2019. As well as the Blue Mountains Public Library Board, Museum Advisory Council and Town of the Blue Mountains Council all have expressed their belief that the Craigleith Heritage Depot must be opened as quickly, but as safely as possible. While it may feel like this is taking a long time, all parties are working together to remediate the situation and reopen with as minimal impact to the community.
UPDATED 5-21-20 The facility is now deemed radon free. Air quality testing has occurred and a system has been installed at CHD to provide ongoing real time air quality monitoring which TBM and CHD staff have access to. Additional work still needs to occur such as moving items back into the basement storage and reorganizing the collection for better air flow. This work will occur over Summer 2020.
UPDATED 2-27-20 Throughout February the CHD staff emptied areas of the building to prepare for the radon remediation. All library materials were brought back to LE Shore for use and/or storage. On February 26th Mr. Radon completed the radon remediation installation. We now will wait for testing to come back to see if it has been successful or if additional remediation equipment is needed for radon in other areas of the building (expected June 2020). The CEO, Curator and TBM members are meeting bi-weekly on Health & Safety of staff and facility remediation and reopening.
UPDATED 6-22-20 Concurrently The Craigleith Heritage Depot and TBM staff continue to work on best practices, air quality monitoring, and equipment for proper storage of the CHD collections in a safe way. Some small changes are still being addressed with our HVAC, but it does not appear that a new system will be required, based on the success of the inital remidiation efforts. For a visual update, visit the remediation progress photo gallery. T