Callander Bay Heritage Museum & Alex Dufresne Gallery
“Why is there a barbershop in your museum?” ...because our museum started in a barbershop! In 1979 the town barber, Alex Dufresne, convinced the town council to purchase the former Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe home, who was the physician to the Dionne Quintuplets, and turn it into a community museum. Alex donated his photograph collection, various antiques, and his actual barbershop (chairs, sinks, mirrors and all!) to start the museum’s collection. Today, this collection has expanded to include artefacts related to the Dionne Quintuplets, the shipping industry on Lake Nipissing, the sawmills around Callander Bay, and the general history of Callander. The Alex Dufresne Gallery was added in 1994 and hosts 5 art shows a year.
The world was forever changed on May 28th, 1934 with the birth of 5 identical girls in a small Northern Ontario community - The Dionne Quintuplets....