In 1997 the Canadian Kashubs in the Ottawa Valley of Ontario, Canada decided to form a group to build a Heritage Park that would pay tribute to the Kashubian Pioneers. They began with a log shanty building which housed a small resource centre. The only book they possessed was written by Father Al Rekowski called the “ THE SAGA of the KASHUB PEOPLE”. Today they provide approximately 40 books about the Kashubs including cook books, embroidery books, family genealogy books, and language dictionaries, as well as many documentaries on DVD about Kashubian culture and the Canadian people. Many CD’S featuring Kashubian music from the past and the present are also available there.
In the year 1999 the group moved a log machine shed to the property to house artifacts . The year 2000 was the start of the first Kashub Day Festival - a party celebrating the rich and unique Kashubian Culture. It featured old time Kashubian music and dance. Since that time, it has grown to one of the largest event is the Madawaska & Bonnechere Valleys attracting approximately 2000 people. Food, refreshments, and a horse driven wagon ride to entertain the young.
n 2008 the park opened a century old Kashub Farmhouse just in time for the 150th anniversary of Kashubian Culture in Canada. This building now houses all the artifacts of the Kashubian pioneer home. There are some spectacular pieces of furniture located there. This building made them an official MUSEUM site. Started off with just a small park and grow into a full fledge Museum. The Kashubs are a very proud people, strong and hard working and they have shown it by building this place to honour their pioneers.
The museum is open every day from when school is out ( end of June) to after Labour Day weekend (first week in September) and every weekend until Thanksgiving weekend around mid-October.
Kashubs from Canada have sent two heritage building to Szymbark Kaszebe for display. Connecting the two Kashub communities.
This project was piloted by the Wilno Heritage Society and Daniel Czapiewski owner of this unique heritage park.