Gay Lea Dairy Museum & CEC


We are hosting a FREE solar eclipse event on Monday, April 8th. 1-2 pairs of glasses per family. Please email to pre-register & for more information go to our website
Admission is
$5 for youth under 16
Under 5 is free
$25 family rate for 2 adults & 2 children

For our season, we are open from May to September, Thursdays to Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Outside of those times, we are always available for groups & events & tours by appointment.

Originally a private collection, the Dairy Museum is now owned and operated by Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Ltd., a co-op of 1400+ Ontario dairy farmers. The collection contains over 22,000 artifacts related to the dairy industry and other farming activities. Located on a 98 acre property, visitors can explore the collection, enjoy a picnic and walk our trails through the Carolinian Forest.

The Co-operative Education Centre was created with a simple goal in mind:
to provide co-operators, community leaders and changemakers with an
inspiring and serene space to create and collaborate.

Located near Aylmer, Ontario, the CEC is an ideal venue to host workshops, retreats, conferences, weddings and celebrations. Features on our site include:
- 8 cabins, up to 6 guests per cabin
- Communal hall for workshops, talks & screenings
- Outdoor event tent for 100+ guests
- Commercial grade kitchen
- Sound system, LCD projectors and screens
- Breakout meeting rooms
- Walking trails throughout the grounds
- Large open fields for team challenges and sports & recreation
- Heaps of sports & recreational equipment on site

Check back for events on site, which for this year will include:

Solar Eclipse celebrations April 8th
Canada Day weekend festivities
Co-operative Young Leaders Program - summer camps CYL Camp
Halloween at t

  • Hours of Operation : Open May to September & by appointment year round
  • Wheelchair Accessible : Yes

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