Know before you go

We are happy to welcome you back to the Wile Carding Mill.  It is our mission to provide a responsible and comfortable visit to our site.

We’ve been working hard to prepare our sites for your visit, however, Social Distancing isn’t always possible in all of our spaces. 

As of July 31, 2020, wearing a non-medical mask is now mandatory in most indoor spaces, including Nova Scotia Museums. Children under two are exempt, as are children aged two to four when their parent or caregiver cannot get them to wear a mask.

We ask that you be prepared and bring a mask with you when you are visiting our museums.

Safety first 


What we are doing to keep you safe 

The following practices have been put in place to protect you and our staff: 

  • staff are monitoring their personal health, and will stay at home if they are feeling unwell 
  • increased environmental cleaning and ventilation of public spaces and worksites 
  • we have made cleaning part of everyone’s daily duties 
  • enhanced cleaning of interactives, shared equipment, high-touch surfaces 
  • hands on activities have been removed this summer to reduce shared contact and maintain social distancing 
  • hand sanitizer dispensers or hand washing stations are available at entrances and in common areas 
  • social distancing - keep a distance of at least 2 metres/6 feet from others  
  • hand sanitizer dispensers are available at entrance/li>
  • we have installed new signage to remind you and staff of safety precautions.
  • we have floor markings to help ensure social distancing is maintained between the interpreter and visitors
  • entry is limited to one tour inside the mill at a time
  • these changes are enforceable under public health orders.  

Access to the Wile Carding Mill Museum will be by appointment only. This is limited to 4 tours a day, with a maximum of 8 people per group, which run on the hour. The first tour is at noon and the last one is at 3pm. We ask that you arrive on time for your appointment all tours end at quarter to the hour. Visitor washrooms will be sanitized twice daily. Card transactions are preferred, any cash can only be given as a donation. Floor markings will be in place for you and your interpreter to maintain social distancing  during your visit. 

What you can do to keep us safe 

Before your visit please review the following guidelines to ensure you are protecting yourself and others: 

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available 
  • when coughing or sneezing: 
  • cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand 
  • dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards 
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands 
  • make sure you are up to date on the latest public health guidelines on hygiene
  • stay home if you are unwell, if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have been around someone who is unwell. 
  • everyone visiting the museum should practice social distancing to reduce their exposure to other people - this means you should stay at least two metres away from anyone you do not live with or who isn’t in your bubble. 
  • wearing a non-medical mask is now mandatory in most indoor spaces, including Nova Scotia Museums

How your visit will be different 

Reopening Monday July 13th. Monday to Friday; 12-4pm. We are open to the public during that 4 hour period with 4 tour blocks for groups of up to 8 people. Staff will be onsite starting Monday July 6th to take bookings by phone 902-543-8233.

Wile Carding Mill Museum staff will continue to provide warm and friendly atmosphere. What will be different this summer are the extra steps we are taking to keep everyone safe. This means your tour is scheduled with clear start and end timeshands-on activities and interactives have also been omittedThe tour has been modified and in place of running the water wheel, visitors will view 5 minute video that details it’s function.