The museum is a non-profit private collection and can only be viewed online in our information pages below. Each information page has pictures as well as historical information about the hydrants and their manufacturers. Our collection is growing all the time so one day it may become a public museum. Our collection features some of the oldest existing Canadian fire hydrant models.
The Canadian Fire Hydrant & Waterworks Museum is located in Southern Ontario, Canada.
We also have a collection of electro-mechanical sirens, hand water pumps and water main valve box covers. There are also a few American hydrants in our collection.
We wish to thank all the people who have donated hydrants to our Museum.

 

The Hydrant Information Pages

The collection now consists of 108 fire hydrants!

Please feel free to browse the information pages and see all the hydrants we have collected. Use the drop down box to search by manufacturer or city.

 

 

Waterworks & Other Pages

Please feel free to browse the misc picture galleries and see all of the other items we have collected. Use the drop down box to search.

 

 

The Hydrant Wish List

Please click here to see a list of the fire hydrants that we are still looking for to add to our collection. If you are able to help build our collection, please pull the fire alarm below to send us an e-mail.

 

 

We are looking for two of these weather caps.

We are also looking for eight of these nozzle caps. If you can supply us with one or more, please e-mail us. We have some generic style caps to trade for them if yours are still in use.

 

 

 

Oldest Canadian Fire Hydrant

People often ask us, "Which is the oldest hydrant"? That is hard to say since there were so many made and then lost to history over the years. We re-discover lost hydrants once in a while so who knows what we will find next. This hydrant may very well be the oldest remaining Canadian hydrant in existance. We do not know who made it or when, but it is based on a design drawing by T.C. Keefer for the proposal of the Hamilton waterworks in 1856. It's quite possible that it was originally attached to wooden water mains.

 

Front view
Nozzles: 2x 2.5"
Model: Unknown
Date: Unknown
Back view
Side view
 

 

People also ask, "How much is my hydrant worth"? "Is it a valuable antique"? Well in order for it to be considered an antique, it has to be at least 100 years old. If it is between 50 and 100 years old you can say it is vintage. If it is less than 50 years old you could call it a collectable, but that doesn't really mean anything. In most cases an old fire hydrant is only worth the going rate for scrap iron, based on weight. So don't be fooled by those online auctions and sales trying to get hundreds of $ for their "antique hydrant".

 

 

Click the icon to download the Waterworks Of Canada document from 1912.

 

Donor Credits

Some fire hydrants were donated courtesy of the following:

Aurora Public Works Department - Operations Division, Aurora, Ontario

Lincoln Osborne and Utilities Kingston, Kingston, Ontario

Markham Waterworks Department, Markham, Ontario

Newmarket Public Works Department - Water Division, Newmarket, Ontario

Ottawa Waterworks Department - Hydrant Repair Shop, Ottawa, Ontario

Peterborough Utilities Commission - Water, Peterborough, Ontario

 

If you do not have a fire hydrant to donate, but you would still like to help support the hydrant museum, please make a PayPal donation. Your gift could help save a hydrant from being scrapped, melted down and lost forever.
Most of the hydrants in our Museum were purchased from auctions, sales, classified ads, and scrap metal dealers. Preserving these hydrants has become very expensive for us. Your help would be very much appreciated, thank you.

 



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