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George Forster House

Phyllis Rawlinson Park Home


Richmond Hill’s Outdoor Education programs will be greatly enhanced by the newly restored George Forster Heritage House, surrounded by Phyllis Rawlinson Park’s conservation lands. York Region’s oldest designated buildings bring Richmond Hill’s rich natural history to life!

Located within Phyllis Rawlinson Park, the George Forster House will provide additional space for indoor and outdoor recreational programs, as well as meeting space for small community groups that might be interested in hosting their meetings and activities in a natural park setting. It will also be home to a display of heritage artifacts related to the property and to Phyllis Rawlinson herself. 

Recently renovated with Provincial and Federal assistance from the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, the George Forster House (built circa 1830) is a two-storey, 2, 500 square foot building originally constructed of hand hewn timber logs. Later modifications include the provision of cedar shakes for the roof, construction of a brick masonry fireplace and chimney and the provision of an exterior pine porch. Both the exterior and  interior of the house were historically designated by Richmond Hill Council in July 1996 in recognition of its unique historical significance. Associated with the house is an 1,850 square foot barn which was also historically designated by Richmond Hill Council in 1996.


Recreational Programs
Beginning in Spring 2011, the Town is pleased to offer an exciting new selection of outdoor programs for individuals and families as well as school, daycare, camp, Scouts, Guides and other community groups of all ages! All of our programs provide hands-on experiences in the natural environment, leading to a better understanding and appreciation of the world around us. Children will learn by doing. As they try new things and experience new activities, they will gain self esteem as they develop their own personal environmental ethic. In addition, everyone’s personal physical fitness will benefit from participating in a guided hike, garden planting, or a forest or pond wildlife study right within Phyllis Rawlinson Park!

There are many program themes to choose from:


Leadership Programs – These programs will be offered to both school and community groups and potentially to corporate business teams. These programs will include, but are not limited to:

  • Cooperative Games
  • Team Building
  • Developing Unity
  • Confidence Building


    Recreational Programs – A variety of programs will be offered to pre-school children, youth and adults such as, orienteering, archery, nature games, snow shelter construction, survival 101, rockin' reptiles, wildflower hunt, snow shoeing, light weight camping, nature artist and much more. Preschool programs will include bug hunt, nature nuts and nature artisits


    Summer Day Camps – Looking for a half day or full-day summer camp experience? Richmond Hill offers multiple camps to choose from.

    For full program details, please refer to the Community Recreation Guide* or email the Outdoor Education and Challenge Course Coordinator at jen.cockburn@richmondhill.ca

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