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Quilt Raffle 2018

Quilts Raffle 2018

Be sure to buy your raffle tickets to win one of four quilts. Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00.  The draw will be held October 6, 2018 at 4 p.m. There were 3750 tickets printed. Tickets are available at the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre and from CWHC board members.

Licence #M805039

1st Prize: Sailor Star
2nd Prize: Thomas the Tank Engine
3rd Prize: Seaside Dreams
4th Prize: Steam Engine


Fish Tales Exhibit

Have you been in to the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre this summer to see the featured 2018 exhibit? The Centre is open from 10 to 4, seven days a week until Canadian Thanksgiving Sunday. 

Artifacts, photographs and a diorama tell the stories of the commercial and pleasure fishing in Owen Sound and area. 

Two of the photographs in the exhibit are by local photographer, Willy Waterton and were taken in 1980.  Duncan Moulton was a third generation fisherman, and one of the last in Owen Sound. 

Owen Sound commercial fisherman, Duncan Moulton, taken in 1980. copyright Willy Waterton

Owen Sound commercial fisherman, Duncan Moulton, taken in 1980. photo copyright Willy Waterton

There is a gallery guide available to use in the museum when viewing the exhibit panels.



“Ride the Rails” with the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre  — Sold out!

Join the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre (CWHC) on a journey down the historic railway line from St. Jacobs to Elmira and return, on the Waterloo Central Railway, in a 1923 coach car.  Lunch on your own. Then explore the handcrafted layout at the St. Jacobs & Aberfoyle Model Railway, featuring lighted passenger cars, freight trains, and Southern Ontario structures, in incredible detail.

This fundraising BUS TRIP includes: Luxury coach transportation from Owen Sound, 90 minute train tour on Waterloo Central Railway, and admission to the St. Jacobs & Aberfoyle Model Railway.


TICKETS: $85 each.
CWHC Members receive a $10 discount.
Tickets are available now at CWHC,
and space is limited.

DATE: Saturday September 29, 2018
TIME: 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

DEPARTURE LOCATION: Community Waterfront Heritage Centre
Owen Sound, Ontario
Community Waterfront Heritage Centre
1155 1st Ave West, Owen Sound, ON

For more information please contact:
Wendy Tomlinson, Curator,
Community Waterfront Heritage Centre



Harbourfest 2018 at the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre


Please join us on the west side of the Owen Sound harbour on Saturday, July 14, as we take part in Harbourfest.

The past few years, CWHC has held the Waterfront Festival but this year we are participating in the Harbourfest being held a week later.  The City has activities on the east harbour from 11 am to 10 pm.

CWHC will be open extended hours today: 10 am to 7 pm, with lots of family-friendly activities. The planned activities will be from 11 to 2.

Community Waterfront Heritage Centre  (CWHC) (Staff and Volunteers)

Under the pop-up canopy on the platform, CWHC volunteers will have

  • quilt raffle tickets for sale ($2.00 each)
  • ice-cream sandwiches ($2.00 each)
  • water ($2.00 a bottle).

This is also your chance to buy your tickets for the bus trip on September 29 that includes the 90 minute train trip on the Central Waterloo Railway. 

Be sure to visit the museum to see our featured exhibit for 2018: “Fish Tales” and the children’s activity table. Check out the discovery drawers.

What is Happening 

Model rail layouts will be here from Grey Roots Museum and the Canadian Association of Railway Modellers (CARM).

Best Practice Arts is thrilled to host “Family Fun” demos and workshops throughout the day. Timed special presentations will be from from 11 am – 2 pm, and local groups offering come & go activities starting at 10 am.

11 am: Grey Bruce International Folk Dancers 
12 noon: Dance Improv Workshop (all ages) presented by Owen Sound Dance Academy 
12:45pm: Activities with Debbie Val from At Last Forest School 
1:15pm: Waterfront Family Jam with Lauren Best 
1:40pm: Grey Bruce Friends and Neighbours (FAN) Club puppet show presented by CMHAGB

Lauren Best, 2018 Poet Laureate for Owen Sound, will be hosting children’s activities and ‘poetry smash‘. Lauren will be joined by participates from the Owen Sound Library, the Owen Sound Multicultural Arts & Craft Collective, and the Mental Health Association, who will be doing a range of children’s activities, such as songs, crafts, and puppet shows.

The Sydenham Sportsmen will have a ‘fish pond’ game for kids.

Also joining us onsite are Billy Bishop Museum, Reach, Pottawatomi Spinners & Weavers, and Grey Roots.

Rob Cotton: If you haven’t yet picked up a copy of his book,  Owen Sound Harbour: A Photographic History, he will be joining us at the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre. ($35.00)

On the Water

The Coast Guard will be in the harbour, moored on the west side and you will be able to offer tours of the vessel (while moored only).

There will be some tugs in the harbour.
You can watch the tug-of-war matches from the west side of the harbour. 1 p.m.

There may also be a few surprises.

Please join us for this fun day.